Indiana Jones, between movies.

I have mentioned it here before, but until tonight I had never seen Harrison Ford’s fourth appearance as Indiana Jones, in the bookends to the ‘Mystery of the Blues’ episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1993).

Although it was filmed only a few years after his third appearance as Indy, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), this fourth appearance takes place quite a bit later in the official Indy chronology; the first three films all take place between 1935 and 1938, while this section of the TV episode takes place in 1950.

Ford’s fifth appearance as Indy, in this year’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was filmed a decade and a half after this TV episode but takes place just a few years later, in 1957.

Anyway, here is the opening bookends sequence:

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And here is the closing bookends sequence:

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Ken Brown

    Suddenly I’m not at so disappointed about never seeing that show, though it does remind me (fondly) of McGyver. Still, you’d think if they were gonna do a cameo with Harrison Ford (with a beard?), they could have come up with something a little less cheesy for him to do!

  • thomwade

    The main reason I never watched the show was that my interest in watching Indiana Jones was stories set at the age of Harrison Ford. I was not terribly interested in what he did at age six or sixteen. And seeing this appearance from Ford makes me okay with never having watched it.

  • fiorinda

    I’m afraid I didn’t watch the series, either. But for a very different reason. I couldn’t imagine anyone but River Phoenix as the Young Indy. (He was my favorite teen actor when I was in middle school). I found the list of appearances at the beginning of the first clip pretty fascinating. It’s funny when you recognize names of people from before they are well known.

    Thanks for the clips. I am in the middle of playing the Lego Indiana Jones video game, so I’m feeling pretty immersed in the whole Indiana Jone thing. :)