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Gallery: 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies'

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In some ways, pining for unmade movies is the purest form of movie love - because we can never be disappointed by the outcome of a promising-sounding project. We've looked back longingly at several such almost-movies, so we're kind of the target audience for Harryhausen: The Lost Movies (out now from Titan Books), John Walsh's investigation of the unrealized work of special effects groundbreaker Ray Harryhausen. Casting a wide net over the coulda-been, Walsh digs into unused ideas, projects he turned down and scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor, using a treasure trove of never-before-seen artwork, sketches, photos and test footage from the Harryhausen Foundation archives.

We're pleased to present this exclusive gallery of images from the book, which you can order yourself here.

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Ray Harryhausen working on Jupiterian, 1937.

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Ray's concept artwork for Valley of the Mist (1950).

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Behind-the-scenes photography of Ray and his team working on It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955).

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Concept art for 20 Million Miles to Earth, (1957) showing the creature wreaking havoc in the Roman Forum.

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A cut scene from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958).

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Charcoal concept art for an unrealised scene from Mysterious Island (1961).

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Concerpt art of Ray's vision for H.G. Wells's novel Food of the Gods (1961).

Test footage of the Poseidon model from unused idea for The Story of Odysseus (1996-98).

All images from Harryhausen: The Lost Movies by John Walsh, out now from Titan Books.

(It Came from Beneath the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island © Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. All Rights Reserved.)