The only "Alamo" related rap song that I am aware of appeared in Steven Spielberg's 1986 Made-For TV AMAZING STORIES tale, "Alamo Jobe". The singer was one "Master Jack", an Alamo Plaza street rapper who had a fascination with Jobe's (Kelly Reno's) coonskin cap. Here are the lyrics to 'Master Jack's' song:
I'm Master Jack, The ultimate king of rap. I'm a mean, lean rappin' machine, Know what I mean? But you got the threads That be turnin' my head!
"Alamo Jobe", starring Kelly Reno in the title role, was filmed at the Universal Studios CA Alamo set. Near the end of the Alamo battle, 16 year old Jobe is sent out as a courier by Colonel Travis, but is cornered near the Alamo chapel by some soldados and almost killed. As Jobe shuts his eyes to await death, he is yanked aside by a modern-day Alamo security guard who tells him it's closing time and then kicks him out of the Alamo onto modern-day Alamo Plaza. (Actually, the Old Plaza in Los Angeles, CA.) Jobe encounters many folks (like 'Master Jack') who, for the most part, think he is crazy. Jobe finally ends up back at the Alamo and then reenters the chapel doors to the sound of gunfire. He is 'home'.
Kelly Reno (of "Black Stallion" fame)was likely chosen for the role of Jobe dure to his horse riding ability. In the show, Jobe escapes the Police upon the back of a Police officer's horse and then rides all over San Antonio looking for one 'General Lefferts' who Jobe hopes, may be able to ride to the relief of the Alamo.)
And unlike 13 days, they used JW's Alamo Footage in the production..
True, Bromhead. And, come to think of it, in the Alamo episode of the 1980's TV series, "Young Riders" ("And Then There Were None") Teaspoon Hunter (Anthony Zerbe) has a flashback nightmare, courtesy of stock footage from the Waynamo.)
Of course, the productions choice for a building to double as the Alamo (the mission church at Old Tucson) could have been better.
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2005 14:18:16 GMT -5 by Greg C.
Nobody replied. Has anyone been on the Universal Studios backlot tour and seen the Alamo set? With a little smoke and mirrors, you could make a fun Alamo movie there. (Kind of hard to get around all of those massive trees, though.)
For a TV series you go on the cheap and use what you've got. The building was already there for free, while all of the 'San Antonio' scenes were shot locally in Los Angeles. Keeping a production at home is good for the economy of the city, as well as the studio pocketbook. And in my mind, anyway, the more Alamo replicas around, the better.
The "Young Riders" episode is a no-brainer, as most of that series was filmed at, or near Old Tucson. Still, they might've taken a day and at least tried to make that old mission church resemble the Alamo a bit more...
I was there back in the early 80's but don't remember the alamo set..
Bromhead, the Universal Studios Alamo set was originally constructed for the 1984 film "Cloak And Dagger" with Dabney Coleman. It was used the following year for 'Alamo Jobe'. At the time, it was not a complete facade and merely used for close-ups of the Alamo doorway. For long shots and exteriors, the actual Alamo and San Antonio were used. Here's how it looked, back then...