You can have too much money. (Not YOU specifically -- you are a valued listener and deserve Scrooge McDuckian riches.) The world's movie studios, TV networks, and other visual-fun production companies think they need an infinite budget to make the next 'Star Wars'-type cultural phenomenon. But what if we told them the history of film & TV is packed with enormous successes that sprang from running out of money? And what if one of the prime examples of that is 'Star Wars' itself?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by working writers Hallie Cantor, Ben Joseph, and Chase Mitchell to see how the biggest movies and TV shows stumbled into great ideas by not being able to pay for their first idea. Discover which region-defining TV show was supposed to be set in the wrong city & state, which British national epic almost had zero style, which defining film of the 1980s achieved greatness by lying to the cops, and so much more.

Footnotes:

Hallie Cantor on Twitter

Ben Joseph on Twitter

Chase Mitchell on Twitter

New Guy Weekly (Cracked.com YouTube channel)

7 Times Being Totally Cheap Resulted In Movie Magic (Cracked)

7 Iconic Scenes (We Only Got Because The Movie Was Broke) (Cracked)

6 WTF Ways Major Blockbusters Tried To Save A Buck (Cracked)

Why the Jaws Shark Looks Fake and How That Works to the Film's Advantage (Consequence of Sound)

Why Dr. Evil Has Ill-Tempered Sea Bass In Austin Powers (CinemaBlend)

opening credits for Halloween (1978), featuring Donald Pleasence's name before the movie title

10 Things You Should Know About 'The Terminator' (Screenrant)

Great Scene: "Rocky" (The Black List blog)

18 Black-and-White Facts About 'Clerks' (Mental Floss)

20 Years Ago, 'Clueless' Like Totally Changed '90s Fashion And Vernacular (NPR)

Doctor Who, Star Trek, limitations & creativity (Den Of Geek)

Interview: Vince Gilligan on the Evolution of Breaking Bad (Slant Magazine)

How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad… nearly 30 years ago (Ars Technica)

39 Things We Learned from the Banned 'Dr. No' Commentary (Film School Rejects)

great minimalist room by Ken Adam for Dr. No

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