Just got “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” on DVD and watched the theatrical trailer.
I remember Ebert complaining about how because modern movies spend so much money they are desperate to get a lot of it into the advertisements. Well I’m not sure how that explains this trailer-some of the war shots OK. But:
It shows the Bad getting caught&interrogated by the Ugly. Shows Bad’s escape. Shows Good catching Bad unawares as he digs at grave. Shows Ugly then catch Good anawares same place. Then shows all three in the classic three way duel shot (including the eye closeups). It shows the Good gets a shot off. So we basically have a three minute trailer whose last minute is a sum up of the last ten minutes of the movie.
I was thinking of putting this in the Pit but I had no intention of having to put “kinda weak/lame” next to the title. So instead I’ll ask if anyone’s DVD library shows the earliest example of a trailer completely wrecking the movie…