Star Trek fan-film from 1971

Betamax obsessive Ray Glasser produced this Star Trek fan-film in 1971 for a class at Ohio State; it's a nice, corny piece of work. I really like the scenery-chewing acting, and as John at Neatorama pointed out, the sideburns and mustache for Spock are damned stylish.

This video was a final exam in a TV production class that I took at Ohio State back in the spring of 1971. Even as a lad of 21, I always had to have everything preserved!! I had this taped on 1" open-reel videotape, then transferred it to U-Matic and then to Beta. (I got an A-.)
My College Star Trek Production - from 1971!!!! (via Neatorama)


  1. My guess is that would be Betacam not Betamax. Same tape shell, same M wrap but different tape formulation and a very different signal.

    1. Betamax predated Betacam. This predates them both by some time. 1971 meant black and white open reel tape.

  2. Wow. That transporter malfunction not only gave Spock a sideburns and a ‘stache, but he’s started sayihng “uh…”!

    Also, I detect an incongruity in the tricorder’s ability to link to the Enterprise’s library.

    1. ‘”Legacy of the Past” — that’s my favorite kind of legacy!’

      My favorite is the Legacy of the Subaru.

      I was really disapointed when they arrived at their studios. Not the most creative place to film. Also, sad they couldn’t do better than T-shirts.

  3. A ‘stache but no beard? How are we supposed to know if this Spock is good or evil?

  4. That guy’s really got Kirk’s body language down. Even his body itself looks like Kirk’s.

  5. Well, Steam Trek from Dennis Sisterson is from 1994, but a cool spoof of the series nonetheless:

  6. Ray Glasser is 100% awesome and this is 100% awesome! He’s of the best authorities on vintage pre-digital video technology out there.

  7. This was obviously from the era when Star Fleet contracted Fruit of the Loom for uniforms. Justly enough, this did not last.

  8. Where did Ray Glasser get decent, full-sized Star Trek props from in 1971?

  9. Pretty cool.

    It’s always fun to see people making more of the things they love. I remember hearing about Star Trek fan flicks being made locally in the 80s and that surprised me but never actually saw one. What happened to them, I wonder aloud on an internet comment thread. Best intentions, doomed to obscurity or I just haven’t looked hard enough? I’ll never know.

    But, seriously, does Kirk get the girl?

  10. @ Uncle Geo – are you the “Uncle Geo” I think you might be, on a bit of further reflection? The guy with the gear brokerage?

  11. I find the woman’s role very interesting. I wouldn’t call Star Trek (TOS) a really equal-opportunity show, but “Captain, I’m scared (hug me)” is well past the low points of the original show.

  12. According to the YT page the original (this is not from it) was 1″ open-reel, later dubbed to U-matic then to Beta.

    Some commentor complains that this is not actually from 1971. But I doubt that any noob could successfully duplicate the hair on the Spock character … fully authentic for the day.

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