Wow, I had no idea about this! But makes total sense now that I've read up on it. When I was old enough to finally really understand the concept of these movies, I always wondered why they went Nazis--Black Magic Slave Cult--Nazis. I was only six when ToD came out, but I remember seeing this in the theater with my family (I believe my parents must not have fully understood the new PG-13 rating), and being scared during the mine car chase scene for some reason. Funny enough, nothing else in the movie scared me, and I found Willie hilarious. In fact, I thought most of the movie was downright funny because of her...the whole reaction to the bugs in the tunnel, the way she screamed when Indy started chopping the rope bridge...I loved it. And my brother and I used to crack up at how gleefully the alligators rolled around and ripped at the cult members when they fell off the bridge. It's still my favorite of the original trilogy.
Raiders is my least favorite...or at least the one I watch the least often. I really enjoy Last Crusade, and nothing, NOTHING, is funnier to me in any of the movies than the scene where Sean Connery takes his umbrella and starts shooing the birds into the air that end up flying into the plane that was chasing them, causing it to crash. The noises he makes and the way he runs at and flaps his umbrella at the birds...crying laughter every time!
Also, I'm a little ashamed to admit that it took me several years before I realized that these movies took place in the '30s. I think seeing Temple first threw me off, because to my barely elementary school educated self, there was nothing really in the movie that would have tipped me off that it wasn't contemporary, lol. And when Crusade came out five years later, as a sequel, obviously I thought it was five years after the events of Temple. I was only really just then starting to learn about history and I didn't understand that Nazi's didn't exactly exist like that anymore, lol. And no, the wardrobe/cars/technology, etc., didn't tip me off either. I can't remember exactly when I had that "oh wait" moment, but I remember feeling really stupid when I did, haha!