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Long recognized as the definitive reference work on the hundreds of science fiction movies that from 1950 through 1962 terrified and fascinated a generation with zombified teenagers, robots, invading aliens and monsters of every kind, Bill Warren's Keep Watching the Skies! is greatly expanded in this 21st Century Edition. With new entries on several films, it also revisits, revises and expands the commentary on every film in the 1982 and 1986 two-volume edition.
In addition to a detailed plot synopsis, cast and credit listings, and an overview of each film's critical reception, Warren delivers richly informative assessments of the films and a wealth of insights and anecdotes about their making, often drawing on remarks by the filmmakers that have emerged in the quarter century since the original edition. The book is arranged by film title, contains 273 photographs (many rare, some in color), has seven useful appendices, and concludes with an enormous index.
Foreword Howard Waldrop Waldrop, Howard 1
Source Abbreviations 20
The Films 21
Appendix I Films in Order of Release 921
Appendix II Oh, Yes, They're the Great Pretenders 923
Appendix III Announced Titles 929
Appendix IV The Bowery Boys 931
Appendix V 1950s Movies That Have Been Remade 932
Appendix VI Science Fiction Serials of the 1950s 932
Appendix VII Notable Posters of the Period 933
Appendix VIII One More Film 935
Appendix IX Farewell to the Birdman of South El Monte 937
Posted February 22, 2010
This books has everything - cast & crew lists, plot summaries, commentaries, stills, posters, fun facts - for great films, bad films, childhood favorites, and some films I had never even hear of before. Wonderfully entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2009
I've been reading the original edition for years and I've always said to myself "this book would benefit from an update" because even though it was comprehensive and complete, it was released in 1984 and data (specially about actors and directors) was largely outdated. And now it's here, an updated and extended edition. Entries are now alphabetically ordered (I don't know if this is better or not, I did like a lot the year-by-year order of the original), it includes more pictures (some posters in color), the book is hardcover and (at last) all entries are updated. It's a bit sad because now you can see almost everyone related to the making of these movies are gone, but at least is information included on the book. Some aditional info about DVD editions and newly discovered backgroud information is also included.
I don't think there is another book about 50's sci-fi american movies as comprehensive as this one, and I doubt it will ever be. It's simply the definitive guide on these movies.
Posted November 28, 2010
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