Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, Vol. I, 1950-1957 and Vol. II, 1958-1962

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Relive and thrill to the science fiction movies of the '50s (through 1962), when jujubes and popcorn with extra butter went arm and arm with mad women (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), weird teenagers (I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Teenage Zombies), ill-fated matches (I Married a Monster from Outer Space), victims of scientific experiments (The Fly), and all those things that kept dropping in from outer space (The Blob, The Brain Eaters).

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1982 1st Edition 3. pp. 1. Description: 2 v. : ill.; 24 cm. Includes indexes. Bibliography: v. 2, p. 725-728. Subjects: Science fiction films--United States--History and ... criticism. Near fine copy in the original title-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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Relive and thrill to the science fiction movies of the '50s (through 1962), when jujubes and popcorn with extra butter went arm and arm with mad women (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), weird teenagers (I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Teenage Zombies), ill-fated matches (I Married a Monster from Outer Space), victims of scientific experiments (The Fly), and all those things that kept dropping in from outer space (The Blob, The Brain Eaters).

As Warren meticulously and unfailingly points out, special effects were infantile ("They fall into a huge spider web which strongly resembles a cargo net," Earth vs. The Spider), budgets incredibly small ("As Jack Moffitt noted, 'the giant spaceman must be a fugitive from medieval France since, on his chest, he wears a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis. On his back, is an Assyrian bull, indicating he may have had his cleaning, pressing and mending done in Babylon'," Attack of the 50 Foot Woman). From The Astounding She-Monster, another small budget reminder: "In the first day of filming, the She-Monster bent over to kill one of the characters and ripped (her) suit in the back ... so in all subsequent scenes, the She-Monster makes exits and entrances facing the camera. Of course, this means she is walking backward much of the time, but aliens are weird."

The book is filled with witty, fanatically in-depth critiques, with insider anecdotes. In addition to detailed plot synopses and production data, Warren cites good and bad reviews from the period, then adds his own analysis of how the film stands up after two or three decades. Credits add to and correct other publishedsources. Fantastic photographs, drawings, appendices and index are included.

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This is a continuation of the well-received 1982 work that covered the years 1950-57. The films are arranged alphabetically within year of release. Each is synopsized at length, often with quotes, and much data is proffered on the actors, directors, writers, special effects, etc. Warren also offers his own very definite opinions and sometimes takes strong exception to fellow writers and critics. Appendixes contain full casts and credits and films announced but never produced. This is probably more than anyone except fervent fans will want to know, but Warren's obvious affection for the films and his spirited style make this eminently readable and highly recommended for most collections. Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899501918
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1982
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 485

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