Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks: Conversations with 24 Actors, Writers, Producers and Directors from the Golden Age

Overview

As a 12-year-old, Richard Eyer costarred with Robby the Robot. In Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Paul Mantee's costar was a monkey named Barney who received billing as "Mona, the Woolly Monkey." Actress Randy Stuart played the wife of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Alan Caillou wrote the original pilot outline for television's The Six Million Dollar Man. Asked to look over the final script six months later, he noticed that exactly one of his lines was being used (and that out of ...

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Overview

As a 12-year-old, Richard Eyer costarred with Robby the Robot. In Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Paul Mantee's costar was a monkey named Barney who received billing as "Mona, the Woolly Monkey." Actress Randy Stuart played the wife of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Alan Caillou wrote the original pilot outline for television's The Six Million Dollar Man. Asked to look over the final script six months later, he noticed that exactly one of his lines was being used (and that out of context) and that 27 writers were being given writing credit!

Tom Weaver-author of Attack of the Monster Movie Makers, Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes, They Fought in the Creature Features, and Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers-returns with a new collection of interviews that go behind the scenes of Golden Age science fiction, horror and fantasy filmmaking. Among the interviewed are Casey Adams, John Badham, Antony Carbone, Robert Clarke, Sidney Hayers, Lewis Allen, Gene Evans, Alex Gordon, Jackie Joseph, Ken Miller, John Moxey, Arthur Ross, Arianné Ulmer, Debra Paget and Edward Dmytryk.

About the Author
Writer Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines including Fangoria, Starlog, Cult Movies and Video Watchdog, and one of his recent articles was featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing 2001. He is also the author of It Came from Horrorwood (2004), Double Feature Creature Attack (2003), Eye on Science Fiction (2003), Science Fiction Confidential (2002), I Was a Monster Movie Maker (2001), Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes (2000), John Carradine (1999) and Poverty Row HORRORS! (1999).

 

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Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
valuable...recommend[ed]
Film Review
a must read...treasure trove of insider information...crammed with fascinating anecdotes.
Midnight Marquee
most impressive.... Colorful anecdotes are to be found on almost every page of this book, and it is always Weaver's sense of fun and love for his subject that make him the interview king...for a fun, entertaining read, any one of Weaver's interview books is worth the price of admission...a must-have book.
Samhain
another superlative collection...if you're new to Weaver you're in for a real treat.
Starlog
Tom Weaver is the king of film historians.
VideoScope
leading genre scholar, ace interviewer and frequent Scope scribe Tom Weaver strikes again with another collection of hypnotic interviews...a must.
Booknews
Collects 24 interviews with the personalities responsible for such fare as and . The interviews originally appeared in the last three years in magazines such as and . Interviewees include Debra Paget, Jackie Joseph, Alan Caillou, Alex Gordon, Paul Mantee, and Donna Martell. Most interviews include several b&w production stills and promotional photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420704
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/27/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 820,013
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him "the best interviewer we have today." He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines including Starlog, Fangoria, Monsters from the Vault and Video Watchdog, and he has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture, including Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Fims, 1931-1946.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Casey Adams 3
Lewis Allen 16
John Badham 26
Alan Caillou 41
Antony Carbone 64
Robert Clarke/Tom Boutross/Robin Kirkman 80
Edward Dmytryk 99
Gene Evans 119
Richard Eyer 139
John Fiedler 148
Alex Gordon 157
Sidney Hayers 172
Jackie Joseph 181
Paul Mantee 192
Donna Martell 211
Ken Miller 221
Jo Morrow 237
John Moxey 255
Debra Paget 269
Arthur Ross 288
Randy Stuart 304
Arianne Ulmer 314
Index 343
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