A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers

A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers

by Tom Weaver

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In this jam-packed jamboree of conversations, more than 60 movie veterans describe their experiences on the sets of some of the world's most beloved sci-fi and horror movies and television series. Including groundbreaking oldies (Flash Gordon, One Million B.C.); 1950s and 1960s milestones (The War of the Worlds, Psycho, House of Usher); classic schlock (Queen of Outer Space, Attack of the Crab Monsters); and cult TV favorites (Lost in Space, Land of the Giants), the discussions offer a frank and fascinating behind-the-scenes look. Among the interviewees: Roger Corman, Pamela Duncan, Richard and Alex Gordon, Tony "Dr. Lao" Randall, Troy Donahue, Sid Melton, Fess Parker, Nan Peterson, Alan Young, John "Bud" Cardos, and dozens more.


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ISBN-13: 9780786458318
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 870,429
File size: 31 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Weaver of Sleepy Hollow, New York, has been interviewing moviemakers for 35 years. The New York Times called him a leading scholar in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images said he was “the best interviewer we have today.” A frequent contributor to film magazines, he has written many books about American popular culture and is also a Blu-ray audio commentator.
Tom Weaver of Sleepy Hollow, New York, has been interviewing moviemakers for 35 years. The New York Times called him a leading scholar in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images said he was "the best interviewer we have today." A frequent contributor to film magazines, he has written many books about American popular culture and is also a Blu-ray audio commentator.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Preface 1

1. Jimmy Lydon on Robert Armstrong 5
2. Joanne Fulton on John P. Fulton 15
3. Memories of Serials House Peters, Jr., on Flash Gordon (1936) 33
Frankie Thomas on Tim Tyler’s Luck (1937) 38
4. Jean Porter on One Million B.C. (1940) 44
5. Memories of Boris Karloff Jo Ann Sayers on The Man with Nine Lives (1940) 50
Herbert Rudley on On Borrowed Time (1946) 54
Tommy Ivo on On Borrowed Time (1946) 58
Henry Corden on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and The Black Castle (1952) 63
Fintan Meyler on Thriller’s “Well of Doom” (1961) 66
6. Michael A. Hoey on Dennis Hoey 70
7. Memories of Bela Lugosi Earl Bellamy on The Return of the Vampire (1943) 86
Alex Gordon on Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) 88
Herman Cohen on Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) 92
8. Memories of Lon Chaney, Jr. Karolyn Grimes on Albuquerque (1948) 98
Mickey Knox on Of Mice and Men (1948) 100
Irving Brecher on The Life of Riley (1949) 102
Barbara Knudson on Born Yesterday (1950) 103
9. Richard Kline on Sam Katzman 108
10. Sid Melton on Lost Continent (1951) 118
11. Memories of Five (1951) William Phipps 123
Arthur L. Swerdloff 131
12. Marilyn Nash on Unknown World (1951) 136
13. Diana Gemora on The War of the Worlds (1953) 140
14. Fess Parker on Them! (1954) 148
15. Rosemarie Bowe on The Golden Mistress (1954) 152
16. Memories of Bel-Air Productions Paul Wurtzel 159
John G. Stephens 172
17. Pamela Duncan on The Undead (1957) and Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) 178
18. Marsha Hunt on Back from the Dead (1957) 184
19. Herbert L. Strock on Blood of Dracula (1957) 189
20. Peggy Webber on The Screaming Skull (1958) 191
21. Lisa Davis on Queen of Outer Space (1958) 196
22. Troy Donahue on Monster on the Campus (1958) 209
23. Nan Peterson on The Hideous Sun Demon (1959) 212
24. Richard Erdman on Face of Fire (1959) 222
25. The Calvin Beck–“Norman Bates” Connection 226
26. Roger Corman on House of Usher (1960) 235
27. Alan Young on Jack P. Pierce 240
28. David Whorf on Thriller’s “Pigeons from Hell” (1961) 243
29. Alex Gordon on The Underwater City (1962) 248
30. Arch Hall, Jr., on Ray Dennis Steckler 259
31. Arnold Drake on 50,000 B.C. (Before Clothing) (1963) 264
32. Tony Randall on 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) 268
33. Frederick E. Smith on Devil Doll (1964) 272
34. Memories of Tickle Me (1965) Edward Bernds 276
Merry Anders 278
35. Ib Melchior on Lost in Space (1965–1968) and Lost in Space (1998) 282
36. Memories of The Wild Wild West (1965–1969) Whitey Hughes 290
Richard Kiel 307
Kenneth Chase 314
37. Burt Topper on Space Monster (1965) 318
38. Peter Marshall on Edgar G. Ulmer 325
39. Tom Reese on Murderers’ Row (1966) 331
40. Richard Gordon on Protelco Productions 335
41. Nick Webster on Mission Mars (1968) 347
42. Gary Conway on Land of the Giants (1968–1970) 350
43. Memories of Nightmare in Wax (1969) John “Bud” Cardos 366
Martin Varno 369
44. Jan Merlin on The Twilight People (1973) 373
45. Robert Pine on Empire of the Ants (1977) 382
46. Ken Kolb on Sinbad Goes to Mars 386

Index 395

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