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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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476678283
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.82(d)
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.

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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