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Earth vs. the sci-fi filmmakers : 20 interviews /
Tom Weaver.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005.
description
ix, 386 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
ISBN
0786422106 (illustrated case binding : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005.
isbn
0786422106 (illustrated case binding : alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
abstract
"Perhaps no film genres attracted more rabid fans and less critical acclaim than the horror and science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s. The men and women who made the characters come to life are interviewed here, talking about their work, the behind-the-scenes action, and the impact the movies had on their careers"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
6179324
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Main Description
Back in the era of black-and-white horror and sci-fi movies, "we didn't have special effects, or the money for 'em," says Peter Graves, one of the genre's most popular stars. "But in those days, an unlimited amount of money wouldn't have gotten us much better special effects, because they didn't exist. We had to go with the stories and try to make them as believable as possible, and flash the outlandish things by quickly, so the audience never got a good, in-focus look at them!"Perhaps no films attracted more rabid fans and less critical acclaim than the genre movies of that era. The men and women who made the characters come to life are interviewed here, talking about their work, the behind-the-scenes action, and the impact the movies had on their careers. The interviewees are Gene Barry, Gary Clarke, Gary Conway, Merian C. Cooper, Robert Dix, Donnie Dunagan, Alex Gordon, Peter Graves, Gary Gray, Arch Hall, Jr., Stephen Kandel, Carolyn Kearney, Ken Kolb, Robert L. Lippert, Jr., Jan Merlin, Mary Mitchel, Elliott Reid, Stanley Rubin, Frankie Thomas and Burt Topper. Extensively illustrated.
Main Description
Perhaps no film genres attracted less critical acclaim than the horror and science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s. The men and women who made the characters come to life are interviewed here, talking about their work, the behind-the-scenes action, and the impact the movies had on their careers.
Long Description
Back in the era of black-and-white horror and sci-fi movies, ?we didn't have special effects, or the money for ?em, ? says Peter Graves, one of the genre's most popular stars. ?But in those days, an unlimited amount of money wouldn't have gotten us much better special effects, because they didn't exist. We had to go with the stories and try to make them as believable as possible, and flash the outlandish things by quickly, so the audience never got a good, in-focus look at them!? Perhaps no films attracted more rabid fans and less critical acclaim than the genre movies of that era. The men and women who made the characters come to life are interviewed here, talking about their work, the behind-the-scenes action, and the impact the movies had on their careers. The interviewees are Gene Barry, Gary Clarke, Gary Conway, Merian C. Cooper, Robert Dix, Donnie Dunagan, Alex Gordon, Peter Graves, Gary Gray, Arch Hall, Jr., Stephen Kandel, Carolyn Kearney, Ken Kolb, Robert L. Lippert, Jr., Jan Merlin, Mary Mitchel, Elliott Reid, Stanley Rubin, Frankie Thomas and Burt Topper. Extensively illustrated.
Table of Contents
Gene Barryp. 3
Gary Clarkep. 13
Gary Conwayp. 31
Merian C. Cooperp. 45
Robert Dixp. 61
Donnie Dunaganp. 86
Alex Gordon on Day the world endedp. 114
Peter Gravesp. 133
Gary Gray on The next voice you hearp. 149
Arch Hall, Jr.p. 161
Stephen Kandel on Chamber of horrorsp. 212
Carolyn Kearneyp. 223
Ken Kolbp. 238
Robert L. Lippert, Jr., on Lon Chaney, Jr.p. 260
Jan Merlin on the list of Adrian Messengerp. 271
Mary Mitchelp. 292
Elliott Reidp. 313
Stanley Rubin on the whip handp. 335
Frankie Thomas on Tom Corbett, space cadetp. 344
Burr Topper on The stranglerp. 367
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