By Tom Weaver
During this jam-packed jamboree of conversations, greater than 60 motion picture veterans describe their reviews at the units of a few of the world's so much liked sci-fi and horror videos and tv sequence. together with groundbreaking oldies (Flash Gordon, a million B.C.); Nineteen Fifties and Sixties milestones (The struggle of the Worlds, Psycho, condo of Usher); vintage schlock (Queen of Outer area, assault of the Crab Monsters); and cult television favorites (Lost in area, Land of the Giants), the discussions provide a frank and engaging behind-the-scenes glance. one of the interviewees: Roger Corman, Pamela Duncan, Richard and Alex Gordon, Tony "Dr. Lao" Randall, Troy Donahue, Sid Melton, Fess Parker, Nan Peterson, Alan younger, John "Bud" Cardos, and dozens extra.
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Let’s see ... oh, yeah ... hmmm ... ” [Laughs] Then he’d do the scene—but he’d never give you the right cue! You were always on edge, ’cause he never gave you the right cue! Buster Crabbe and I, and several stuntmen, have an underwater ﬁght scene in Flash Gordon. We shot that in a big old steel tank that had been constructed years earlier on the Universal back lot. It was probably 11 or 12 feet deep and it held thousands of gallons of water. Up on the top was a platform for the big ﬂoodlights that they aimed down at the water.
He’d died right out in our backyard, practically, and I saw it happen. So here was Paramount with no Gordon Jennings, and pretty soon Dad, who was still out of work, got a call from them. They were up a creek because they had movies to ﬁnish effects-wise, and The Ten Commandments was looming on the horizon. Dad went to work there, and one of his ﬁrst big jobs was the World War II movie The Bridges at Toko-Ri. Jennings had started it but I don’t think that he had gotten very far. So now Dad was trying to do work for both movies, Toko-Ri and The Ten Commandments.
Not for my mom, not for Johnny, not for me, not for anybody. He just didn’t have that particular aspect of the personality. And I think that people in the movie business knew that. You only had to work with the man once to realize that he did not have a lot of empathy for people! Although my brother Johnny had the same problems that I did with Dad (the unapproachability), I have to say this: When Johnny was grown and married and had a couple little kids, Dad did spend quite a bit of time with him at his home.
A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers by Tom Weaver