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ChristineBCW

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2017, 08:54:24 AM »
I always enjoyed detecting the Same Sets or Same Costumes, Same Supporting Actors, etc, and was always a bit angered if not depressed to hear documentaries and silly movie-within-movie films that claimed "the audience isn't smart enough to recognize those." 

Which seems ludicrous.

These films were (are) targeting a very specific fan-base, and the filmmakers had to realize exploiting a focused group had to create FANATICS among some, then more, then most of those who would stand around lobbies, candy-stands and malt-shops, bringing up these similarities.  I mean, what else do you do while waiting in line for more popcorn?  We can't ALL talk about Marshall McLuhan! 

The whole premise of "Let's make another monster movie like ____" is solely justified by having The Same Fanbase keep buying tickets.  But I wonder if any filmmaker (outside of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder) intentionally used at-least identifiable sets (or costumes) as an appeal to film fans beyond the 'sequel/prequel' concept?  "Let's mix and match heads and bodies and see if film-fans giggle?" 

Of course, most of these appealing films were done in a era when fan-communications would have been restricted to lobbies, candy-stands and malt-shops.  Or FAMOUS MONSTERS letters to the editor... The next day's classrooms...

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2017, 04:14:10 PM »
Jonathan Harris guest-starring as the Piper in the LAND OF THE GIANTS episode, "Pay the Piper"



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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2017, 05:44:05 PM »
How many actors have played the roll of Jerk?  (Jackass, A**hole, etc)...

Jonathan Smith did a dandy job on LOST IN SPACE.

Captain Binghamton (Joe Flynn) in McHALE'S NAVY.  (He had movie roles that used Joe as a milquetoast, though.  But then consider the Kurt Russell Disney films, where Flynn was a befuddled or semi-jerk college dean or president.  He could easily rotate several personas.)

Paul Gleason in THE BREAKFAST CLUB and in the first DIE HARD... probably others, too.

Jeffrey Jones in FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (of course, apparently his real-life jerkness was more keen).

Few actors can approach match Charles Lane, however, who have the largest numbers of film and TV credits while being cast as the jerk - I doubt that all 365 of those from 1930 to 1995 qualify as "jerk" characters but I know a good many do.
 
Jonathan Harris was able to deliver an absolute cowardice quality, however, and then used it or reveled in it later in the tale, or next episode.  He seemed to have such fun in the few on-camera reminisces I've seen. 

I will cast an au chapeau towards Irwin Allen for using actors as well as film techs in his production company.


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« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2017, 08:55:40 PM »
And to further my enlightenment towards irwin Allen, I found SCTV's not-quite-documentary about his apparently short-lived talk show:


featuring guests Shelley Winters, Robert Wagner, Red Buttons and Charlton Heston.  "Guests stayed at the luxurious Ann Sheraton Hotel."

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2017, 08:58:56 PM »
And to further my enlightenment towards irwin Allen, I found SCTV's not-quite-documentary about his apparently short-lived talk show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFcxnyg7XkA

featuring guests Shelley Winters, Robert Wagner, Red Buttons and Charlton Heston.  "Guests stayed at the luxurious Ann Sheraton Hotel."


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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2017, 09:42:45 PM »
I found SCTV's not-quite-documentary about his apparently short-lived talk show:

Hilarious! Allen's 2nd career, as the "Master of Disaster". Seems like SCTV even thought "Earthquake" was an Irwin Allen movie. 
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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2017, 12:36:53 PM »
Bob Dowdell of VOYAGE fame, guest-starring as a cop in the LAND OF THE GIANTS episode, "Brainwash" from 1969.

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« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2017, 12:52:44 PM »
James Darren of THE TIME TUNNEL as the android, Omir, in "The Mechanical Man" episode of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA(1966)

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Re: The Sci-Fi Shows Of Irwin Allen
« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2017, 07:59:05 PM »
I rather like the '60s and some '70s TV shows because they were "littered" with so many of the same faces, and usually those faces were always the same character.