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By Tom Weaver

During this jam-packed jamboree of conversations, greater than 60 motion picture veterans describe their studies at the units of a few of the world's such a lot cherished sci-fi and horror videos and tv sequence. together with groundbreaking oldies (Flash Gordon, 1000000 B.C.); Nineteen Fifties and Sixties milestones (The struggle of the Worlds, Psycho, condominium of Usher); vintage schlock (Queen of Outer house, 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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I never would, in my wildest nightmare, like sit on his lap and hug him, because he wasn’t a warm’n’fuzzy person. I know he loved Johnny and me dearly, and he cared about us dearly, but he didn’t know how to show it. I don’t think Dad really understood children. It wasn’t that he didn’t like them, I don’t think he knew what to do with ’em [laughs]! Some people can really relate to little kids and get right down on their level, but Dad ... no way could he get on the level of a child. Something else that made things hard for me was the fact that Dad bragged about my accomplishments to anybody and everybody who would listen.

I don’t have a clue why, nobody was going to explain all this to some teenage kid, but I was told that Hollywood wanted to punish him and they did. But they did give Dad the Special Effects Academy Award; there was no competition [except MGM’s Forbidden Planet], so they had to do it. They really wanted to completely shut DeMille out Oscar-wise, and they did except for Dad’s. Hollywood can be very cruel when it wants to be. The Ten Commandments was the last movie he directed. It wasn’t very long after that DeMille had a massive heart attack and died.

He, in my mind and memory, was nowhere near as important as the heavies, Jack and Francie. We shot a great deal of Tim Tyler’s Luck at Vasquez Rocks, which as you know was almost a must in those days. But I don’t think we used any other locations other than Vasquez Rocks. At that time, Universal had an amazing “cliff and jungle” area on their back lot. It went as high as four stories. It was really very impressive!

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