We just came across this new interview with James Darren from Los Angeles Magazine http://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/time-tunneling-with-james-darren/
We had the pleasure of meeting James at a Time Tunnel convention a couple of years ago, and found him to be quite personable and willing to talk about his past work on the Irwin Allen shows, and other projects.
It’s good to see him in such great shape! he’s a true “Philly-boy”, that doesn’t seem to age!
At The Time Tunnel convention, hosted by the “Hollywood Show” 2012
Let’s hope that next year we’ll see a 50th anniversary convention for The Time Tunnel, if so, we’ll definitely be covering it! stay tuned…
Time Travelers fans, this one is for you. We got our hands on a file of casting notes from the film. Not only does it include an amazing array of actors who were being considered for the movie. It also includes notes about turning the movie of the week into a series. I wish!
From the casting notes, we see that Jane’s boyfriend was a bigger part of the story than he turned out to be. In the original version, he is the one who discovers that the heroes aren’t who they pretend to be and he makes sure that Jeff stays in jail after he’s arrested for the murder of the drunk (he doesn’t get arrested in the final film, thus eliminating that entire scene with the boyfriend.)
The notes also say that Clint refuses to leave because he’s fallen in love with Jane. Jeff has to knock him out and carry him back to the rendezvous point. In the filmed version, Clint talks about staying behind but realizes it’s a pipe dream and leaves as instructed.
Now here’s a closer look at casting notes from Irwin Allen’s Time Travelers.
You read Lars’ write-up, now here’s the video I took. Warning! Warning! This video might cause you to get dizzy!
It’s very shaky, but I wanted to capture what I could. So you won’t see a lot but you’ll get at least a glimpse of June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angel Cartwright, Bill Mumy and daughter, the Robot, Lou Wagner, Francine York and more!
We just returned from a wonderful day at the LIS 50th anniversary reunion at the Hollywood Show. The event was held on Jan. 23-25 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, we attended the Saturday installment. June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy & Mark Goddard were all present, Bill’s daughter Lilian was also their. Amongst other IA related guests were Francine York and Lou Wagner.
Also present was the original Gemini 12 filming miniature! — recently restored to it’s original form by Paul Lubiner. It was on display between June & Mark, There was also a nice B-9 standing next to the Gemini 12, as well as a smaller Moebius Jupiter 2. There were at least 3 B-9’s at the show, really setting the atmosphere! In line we spotted a Saticon and “flexible” B-9 costume.
Our good friend, and long time IA fan Kirk Kirkland was of course at this event, and came wearing a recently acquired, original, “Anti-Matter Man” costume he won at auction, the costume fit Kirk nearly perfect! (the costume was the Guy Williams version) very cool, to say the least!
We also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Francine York (an IA regular) she’s a lovely women, very nice, and fun to talk with.
We also spent some time chatting a bit with Mark Goddard, he mentioned that this was most likely the last time he’ll appear at a west coast LIS Reunion, however he did say he’d continue doing east coast shows.
Please check their website for time/day of Gary’s appearance: http://www.monsterpalooza.com/spring/
We plan to attend and will take lots of photo’s and have a full report.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been getting more involved with restoring/bringing back to life T.V. & movie miniatures/props. This one is from the 1961 Irwin Allen production Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. In the film the mighty Seaview is being pursued by an attack sub called the “Polidor” in the scene, which is set in the Marianas trenches, the Seaview is diving deeper and deeper until the Polidor reaches crush depth and blows up!– the Seaview of course is able to withstand such depths because of it’s futuristic design.
This miniature is one of the actual screen used models from the film. My good friend Kirk acquired this recently in an auction and wanted it put in a diorama setting depicting the above mentioned scene from the film. Some restoration was needed to bring it back to it’s original form. For instance the brass prop blade had vanished, this was replaced by a similar after marked item, some areas on the hull needed repair and a bit of airbrush touch-up. The masts on the conning tower were also missing and needed to be replaced with new scratch made items.
The scene started life by fixing the miniature to a wooden brace utilizing the original holes that the special effects guys used in the film to move the model in the water. After positioning the prop I started to create and lay-out the giant rocks and boulders made out of floral foam, to be covered later with Sculptamold. Once everything was set, I made a couple of missiles firing at the Seaview – the bubbles coming out the back were created using glass beads glued together, and then dusted white with an airbrush. Vegetation was also added to the scene using planters moss and various dried plants.
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I’ve recently been getting more involved with restoring original filming miniatures, and props. The above photo’s show an original screen used submarine prop originally called the “Vulcan” from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. A few years later it was converted for another Irwin Allen production called “City Beneath the Sea“, in this telefilm it became the “Cargo Sub”. The main difference is that it was shortened, and some lighting added.
A good friend of mine (Kirk) who collects all sorts of original props, many of which are from Irwin Allen productions commissioned me to bring this one back to life. He wanted it put in a diorama setting and give it some visual interest. To start with, I got all lights working again, fixed a bunch of cracks / damage in various places, did some airbrush touch-up on scratched and damaged areas and then created a base depicting it in a scene from City Beneath the Sea. The tiny Pacifica buildings are all scratch built. The little Flying Sub, or I should say “Aqua Foil” which it was renamed for the film, is a Paragrafix item in 1/350th. The vegetation is various dried plants from the craft store, and the ocean floor material is Sculptamold, commonly used in model railroading
Formally the Vulcan) from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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I have several family photos from the 70’s of the Land of the Giants telephone and other props at the old Universal Studios prop plaza. What I didn’t know was that we also have home movies of those same props in a very unusual place at Universal.
This is a screengrab off the TV – working on ripping the actual clip.
This is on the left side as you come out of the Parting of the Red Sea. What’s so funny is that they actually put the telephone handset into the palm of the hand! Wish we had a clearer photo but it’s better than nothing and we nearly fell out of our seats when we stumbled upon it while watching our home movies.
June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright & Bill Mumy will be attending. There will also be a Q&A panel on the 25th.
The show will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel 5400 West Century Blvd.,Los Angeles CA>
For more info; http://hollywoodshow.com/main.php
This is sure to be a great event with 5 of the original cast members present.
Joining us were our good friends Kirk and Laura, who made the trek up their with us. The event was held at the Hollywood Show located at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel on October 17-19 2014. Terry Becker (and his lovely wife) pictured at left, David Hedison, Allan Hunt & Derrik Lewis were all present. The cast was at a long table with a 50th tribute banner above them on the wall. Everyone was in good spirits, especially Allen Hunt, who is the youngest of the bunch. We also spent some time with Terry Becker and his striking wife.