“Forgotten Hollywood”- Master of Disaster…

Posted on October 1, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`No producer / director has had less concern for major stars than Irwin Allen. I am actually kidding, of course; but this filmmaker had a way of enticing great actors to his projects, and then, he would summarily kill them off during each production.

“`Allen had a successful career in television with such science fiction fare as Lost in SpaceVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants, and The Time Tunnel. When he turned to the silver screen, Irwin became known as the master of disaster. His filmography:  Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaFive Weeks in a Balloon, The Poseidon Adventure  (plus a sequel to the flick), The Towering Inferno, and The Swarm.

      

“`Allen was particularly cruel to Oscar-winners. Among those who are summarily dispatched:  Joan Fontaine, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Jones, Jose Ferrer, Henry Fonda, Ben Johnson, Olivia de Havilland, and Karl Malden. Other casualties include Roddy McDowall, Fred MacMurray, Stella Stevens, Richard Widmark, Arthur O’Connell, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Wagner, Robert Vaughn, Bradford Dillman, Slim Pickens and Telly Savalas. In fact, Richard Chamberlain suffered a tragic fate, twice!

“`For a time, it was thought to be a badge of honor to succumb under the able direction of the deadly Irwin Allen.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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