By Tom Weaver
During this jam-packed jamboree of conversations, greater than 60 motion picture veterans describe their stories at the units of a few of the world's so much cherished sci-fi and horror videos and tv sequence. together with groundbreaking oldies (Flash Gordon, a million B.C.); Fifties and Nineteen Sixties milestones (The battle of the Worlds, Psycho, residence 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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My big splash, they’re still talkin’ about it, was three or four years ago at the United Federation of Doll Clubs national convention. They never had talks on anything except dolls until I came along with my miniature program, and the men who were there just ﬂocked to it ’cause ﬁnally it was something that didn’t involve dolls [laughs]! That was a biggie—I had like 500 people at that one! In closing, I have to stress that, back in the days when I was a youth, being a dad was different than it is nowadays.
Before he learned how to play golf, he played tennis—killer tennis. And then he played killer golf. My dad never understood the concept that you can go out on a golf course and play for the sheer enjoyment of it, the fun of it, the comradeship of it. Noooo way. And he wasn’t out there to make a business deal, like many of the men. My dad went out there to challenge himself and to beat you [laughs]. Period! Flat out! That’s it! And he did! After a while it was hard for him to get up a game, because people knew his attitude and they knew what they were in for.
Made his screen debut a year earlier (1935) and went on to forge a long co-starring career in low-budget Westerns and serials (and small parts in A-pictures). Peters wrote of life with his famous father and his own movie and TV days in his 2000 autobiography Another Side of Hollywood. My ﬁrst serial was Universal’s The Adventures of Frank Merriwell , and here’s how I landed that job: One morning while looking over the trade papers, I came across an article mentioning that Universal was looking to cast the children of famous Hollywood personalities as featured players in an upcoming serial [Frank Merriwell].