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One Million Years B.C.

Film (1966). Hammer/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Don Chaffey. Written by Michael Carreras, based on the screenplay of One Million B.C. (1940). Cast includes Martine Beswick, Robert Brown, John Richardson and Raquel Welch. 100 minutes. Colour. / The first of Hammer's several stone-age movies (see also When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth), this is a remake of the Prehistoric SF film One Million B.C.. Prehistoric lovers from different scantily clad tribes, the rock people and the shell people ...

World, the Flesh and the Devil, The

Film (1959). HarbelProductions/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Ranald MacDougall. Written by Ferdinand Reyher and MacDougall, nominally based on The Purple Cloud (1901) by M P Shiel. Cast includes Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer and Inger Stevens. 95 minutes. Black and white. / Ralph Burton (Belafonte), an African-American mine inspector, is trapped Underground by a cave-in. He can hear rescuers attempting to reach him, but apparently they give up. He digs himself out, to find a deserted ...

Dahl, Roald

(1916-1990) Welsh-born author of Norwegian parents who spent periods of his life in the USA, but lived in the UK in his later years; married to the actress Patricia Neal 1953-1983. Though his enormous success as an author of children's stories tended to dominate perceptions of his career, he was in fact long best known for his eerie, exquisitely crafted, somewhat poisonous adult tales, many of them fantasies, assembled in Someone Like You (coll 1953; cut 1954), Kiss Kiss (coll 1960), Switch ...

Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord

Australian tv series (1997). Film Australia, Shanghai Film Studios and Telewizja Polska. Created by Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson. Producers included Noel Price, Ron Saunders, Andrzej Stempowski and Charley Zhuo. Directed by Noel Price. Written by Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson. Actors included Leonard Fung, Lauren Hewett, Ryan Kwanten, Heather Mitchell, Peter O'Brien, Lenore Smith, Anthony Brandon Wong and Me Yang. 26 24-minute episodes. Colour. / This juvenile Television miniseries, a ...

Maniac Mansion [tv]

Canadian/US tv series (1990-1993). Atlantis Films for YTV (Canada), The Family Channel (US). Created by Paul Flaherty, John Hemphill, Eugene Levy and Martin Short. Based on the Videogame Maniac Mansion (1987). Produced by David Flaherty and Jamie Paul Rock. Directors included Paul Flaherty, Hemphill and Perry Rosemond. Writers included Bob Carrau, Paul Flaherty, Elena Lesser, Cliff Ruby and Alan Templeton. Cast includes George Buza, Joe Flaherty, John Hemphill, Avi Phillips, Kathleen Robertson, ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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