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Land of the Giants

Entry updated 10 November 2023. Tagged: TV.

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US tv series (1968-1970). An Irwin Allen Production for Twentieth Century Fox TV/ABC. Created by Irwin Allen, also executive producer. Writers included Bob and Esther Mitchell, Bob and Wanda Duncan, Richard Shapiro, Dan Ullman, William Welch. Directors included Harry Harris, Nathan Juran, Sobey Martin, Irwin Allen (1st episode only). Regular cast Gary Conway, Kurt Kasznar, Don Marshall, Heather Young, Don Matheson, Deanna Lund, Stefan Arngrim. Special effects L B Abbott, Art Cruickshank, Emil Kosa Jr. Two seasons, 51 50-minute episodes. Colour.

Carrying on in the tradition of such films as Dr Cyclops and The Incredible Shrinking Man (see Great and Small) as well as an earlier television series, World of Giants, the first episode showed seven people aboard a future "stratocruiser" passing through a space/time-warp into a world similar to twentieth-century Earth, but where all things, including people, are twelve times larger. The series concerned their predictable encounters with giant people and giant props. Three novelizations by Murray Leinster are Land of the Giants (1968), Land of the Giants #2: The Hot Spot (1969) and Land of the Giants #3: Unknown Danger (1969). Others were Land of the Giants: Flight of Fear (1969) by Carl Henry Rathjen and Land of the Giants: The Mean City (1969) by James Bradwell. [JB/PN]


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