Shazam!, Man from Atlantis, Tarzan and more to be featured at Retro TV festival
A festival featuring a huge selection of screenings and special events tied to retro TV is going on this weekend at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The Paley Center for Media and The Warner Archive Collection will present The Retro TV Action-Adventure-Thon, September 21-22 with screenings, exhibits, and on-stage conversations featuring TV action heroes.
For tickets and additional information please visit www.paleycenter.org.
Click past the cut for the schedule of events.
- Matt Price
Friday, September 21, 2012
7:00 PM: The Man from Atlantis: Screening & Conversation with Patrick Duffy
Location: The John H. Mitchell Theatre
Patrick Duffy: “Mark Harris”
Moderated by: William Keck, Senior Editor & Columnist, TV Guide Magazine
Join the star of the iconic series for a special screening and on stage conversation celebrating this sci-fi cult classic. Four ‘Man From Atlantis’ made for television movies aired during the 1976-1977 television season garnering blockbuster ratings and launching the career of a new star, Patrick Duffy, whose iconic performance garnered a legion of fans who later in the decade would follow him to another blockbuster, Dallas. Following the ratings success of the initial telefilms, NBC commissioned a ‘Man From Atlantis’ series for the 1977-78 season, and a cult legend was born. Over the course of its 13 episodes, the series followed the adventures of Mark Harris (Duffy), a victim of amnesia whose exceptional physical characteristics and abilities, including the ability to breathe underwater and withstand extreme depth pressures, superhuman strength, and especially his webbed hands and feet (!), lead doctors to believe he is the only surviving citizen of the lost civilization of Atlantis. Following his discovery, he is recruited by the Foundation for Oceanic Research, a government agency that conducts top secret research and explores the depths of the ocean in a sophisticated submarine called the Cetacean.
With a supporting cast that included Belinda Montgomery as “Dr. Elizabeth Merrill” (who had nursed Mark Harris back to health) and Alan Fudge as “C. W. Crawford, Jr.,” and featuring the great Victor Buono as the villainous “Mr. Schubert” –The Man from Atlantis endures as a true pop culture classic.
Season 1 and all four TV movies of “The Man from Atlantis are currently available through The Warner Archive Collection (www.warnerarchive.com) and through major online retail partners.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00 AM: Animation Showcase Screening: Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree
Location: The John H. Mitchell Theatre
Sit on the edge of your seat and enjoy master storyteller Ray Bradbury’s classic adventure of four youths who try to save the spirit of their friend Kip from the ghosts of Halloween past. The four encounter a mysterious character, Moundshroud who takes them on a magical journey that sweeps them back as far as 4,000 years and touches down in exotic places all over the world like Egypt, England, France and Mexico. Along the way they discover the magic and meaning of Halloween – and friendship. This enchanting adventure features the vocal talents of Leonard Nimoy as Moundshroud, the animation wizardry of Hanna-Barbera, and is narrated by Ray Bradbury himself! It’s a story as timeless as Halloween itself – a bubbling cauldron of thrills and suspense that will stir the imagination of the entire family. Bradbury’s popular story is destined to become a perennial Halloween favorite.
11:00 AM: Screening: The Herculoids
Location: The Sheinberg Viewing Room
Somewhere out in deep space – and out of the creative imagination of the animation aces of Hanna-Barbera Studios – live the Herculoids. The animation favorite first premiered as part of the CBS Saturday morning cartoon lineup. Humanoid Zandor, along with his wife Tara and son Dorno, lead a group of unique creatures: Zok the flying dragon, powerful simian Igoo (who possesses rock-like skin), rhinoceros hybrid Tundro and two protoplasmic wonders appropriately named Gloop and Gleep. Together, they use their diverse super strengths to defend their utopian planet against attack from such sinister invaders as the Pod Creatures, the Reptons and the Mutoids. Forty-five years since its premiere, the series remains “out of this world,” literally.
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