Village of the Giants (1965)

80 mins | Science fiction | 20 October 1965

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HISTORY

The 12 Mar 1965 DV announced the project as the first of thirteen to be completed over the next three years by filmmaker Bert I. Gordon for Joseph E. Levine’s Embassy Pictures Corporation. A news item in the 19 May 1965 Var reported that actor Tommy Kirk joined the cast six months after an arrest in Cleveland, OH, which led to the cancellation of his contracts with the Walt Disney Company and American International Pictures. Various sources stated that Kirk was charged with possession of marijuana.
       Principal photography began 30 Apr 1965, according to a 7 May 1965 DV production chart. Location shooting at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA, was scheduled for 3 May 1965, as stated in that day’s DV. On 23 Jun 1965, DV reported that filming had recently been completed. That same day, Var noted that the screenplay was inspired by an excerpt from the 1904 H. G. Wells novel, The Food of the Gods. Gordon was also planning a film based on the entire book; it was released in 1976 (see entry).
       An article in the 28 Jun 1965 DV stated that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration ordered the editing of dance sequences featuring scantily-clad actresses Joy Harman and Tisha Sterling, and another in which actor Johnny Crawford removes a piece of Harman’s clothing. Nearly two months later, the 20 Aug 1965 DV reported that the excised footage had been stolen from an editing room at Paramount ... More Less

The 12 Mar 1965 DV announced the project as the first of thirteen to be completed over the next three years by filmmaker Bert I. Gordon for Joseph E. Levine’s Embassy Pictures Corporation. A news item in the 19 May 1965 Var reported that actor Tommy Kirk joined the cast six months after an arrest in Cleveland, OH, which led to the cancellation of his contracts with the Walt Disney Company and American International Pictures. Various sources stated that Kirk was charged with possession of marijuana.
       Principal photography began 30 Apr 1965, according to a 7 May 1965 DV production chart. Location shooting at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA, was scheduled for 3 May 1965, as stated in that day’s DV. On 23 Jun 1965, DV reported that filming had recently been completed. That same day, Var noted that the screenplay was inspired by an excerpt from the 1904 H. G. Wells novel, The Food of the Gods. Gordon was also planning a film based on the entire book; it was released in 1976 (see entry).
       An article in the 28 Jun 1965 DV stated that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration ordered the editing of dance sequences featuring scantily-clad actresses Joy Harman and Tisha Sterling, and another in which actor Johnny Crawford removes a piece of Harman’s clothing. Nearly two months later, the 20 Aug 1965 DV reported that the excised footage had been stolen from an editing room at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The sequences were stored in a box labeled “censored cuts.”
       Village of the Giants opened 20 Oct 1965 in Chicago, IL. The Los Angeles opening followed on 16 Dec 1965. Critics expected the science-fiction musical to attract a large teenaged audience.
       Filmed in "Perceptovision." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Mar 1965
p. 1.
Daily Variety
7 May 1965
p. 14.
Daily Variety
3 May 1965
p. 4.
Daily Variety
23 Jun 1965
p. 1.
Daily Variety
28 Jun 1965
p. 1.
Daily Variety
20 Aug 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
27 Oct 1965
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
16 Dec 1965
Section D, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 1965
Section E, p. 23.
New York Times
27 Apr 1966
p. 37.
Variety
19 May 1965
p. 8.
Variety
23 Jun 1965
p. 23.
Variety
6 Oct 1965
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Bert I. Gordon Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff
Visual eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyle supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Food of the Gods by H. G. Wells (London, 1904).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Woman" and "When It Comes to Your Love," words and music by Ron Elliott, sung by The Beau Brummels
"Little Bitty Corrine," words and music by Frank C. Slay and Frederick A. Picariello
sung by Freddy Cannon
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SONGS
"Woman" and "When It Comes to Your Love," words and music by Ron Elliott, sung by The Beau Brummels
"Little Bitty Corrine," words and music by Frank C. Slay and Frederick A. Picariello
sung by Freddy Cannon
"Marianne" and "Nothing Can Stand in My Way," words and music by Jack Nitzsche and Russ Titelman, sung by Mike Clifford.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 October 1965
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 20 October 1965
Los Angeles opening: 16 December 1965
Production Date:
30 April--late June 1965
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
PathéColor
Duration(in mins):
80
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Four teenaged couples arrive in a town after their car is wrecked in an avalanche. Young lovers Mike and Nancy are interrupted by Nancy's younger brother, Genius, an amateur scientist who announces he has discovered a food-like substance which causes those who eat it to grow to enormous size. Hearing about the substance, the eight teenagers steal some, try it out, and grow into giants. They take over the town, holding the sheriff's daughter hostage; but Genius discovers a vapor which acts as an antidote, and the invaders are chased from town after they return to normal ... +


Four teenaged couples arrive in a town after their car is wrecked in an avalanche. Young lovers Mike and Nancy are interrupted by Nancy's younger brother, Genius, an amateur scientist who announces he has discovered a food-like substance which causes those who eat it to grow to enormous size. Hearing about the substance, the eight teenagers steal some, try it out, and grow into giants. They take over the town, holding the sheriff's daughter hostage; but Genius discovers a vapor which acts as an antidote, and the invaders are chased from town after they return to normal size. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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