(Mike) Tommy Kirk- Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Tommy Kirk eventually moved to CAlifornia. After being discovered at a small playhouse in Pasadena, Kirk came to the forefront of television with his role as a Mousketerr on Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. For the better part of the late 50's/early 60's, Kirk was a mainstay in a number of Disney pictures, and would go on to star with Mousketeer Annette Funicello in Pajama Party (1964). Village of the Giants marked part of Kirk's breaking away from the Disney Studio pictures. In the next few years, he would try more beach movies (Catalina Caper (1967)), and even move into horror (Blood of Ghastly Horror). 30 years after Village of the Giants, Tommy Kirk had another encounter with a giant blonde in the Fred Olen Ray-directed Attack of the 60-foot Centerfold (1995). To this day, Tommy Kirk is still acting, though mainly in small productions.
(Horsey) Johnny Crawford- Born in Los Angeles, California, Crawford got into showbusiness on The Roy Rogers Show and Hopalong Cassidy. A few years later, Crawford would join Tommy Kirk onstage as part of the Mickey Mouse Club. In 1958, he joined the cast of the TV series The Rifleman. Crawford would appear on a few Tv appearances, until he appeared in Village of the Giants. Though he did a few teen films, Crawford largely stuck to western pictures like El Dorado (1966). His last known film work was as a singer in the film The Thirteenth Floor (1999), for which he served as the music director. In recent years, Mr Crawford has become 'instrumental' in performing with his own orchestra throughout California.
(Fred) Beau Bridges- Born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, the son of actor Lloyd Bridges Beau was a nickname bestowed upon him by his parents, from a character in the book Gone With The Wind. Beau attended college at UCLA & the University of Hawaii, before dropping out to pursue acting. Even so, Beau got his acting start in 1948's No Minor Vices. He would later do films that dealt with war (A Pair of Boots, where he starred alongside his Dad Lloyd), and was already a delinquent teenager 4 years before Village of the Giants, with the 1961 film The Explosive Generation. While he still does filmwork to this day, Beau is also widely known across the television field, having acted on My Three Sons, The Fugitive, and currently on Stargate SG-1, he also has done television films. Beau is currently married to Wendy Treece Bridges, and is the father of 5 children (2 from his former marriage to Julie Landfield).
(Genius) Ron Howard- Born into an acting family like Beau Bridges, Ron Howard was in films before he was even 2 years old. By 1960, he garnered his most recognizable role as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show. Along with his work on Village, Ron would hit it big as teen Steve Bolander in George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973), and then as Richie Cunningham on TV's Happy Days. Shortly thereafter, Ron decided to take on the role of director. By this time, he had made several small shorts, but he broke out with the Roger Corman-financed Grand Theft Auto (1977). While he would do some small TV roles into the 80's, Howard was now fully taken with the role of Director, hitting box-office gold with 1984's Splash, and then winning two Academy Awards for his work on 2001's A Beautiful Mind. Currently married to Cheryl Howard, Ron and his wife have 4 children, several of who are joining the family tradition of acting (Ron's daughter Bryce Dallas was in M Night Shyamalan's 2004 film The Village).
(Merrie) Joy Harmon-Born in Flushing, New York, Joy Harmon eventually went on to act on Broadway, and even became a runner-up for Miss Connecticut. Her measurements (41 1/2-22-36) soon landed her in a number of pin-up gigs, the early predecessors before Playboy would rule the market. though it was her 'attributes' that soon led her to doing several magazines. Small roles got her noticed, but appearing on The Groucho Marx Show, where Ms Harmon (now under the first name of Patty) became one of his assistants. Her Television career would go on to expand into such shows as My Three Sons, Bewitched, and even Batman to name a few. Her film career began at 13, as an extra in The Man with the Grey Flannel Suit, and 8 years later, she was seen in the crime thriller Mad Dog Coll (1961). Two years later,she appeared in Under the Yum-Yum Tree (1963), and then had an uncredited role in the Elvis Prelsey film Roustabout(1964). But 1965 (much like her Village of the Giants co-star Gail Gilmore) was the year that Harmon appeared all over the screen, featuring in the crime drama Young Dillinger, One-Way Wahini(the only film where Joy was the lead), and Village of the Giants(which is probably why you're here). A couple years later, she'd appear uncredited in A Guide to the Married Man (1967), and then in a brieft role that would ingrain her into the psyches of many young men: as The Girl in Cool Hand Luke (1967), seductively washing her car, teasing the nearby working convicts (including Paul Newman). I 1968, she married producer Jeff Gourson, who is still producing and editing films to this day. In 1969, Joy made her last film, starring with Andy Griffith in Angel in my Pocket (1969). As part of a segment titled 'girls of all nations, Joy had the distinction of being Miss Holland, with miniature windmills turning on the tips of her breasts. Her television career ended in 1973, after a few small television roles. Since then, Joy settled down with her husband and had three children, including Jason Gourson (who is in the film business, and assisted his Dad Jeff in editing the 1999 Adam Sandler film Big Daddy (1999)), and daughter Jamie, who is also an actress. Joy eventually founded the company Aunt Joy's Cakes, which began when she would help supply food for a niece's coffee shop. Soon, she was supplying foods for her son who worked at the Disney Studios. The confections soon spread to other L.A. studios, and soon, Joy was in business. Not bad for a girl from Flushing, New York.
(Rick) Robert Random- Born in British COlumbia, Robert Random's film career began in the mid-60's. A regular on the TV series Gunsmoke,, Robert's talents went from westerns to dramas. He also acted in the Orson Welles written/directed film The Other Side of the Wind(1972). His final acting role was as a deadly biker named 'Reaper' in a 1990 action sequel called Danger Zone III: Steel Horse War. Random had played the Reaper in the former sequel as well.
(Elsa) Gail Gilmore- Born and rasied in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Gail Gilmore (born Gail Gerber), started out her early years in ballet. Her dancing led her to Toronto, where she performed on the series Music '60 Presents the Hit Parade, from the CBC. a few years later, Gail moved to Hollywood, where she first gained a role in the stage version of Under the Yum-Yum Tree(amazingly, her Village of the Giants co-star Joy Harmon would appear in the film version of the production). In 1964, Gail appeared on TV shows such as Perry Mason and My Three Sons. And the in 1965, she hit it big, starring in 6 movies that came out that year. She first appeared in Girls on the Beach, about a group of sorority sisters. After Girls, Gail's agent suggested that she change her last name. Gail changed it to Gilmore (the name Gail Gilmore just happens to be the name of a dancer's sister she knew back in Canada). Soon after, she was cast in the first of her picture work with Elvis Presley, Girl Happy. Then there was her uncredited appearance in The Loved One, where she met Terry Southern, an author of strange, satirical fiction (he would even go on to help with writing Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove (1964), and co-author Easy Rider (1969)). Soon afterwards, Gail was called on to work on Presley's Harum Scarum, where she doffed a dark wig and performed an exotic dance for 'The King.' Beach Ball was her next 'beach-themed' movie, and then was her work on Bert I. Gordon's Village of the Giants. Gail didn't work in film again until 1970, when she worked in End of the Road, which had a screenplay by Terry Southern. Gail was recruited because the local school where it was filmed didn't approve of the subject matter, so any young-looking girl on the crew was utilized (The film was originally Rated X). The film also caused another name change for Gail, since the film's French director Roger Vadim had a hard time pronouncing Gilmore, and soon Gail was called Gail Gibson. Soon after, Gail left the film business behind, and moved with Terry Southern to the East Coast, where she changed her name back to the orignal 'Gerber' title, and taught ballet for 25 years. Terry Southern died in 1995 due to respiratory failure, and Gail left New York soon afterwards. After some time, she worked together with author Tom Lisanti to produce the book Trippin' With Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember, which chronicles the time she spent with Terry Southern. She passed away in March of 2014, due to complications from lung cancer.
(Jean) Tisha Sterling- Daughter of famed parents Ann Southern and Robert Sterling,Tisha was born in Los Angeles, and didn't appear onscreen until her early twenties. One big point in her career was in the film Coogan's Bluff starring Clint Eastwood. Her roles in television varied from Batman (1966), to Charlie's Angels (1979). In 1987, she acted along with her Mother Ann southern in The Whales of August (1987), playing the younger version of her Mother's character (for some years, many people said that Tisha looked like a younger version of her Mother). Her last starring role was in 1999 for the film Breakfast of Champions, where she acted alongside Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, & Nick Nolte.
(Pete) Tim Rooney- Son of famed entertainer Mickey Rooney, Tim started out in television, appearing in Dr Kildare and Bewitched, to name a few films. his film career was not as big, with only about 5 films under his belt, some exploiting the 60's teen culture. Tim also put his vocal talents to use, adding voices to the original airing of the Hanna-Barbara cartoon series The Jetsons (1962), before doing his final work in 1983 for the cartoon series based around the A-Team star Mr. T. Tim passed away on September 23, 2006 due to dermatomyositis.
(Harry) Kevin O'Neal- Kevin O'Neal was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1945. Born to parents Charles and Patricia O'Neal, Kevin's first screen credit was in 1961, on the television show The Deputy. Kevin did television for several more years before acting in films in 1965, where he acted in Village of the Giants and Wild Fury. After 1965, Kevin continued to act in television productions such as Gunsmoke and The Mod Squad. In the early part of the 1970's, Kevin acted in several films. One of which was Love Story, which starred his brother Ryan O'Neal. His last filmwork was in 1975 with At Long Last Love.
(Nancy) Charla Doherty- Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Charla was another teenager who broke into the world of film through television, acting in shows like Leave it to Beaver, and Dr Kildare. Her first big-screen debut was in the Jimmy Stewart film Take Her, She's Mine (1963). After her role as Nancy in Village, Charla became a member of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, playing the character Julie Olson for 2 years, before making her final television appearance in the 1967 television film In the Year 2889. She later took up local theatre, where she starred in and directed productions. She was living with her mother at the time she passed away on May 29, 1988. Charla Doherty was survived by a son, Trevor Black.
(Red, Dance Choreographer) Toni Basil- Starting out her career as a dancer, Toni Basil soon became a major dance choreographer throughout Hollywood. Her first starring role was in Pajama Party in which Tommy Kirk also starred. Village of the Giants marked her first stint as a choreographer, she then went on to act in the Terry Southern-coscripted Easy Rider, and would choreograph George Lucas' American Graffiti (the second time Basil would be involved with a former Giants co-star, Ron Howard). In the late 70's-early 80's, Toni's music career began to take off. Most people will know her from her big single Mickey. Her last stint of acting was in 1990 for the film Eating. Currently, she's still doing choreography, last choreographing on the 2001 film Legally Blonde.
(Georgette) Vicki London- Vicki London, born Victoria Lynn Blumenfeld was raised in Memphis, Tenn. She began her career in early childhood, performing at the local Children's Theatre as well as Summer Stock. Relocating to Los Angeles at the age of sixteen, she joined other "starlets" at MGM and studied acting with Vincent Chase. While at MGM, Victoria played small roles in Dr. Kildare and Sam Benedict. She also sang in local nightclubs, made two records for Mercury and toured with the Blackhawk Gunfighters, a musical production based on the gunfighters of the Old West. Vicki was hired by Paramount to be the Yum Yum Girl for its smash hit, Under the Yum Yum Tree, starring Jack Lemmon. At nineteen, along with starring in Village of the Giants, she also had a principal role in Lord Love a Duck, a cult classic starring Roddy McDowell and Tuesday Weld. Vicki won a starring role on Ozzie and Harriet and during the shoot she was approached by the producers of the show to test for a new series, Petticoat Junction. Vicki won the role of one of the three sisters but declined when her agent and manager was concerned she would be "type-cast" since she was from the South. "My greatest regret", says Vicki. She also turned down roles in Elvis Presley's Girl Happy and A House is not a Home starring Shelley Winters. "My heart wasn't in film. I longed to be on stage." Vicki continued her studies with the famed drama teacher, Stella Adler. Vicki married in 1966, retiring from Hollywood. Going on to teach children's theatre in Malibu, she founded Creative Expressions for children ages 4-12. During that time, Vicki became a student in A Course in Miracles and wrote a book, This is Not Goodbye...It's Halo, a story to help overcome our fears around death and dying. Since 1988, Vicki began using her full name, Victoria Feldman,and she has enjoyed success as a Realtor, selling high end homes in Carmel and Pebble Beach. She resides in Northern California, living on a mountaintop with views "as far as the eye can see" of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Most recently, she has added Coaching to her resume. Vicki's website is now online, and explains more about her services.(Webmaster's note: special thanks goes to Victoria Feldman for helping us to edit her biography)
(Chuck) Hank Jones-Before he got into the entertainment field, Henry Z. Jones, Jr(also know as Hank) first became enamored with genealogy, researching his own family's roots. His interests were further pursued when he entered into Stanford University. Upon graduation, Hank then started his career in the entertainment field. He first appeared on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, appearing on the show from 1962-1965. Along with Village of the Giants co-star Tommy Kirk, Hank would also appear in several Disney productions, such as Blackbeard's Ghost(his biggest role, in which he co-starred opposite Peter Ustinov), The Cat From Outer Space, & The Shaggy D.A. He would also star in the film Tora! Tora! Tora! During the 60's, Hank also had a music career with RCA Records, and shared the same producer as Elvis Presley. Hank's television career would involve recurring roles on My Three Sons and The Patty Duke Show. He would also appear on Mork & Mindy, Petticoat Junction, and many more shows. In 1981, Hank retired from “on-camera acting,” to focus on genealogical research. In that time, he has contributed greatly to the field. His research into his own family's genealogy, resulted in the publication of The Palatine Families of New York – 1710, which won him the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award as Best Genealogical Work of 1986, and also the Award of Merit, In Recognition of Distinguished Work in Genealogy from the National Genealogical Society. You can find more information on Hank by going to his website at's note: special thanks goes to Hank Jones for helping to supply us with more information regarding his life and career)
(Fatso) Jim Begg-Jim Begg is one of the few stars of Village of the Giants who was actually a producer at the time of his acting. Begg Acted and produced the 1961 film The Hired Gun. Jim's film career would include several other beach films such as Catalina Caper(which he co-starred with Tommy Kirk again), and later he would be cast in the Ron Howard-directed Grand Theft Auto. Begg's career would also move into the realm of voice-over work, on the TV series The Cattanooga Cats & Scooby & Scrappy-Doo. His live-action television work includes I Dream of Jeannie & Bewitched, among many others. Jim gave up acting in the early 80's, and went into producing. His last production credit was as a Supervising Producer on the film Into the Sun. Jim passed away on February 15, 2008. He was 69 years old.
(The Sheriff) Joseph Turkel- Being a gruff authority figure triying to control 8 giant teenagers was probably a stretch for Joe Turkel, but he had plenty of bigger roles throughout his career. Appearing in film 7 television since the early 50's, Turkel's work included television shows like The Lone Ranger & The Andy Griffith Show. On film, he'd acted in films alongside such luminaries as Ronald Reagan, Jack Palance, & Kirk Douglas. Village of the Giants would not mark the first time that turkel appeared in a Bert I. Gordon film. He played the role of Nick in Gordon's 1960 film Tormented. In the 1980's, Turkel would act in two rather prominent roles: first as the bartender in Stanley Kubrick's film versiono of Stephen King's The Shining, and then as Tyrell in the 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner.
(Cora) Debi Storm-Debi Storm's film and television career began when she was discovered on the kid's show, Romper Room. Her career in television would lead her into such shows as Dr Kildare, and Family Affair, many of her roles were before she was even 10. Her first major film role, was in A Patch of Blue, which starred Sidney Poitier. Debi's career lasted til' her late teens, when she would appear in such films as The Brotherood of Satan, & Fun with Dick & Jane. After she left show business, Debi became a full-time Mother, and raised her four children. Currently, she is planning to return to show business.
(The Deputy) Rance Howard-He only had about 5 minutes as the uncredited deputy to the Sheriff in Village of the Giants, but Rance Howard probably has one of the largest careers of anyone on Village of the Giants. Rance is the father of Ron Howard, as well as Clint Howard. Rance's career has encompassed close to 45 years,where he has appeared on TV shows such as The Waltons & Seinfeld. His film career has included such films as Chinatown & Innerspace. His son Ron has usually cast him in every one of his productions. Rance also has had a career as a writer, writing for the television series The Andy Griffith Show.


The Beau Brummels-Composed of bandmembers Ron Elliott, Ron Meagher, Declan Mulligan, John Peterson and Sal Valentino, the Beau Brummels began their career in San Francisco. Their popularity increased in 1964, when a radio station played their song 'Laugh, Laugh.' When their next song, 'Just A Little' hit it big, their career took off, and they began to tour and appear in TV and film. Sadly, their career didn't last through the 60's, but much of their music can still be found today.
Freddy Cannon-Born into a musical family, Freddy Cannon got into the beat early on. He spent much of his youth listening and looking for new music, and soon joined a small band playing rhythm guitar. Soon after, Freddy went solo, and his song 'Tallahassee Lassie' was his first big hit, and his career lasted up to the big point of the 60's British Invasion. Freddy's birth name was Frederick A. Picariello, which is also used as a credit to the lyrics for the song Little Bitty Corrine.
Mike Clifford-Born in November of 1943, Mike Clifford came from a family with a musical background. Mike took voice lessons at a young age, and was soon performing around Los Angeles, before signing with Liberty Records in 1959. Mike recorded a number of singles in the early 60's, his most popular being the song Close to Cathy, which reached #12 on the Billboard Top 100. A compilation of his singles was released on the 1965 album, For the Love of Mike. The album was touted in Teen Screen magazine, which also told of Mike's involvement with Village of the Giants. In the 1970's, Mike became part of the first national touring company of Grease, where he played the dual role of Teen Angel and Johnny Casino. His talents would also appear in the Ralph Bakshi-directed Lord of the Rings, and the live-action film Sextette. Mike currently tours with his singing partner, Sandy Zacki, and released a compilation album of their work in 2007. He has also sang along with the group PTPops.


(Screen Story, Special Effects, Producer, Director) Bert I Gordon-Bio coming soon.
(Special Effects) Flora M Gordon-The former wife of Bert I Gordon, Flora Gordon's work in film and television began in 1957, working on Bert I Gordon's productions of The Beginning of the End and The Cyclops. Throughout her career, FLora would work on technical, visual and special effects on numerous films. She also served as unit production manager on The Food of the Gods (1976). In 1983, she changed her name to Flora Lang, which she was credited to on the 1983 television movie The Making of a Male Model.
(Original source material, 'Food of the Gods') H G Wells-Born in 1866, H G Wells apprenticed for much of his young life, before going to The Normal School of Science in London. Though he studied biology, Wells did not finish his education at Normal. Wells made his writing debut in 1895 with The Time Machine. The next 5 years would include such Wells classics like The Invisible Man(1897), and The War of the Worlds(1898). His fictional story The Food of the Gods and how it Came to Earth was published in 1904. Well's novels on both fact and fiction would continue on for the next 40 years, until his passing on August 13, 1946.
(Screenplay) Alan Caillou-Born in 1914, Caillou first love was acting. Serving a call of duty would take up much of his life between 1930-1950. At the end of the 50's, Alan also began to write for film and television, on such series as Behind Closed Doors and Flipper. But even with writing, Caillou still continued to act, both in television and on film, up until 1984.
(Presenter) Joseph E Levine-Born in Boston Massachusetts, Jospeh E Levine started in the clothing business. His beginning as a mogul began in New Haven, Connecticut, when he purchased a movie house. Soon afer, he became a film ditributor, and in the late 50's, he founded Embassy Pictures. Levine's fame came from his buying foreign films on 'the cheap,' and then promoting them to great hype. One of those films was the Japanese 1954 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In later years, he moved more towards producing films, including the Dustin Hoffman classic The Graduate. At the end of the 60's, Levine sold Embassy to Avco, renaming the company Avco-Embassy. He remained it's president until 1974, when he founded the 'Joseph E Levine Presents Company.' He passed away on July 31, 1987.
(Composer/Conductor) Jack Nitzsche-A famed composer of beach-themed music, Jack had his first big hit in 1963 with the song 'The Lonely Surfer.' Village of the Giants marked his first foray into film composing. Jack Nitzsche's talents began to take off in the 70's, composing for films like THe Exorcist and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Cuckoo's Nest gave Jack his first nomination for Music Score in the Academy Awards. 7 years later, he'd be nominated for his work on the Richard Gere film An Officer and a Gentleman. Though he lost for Music Score, he won an Oscar for the film's theme song, Up Where We Belong. His last work as a composer was in 1995 for the film The Crossing Guard. Jack Nitzsche passed away in 2000 from a heart attack related to bronchial infection. He was 63.
(Songwriter) Ron Elliot-A member of the band 'The Beau Brummels,' Ron Elliot's career in film has also included the 1966 film Wild, Wild Winter, with the song "Just Wait & See," also performed by his group.
(Songwriter) Frank Slay-Not much is known about Frank Slay. Aside from his work as a lyricist on Village of the Giants, Slay served as executive producer of the 1966 film Discotheque Holiday.
(Lyricist) Russ Titelman-Russ Titelman's work in film has been heard for close to 35 years. His credits include work as musician on the 1970 film Performance, and score producer on 1991's Rush. He also served as a sound mixer on the 1992 Television special Eric Clapton: Unplugged.
(Cinematographer) Paul C Vogel-Born in 1899, Paul C. Vogel first came to the camera in 1927, as cinematographer of The Potters. Along with cinematography credits on over a hundred films, Paul also directed the film Army Champions in 1941. He also won the Oscar for black and white cinematography for his work on the 1950 film, Battleground. Doing cinematography on war films and across several genres, Paul also is noted for being the cinematographer for George Pal's adaptation of The Time Machine. It was after this film, that Mr. Vogel came to the attention of Bert I. Gordon, who made Vogel cinamtographer on The Magic Sword and Village of the Giants. Paul C. Vogel would go on to do several more films, as well as work in television, with credits to episodes of Twelve O'Clock High, and Voyage to the Botttom of the Sea. He passed away on November 24, 1975.
(Process Photographer) Farciot Edouart-Born on November 5, 1894, Farciot Edouart's career in show business would lead him into work involving cinematography, visual effects, special effects, and process photography. His work with camera and photographic effects spanned over 35 years, starting with his work as a cinematographer in 1928 for the film Interference. For his work involving camera processes and special effects, Edouart was the recipient of 10 Academy Awards for his efforts. Of interest is that in 1940, he was nominated for a special effects Oscar regarding another size-related film, Dr Cyclops. Three years after working on Village of the Giants, Edouart completed his last film work, doing process photography for the film Rosemary's Baby. 12 years later on March 17, 1980, he passed away in Kenwood, California.
(Production Manager) Frank Caffey-Bio coming soon.
(Assistant Production Manager) Curtis Mick-Born in 1902, Curtis' first screenwork was as a second unit manager on Cecil B DeMille's film Reap the Wild Wind. He later went on to be an assistant production manager on films such as Funny Face and Vertigo, before working on Village of the Giants. His last screen credit was in 1970, when he served as a unit production manager for the film Darling Lili. Curtis later died in Los Angeles on April 9, 1992.
(Assistant Director) Jim Rosenberger-Bio coming soon.
(Script Supervisor) Dorothy Yutzi-Born in 1904, Dorothy Yutzi's work as a script supervisor began in 1948 with the film Madonna In The Desert. While her career encompassed the role of a script supervisor, much of her work was uncredited. Some of the more noteworthy films she worked on were several of Jerry Lewis' comedies, such as The Nutty Professor and The Patsy. Village of the Giants was Dorothy's last film work. She passed away in Los Angeles on November 9, 1972.
(Camera Operator) Tom Morris-Not much is known about Thomas Morris. His first filmwork was in 1932 working as an assistant cameraman on 1932's Thunder Below. He would then go on to do The Red Pony and Amazon Quest in 1949 before doing his last known camerawork on Village of the Giants.
(Art Director) Franz Bachelin-Born in Germany in 1895, Franz entered into Hollywood in 1937 with the film Bulldog Drummond Comes Back, where he served as Art Director. His career as an Art Director would span over 63 films, with such stand-outs as Stalag 17 (1953), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1960), and even the Batman TV Series (1966-68). He also served as Production Designer on Bert I Gordon's 1962 film The Magic Sword. Franz passed away in 1980 in Pacific Palisades, CA.
(Set Decorator) Robert R Benton-Born in 1924, Robert Benton's first credit was at the age of 33, with the film Something of Value in 1957. Before his work with Bert I Gordon, Benton would do set decoration for the Twilight Zone TV series (1958), and the Jerry Lewis comedy The Nutty Professor(1963). From 1963, to 1966, he was nominated for set decoation each year in the Academy Awards. As the 70's drew to an end, he would continue to do set decoration for films such as Being There(1979), Top Gun(1986), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988). He passed away in 2003 due to respiratory failure.
(Costume Designer) Leah Rhodes-Bio coming soon.
(Hairstyle Supervisor) Nellie Manley-Born before the turn of the century, Nellie Manley's career in hair styling would span over 100 film and 30 years. Her first work was on the 1935 film The Crusades. Her later work would go onto include such films as Sunset Boulevard, The Ten Commandments, and Vertigo. She passed away in South Pasadena, CA, in December of 1976.
(Makeup Supervisor) Wally Westmore-Bio coming soon.
(Film Editor) John Bushelman-Throughout his 42 year career, John Bushelman would wear the hat of not just editor, but director, producer, writer and sound editor. His first credited work was on the 1947 film Gunsmoke, for which he served as editor. In 1955, he first worked with Bert I Gordon on the film King Dinosaur. He would continue to work in film up til' 1989, when he worked as both writer and associate producer on the film The Iron Triangle.
(Music Editor) Charles Paley-Mr Paley's career as a music editor would span over 27 years. Beginning as music editor for the 1955 television series Cheyenne. Village of the Giants was Paley's only film where he served as music editor, before plunging back into television. He is also given thanks at the end of Aardman Animation's Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out.
(Talent Coordinator) Marvin Paige-Marvin Paige's career in talent and casting began in 1961, with an uncredited part casting for the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). His casting talents would be put to use on television series such as The Planet of the Apes (1974), and Charlie's Angels (1976). His most recent work has been in 2004, when he acted as Casting Director for the film Hamal 18.
(Sound Recording) John Carter-Beginning in 1944, John R Carter's career would encompass over 99 projects. His work in the 50's would include some of the first soundwork done on television, with his work on the 1951 television show The Roy Rogers Show. Mr Carter's fame would not come until late in his life. After working on sound for the television series Night Gallery, he would soon come to do soundwork on The Sugarland Express (1974), the first feature directed by budding director Steven Spielberg. One year later, Mr Carter would receive his first and only Oscar for his soundwork on Spielberg's Jaws (1975). John Carter passed away 7 years later in 1982.
(Sound Recording) Charles Grenzbach-Mr Grenzbach's work in sound has spanned close to 40 years. Beginning with the film The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), Grenzbach's career would go onto include soundwork on several of Elvis Presley's films. 1972 would land Charles his first OScar nomination, for his sound work on Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. He would be nominated 2 years later for his work on Chinatown, and would finally win an Oscar for his sound work on Platoon (1986). His last work in sound was in 1988 with the film The Boost. Charles Grenzbach passed away on March 29, 2004 from diabetes.
(Sound Effects) Jack Cornall-Jack Cornall's work in film would span editing both film and sound. His first work was on the 1960 film Dinosaurus. The remainder of his career would encompass work on action and science fiction films, such as The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963) and The Cat (1966).
(Effects) Herman Townsley-Herman Townsley's career in special effects began in the 1954 film A Bullet is Waiting. His next works included the Vincent Price film House on Haunted Hill (1958), and The Angry Red Planet(1960). Herman would first encounter Bert I Gordon by working on the director's 1960 film Tormented. His work in effects would continue through 1975, with the film The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery.
(Special Prop Construction) Ross Wheat-Not much is known about Village of the Giant's prop constructor. Aside from working on the giant-laden film, Mr Wheat was also credited on the 1972 television movie Gargoyles. Ross Wheat contributed to the production by doing work on the Gargoyle's costumes.