The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi/thriller film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “Village of the Damned” (1960), this Sat., Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The classic 1960 MGM sci-fi thriller production was directed by Wolf Rilla and was produced by Ronald Kinnoch. Rilla and Kinnoch (under the pseudonym of George Barclay for Ronald Kinnoch’s screenwriting position) also co-wrote the screenplay for “Village of the Damned” with screenwriter Stirling Silliphant (Silliphant was best known as the creator of the 1958-62 Columbia/Screen Gems TV adaptation of “Naked City” from 1958-63 and the studio’s “Route 66” TV series from 1960-64). Rilla, Kinnoch/Barclay and Silliphant’s screenplay treatment was adapted from the John Wyndham (a.k.a. John Harris) novel, “The Midwich Cuckoos.” Exterior scenes of Rilla’s MGM sci-fi thriller were filmed on location in the village of Letchmore Heath, England; according to Jeff Stafford’s Turner Classic Movies article on “Village of the Damned” (1960).
Who was in “Village of the Damned” (1960)?
The players who appeared in “Village of the Damned” (1960) were George Sanders (as Gordon Zellaby), Barbara Shelley (as Anthea Zellaby), Michael Gwynn (as Maj. Alan Bernard), Laurence Naismith (as Dr. Willers), John Phillips (as Gen. Leighton)*, Richard Vernon (as Sir Edgar Hargraves), Jenny Laird (as Mrs. Harrington), Thomas Heathcote (as James Pawle), Martin Stephens (as David Zellaby), Charlotte Mitchell (as Janet Pawle), Richard Warner (as Harrington), Sarah Long (as Evelyn Harrington), Pamela Buck (as Milly Hughes), Rosamund Greenwood (as Ms. Ogle) and Susan Richards (as Mrs. Plumpton).