Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be interested in the return of a made-for-network TV killer bee thriller with several familiar faces.
The 1978 made-for-TV bee thriller was directed by veteran television director Lee H. Katzin. “Terror Out of the Sky” was co-produced by veteran television production executive Alan Landsburg’s production company and veteranzzdszdsfl music mogul Don Kirshner (who also hosted his own syndicated rock/pop music showcase series, “Rock Concert”/”Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” from 1974-79). The Katzin-Landsburg-Kirshner telefilm originally aired on the CBS television network.
“Terror Out of the Sky” was the sequel to an earlier Landsburg-Kirshner made-for-TV bee thriller, “The Savage Bees” (1976, directed by Bruce Geller of “Mission: Impossible” and “Mannix” fame, the Emmy-award telefilm thriller for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing originally aired on the NBC television network). The screenplay was written by veteran Landsburg screenwriter Guerdon Trueblood (of “Ants!”/”It Happened at Lakewood Manor” and “Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo” fame), along with Doris Silverton and Peter Nelson.
This will mark Sven’s second showcase of “Terror Out of the Sky” (1978) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the killer bee film back in Feb. 2018.
Who was in “Terror Out of the Sky” (1978)?
The players who appeared in the Katzin/Landsburg/Kirshner made-for-TV bee thriller were Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (as David Martin, the junior Zimbalist was best known for his roles in two popular Warner Bros. television series, his role of Stuart Bailey in “77 Sunset Strip from 1958-64 and his role of Inspector Lewis Erskine in “The F.B.I.” from 1965-74), Tovah Feldshuh (as Jeannie Devereux, Feldshuh later appeared in the role of Danielle Melnick in “Law & Order” from 1991-2007 and the role of Naomi Bunch in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” from 2015-17), Dan Haggerty (as Nick Willis, Haggerty appeared in the title role of Grizzly Adams in the 1974 feature “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and in the 1977-78 TV series of the same title), Richard Herd (as Col. Magnus), Lonny Chapman (as Earl Logan), Ike Eisenmann (as Eric Mangus), Ellen Blake (as an agent), Joe E. Tata (as Groves), Charles Hallahan (as the senior Tibbles), Gwen Van Dam (as Ms. Logan), Poindexter Yothers (as Mike, who received screen credit as “Poindexter” in the Katzin/Landsburg/Kirshner feature), Bruce French (as Eli Nathanson), Steve Franken (as Paul Gladstone, both French and Franken appeared in Landsburg’s “Ants!”/”It Happened at Lakewood Manor”), Philip Baker Hall (as Starrett) and Norman Gary (as Finley Dermott).