“Village of the Damned” (1960) was directed by Wolf Rilla and was produced by Ronald Kinnoch. Adapted from John Wyndham/John Harris’ novel, “The Midwich Cuckoos;” both Rilla and Kinnoch (the producer’s screenwriting credit was credited to his pseudonym name of George Barclay) also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the Wyndham/Harris novelization with veteran screenwriter Stirling Silliphant (Silliphant also created two popular television mystery dramas for Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems, the TV adaptation of “Naked City” from 1958-63 and “Route 66” from 1960-64).
35 years after the original theatrical release of Wolf Rilla’s MGM production of “Village of the Damned” (1960), veteran writer/director John Carpenter directed his own re-make of “Village of the Damned” (1995) for Universal Studios with Christopher Reeve (of “Superman” fame), Mark Hamill (of “Star Wars” fame), Kirstie Alley (of “Cheers” fame), Trishalee Hardy, Jessye Quarry and Cody Dorkin.
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of Rilla’s 1960 MGM classic sci-fi thriller masterpiece on Me-TV. He previously showcased “Village of the Damned” (1960) as a big coast-to-coast Me-TV premiere broadcast back in Aug. 2019.
Sven previously aired “Village of the Damned” (1960) for his Berwyn/Chicago big broadcast on his hometown television station in Berwyn/Chicago, WCIU-TV 26/”The U”* back in back in Oct. 1995, according to details from the official YouTube site of fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes and information from IMDB.
Who was in Wolf Rilla’s MGM production of “Village of the Damned” (1960)?
The players who appeared in the 1960 Wolf Rilla-MGM sci-fi thriller production were George Sanders (as Gordon Zellaby; some of Sanders’ best-known screen roles include his role of Simon Templar in the 1939–41 RKO Radio Pictures feature film adaptation series of Leslie Charteris’ “The Saint;” the title role of Gay Lawrence in RKO’s 1941–42 post-“Saint” screen adaptation series of Michael Arlen’s “The Falcon” and his Academy Award-winning role of Addison DeWitt in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s smash 1950 Twentieth Century Fox/Twentieth Century Studios screen drama with Bette Davis, “All About Eve”), Barbara Shelley (as Anthea Zellaby, Shelley was known for her various British screen horror roles, including her characterization of Carla Hoffman in Terence Fisher’s 1964 Hammer/Columbia monster classic with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, “The Gorgon”), Martin Stephens (as David Zellaby, Stephens previously appeared with George Sanders in Guy Hamilton’s 1960 Paramount comedy with James Mason and Vera Miles, “A Touch of Larceny;” Stephens later appeared in Jack Clayton’s 1961 Twentieth Century Fox/Twentieth Century Studios thriller with Deborah Kerr; “The Innocents;” ), Thomas Heathcote (as James Pawle), Charlotte Mitchell (as Janet Pawle), Michael Gwynn (as Maj. Alan Bernard; Gwynn previously appeared in Fisher’s 1958 Columbia-Hammer monster classic with Cushing, “The Revenge of Frankenstein” and later appeared in the guest role of Lord Melbury in the 1975 pilot episode of John Cleese’s BBC hotel comedy series, “Fawlty Towers”), Laurence Naismith (as Dr. Willers), Richard Vernon (as Sir Edgar Hargraves), John Phillips (as Gen. Leighton), Richard Warner (as Harrington), Sarah Long (as Evelyn Harrington), Jenny Laird (as Mrs. Harrington), Pamela Buck (as Milly Hughes), Susan Richards (as Mrs. Plumpton) and Rosamund Greenwood (as Ms. Ogle).