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Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed "The Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. He was also notable for creating a number of memorable and popular television series. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... A Disaster film is a movie genre that has an impending or ongoing disaster (a damaged airliner, fire, shipwreck or an asteroid collision) as its subject. ...


Allen was born in New York City. In 1952, he won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for The Sea Around Us. Allen's film credits include The Animal World (1956), the critically-panned The Story of Mankind (1957), The Big Circus (1959), The Lost World (1960), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), which later became the basis of his TV series of the same name, and Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962). New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... // Events February 20 - The film The African Queen opens (Capitol Theater in New York City). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Sea Around Us is a prize-winning 1951 bestseller by Rachel Carson about life in the ocean and the life of the ocean. ... The Animal World is a 1956 documentary film that was produced, written and directed by Irwin Allen. ... The year 1956 in film involved some significant events. ... The Story of Mankind is a 1957 fantasy film. ... The year 1957 in film involved some significant events. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... The Lost World is a 1960 science fiction adventure film based on the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. ... See also: 1959 in film 1960 1961 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military service in Germany, Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California to film G.I. Blues August 10 - Filming of West... This article is about the original film. ... The year 1961 in film involved some significant events. ... Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen is an 1863 novel by Jules Verne. ... See also: 1961 in television, other events of 1962, 1963 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1962-63 American network television schedule. ...


In the 1960s Allen moved into television as a producer and was responsible for series such as:

There is also a movie, City Beneath the Sea (1971), intended as a pilot for a new series, using many of the props from Voyage. Allen's science-fiction series became notorious for their inclusion of absurd science and an emphasis on the juvenile 'sci-fi' element.[citation needed] Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was a 1960s American Science Fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. ... For other uses, see Lost in Space (disambiguation). ... The Time Tunnel is a 1966-1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series. ... Land of the Giants was an hour-long American science fiction television program lasting two seasons beginning on September 22, 1968 and ending in March 22, 1970. ... The Swiss Family Robinson was an American-made television series that aired during the 1975-76 season. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ...


In the 1970s Allen returned to cinema screens and was the most popular name associated with the decade's fad for the disaster film genre. Allen produced the hugely successful The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974), which he also co-directed. He directed-produced The Swarm (1978), and produced/directed Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) and When Time Ran Out (1980). A Disaster film is a movie genre that has an impending or ongoing disaster (a damaged airliner, fire, shipwreck or an asteroid collision) as its subject. ... The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 action adventure/disaster film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster film directed by John Guillermin, adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson, and starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Swarm, see Swarm (disambiguation). ... // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... 1979 Sequel to The Poseidon Adventure that follows a salvage crew and a band of terrorists that board the Poseidon looking for gold and a lost shipment of plutonium. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... When Time Ran Out is a film made in 1980. ... The year 1980 in film involved some significant events. ...


In the late 1970s/1980s Allen sporadically returned to tv with mini-series like The Return of Captain Nemo/The Amazing Captain Nemo (1978) and a star-studded version of Alice in Wonderland (1985). He was planning on making a star studded musical version of Pinocchio, but a decline in health caused an early retirement in 1986 after his last film made. The Return of Captain Nemo is a 1978 science fiction TV movie directed by Alex March and Paul Stader. ... The year 1978 in television involved some significant events. ... This 1985 adaptation of Lewis Carrolls story, Alice in Wonderland, was made for television and used a huge all-star cast of notable actors and actresses, including Steve Allen, Lloyd Bridges, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr. ... For other uses, see Pinocchio (disambiguation). ...


Irwin died from a heart attack in 1991 at the age of 75. Heart attack redirects here. ...


Irwin Allen in Popular Culture

  • Allen was immortalized and satirized in song by Killdozer's 1989 song "Man vs. Nature," which characterizes Allen as "the Master of Realism." The song's three verses mention three prominent disaster films of the 1970s, including The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake (which has nothing to do with Allen, in spite of the song's misattribution), and The Towering Inferno.
  • The "Irwin Allen rock-and-roll" is when the camera is rocked as the on-screen cast rushes from side to side on the set, simulating a ship being tossed around. It is employed in almost every episode of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea".
  • The "Irwin Allen con" featured in Ocean's Thirteen is to manipulate the mark using the threat of a large natural disaster.

Killdozer was the name of a band formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1983, with members Bill Hobson, Dan Hobson and Michael Gerald. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... For other uses, see Realism (disambiguation). ... Earthquake is a 1974 action adventure/disaster/thriller film that achieved huge box-office success, inspiring the Disaster film genre of the 1970s where recognizable all-star casts attempt to survive life or death situations. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... Oceans Thirteen is a 2007 film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. ...

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Irwin Allen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (273 words)
Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed "The Master of Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre.
In the 1960s Allen moved into television as a producer and was responsible for series such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968), Lost in Space (1965–1968), The Time Tunnel (1966–1967), Land of the Giants (1967–1970) and The Swiss Family Robinson (1975–1976).
In the 1970s Allen returned to cinema screens and was the most popular name associated with the decade's fad for the disaster movie genre.
Cylon Alliance - Lost in Space (2565 words)
Allen was ready to use whatever leverage he had to stop all series production when story editor Anthony Wilson pulled him aside for a private conversation and explained that although some of them laughed, everyone in the screening room loved the show.
Irwin Allen personally responded and explained that the robot was controlled by Bob May and the robot’s voice was provided by announcer Dick Tufeld, the same man who provided the show’s suspenseful narration.
Irwin Allen and the rest of the production team was informed of the cancellation only when a blanket notice was sent from the executive offices to the entire staff.
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