IRWIN ALLEN NEWS NETWORK
A warm welcome to the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN). Established in 1994 by Giants Log, with the late Paul Zastupnevich as president, IANN has focussed on bringing the wonderful worlds of Irwin Allen to a wider audience. Working with fans, cast and crew around the world, IANN has published dozens of newsletters, specials and web sites to promote the television shows, movies, performers, and the production crew working so hard behind the scenes.
We hope you will enjoy browsing around the site and that you will find new material of interest. We welcome your ideas and input to help us to continue to bring the work of Irwin Allen to new generations.
If you would like to contribute research, personal memories of working on the productions, articles, photos, artwork and other creative ideas, please do contact us. We are continually developing the site whenever we have a spare moment, and the extent to which we can do this depends on everyone who has fond memories of these shows and movies.
If you hover the mouse pointer over the picture above, you can identify and visit the pages dedicated to each of the Irwin Allen productions.
Cannot believe we have lost dear Francine York today (6th January 2017), special guest in so many Irwin Allen productions. A very sad day. Below we take you down an Irwin Allen memory lane of some of Francine's appearances.
Francine York as Dr North in Land of the Giants
Francine York (as Lia Holmes) in Irwin Allen's 1969 City Beneath the Sea presentation reel
Francine York and Vito Scotti in Irwin Allen's Adventures of the Queen
Francine York as Daisy Kempel in Irwin Allen's 1976 TV Movie Flood
Francine York as Dr. Helen Sanders in Irwin Allen's 1976 The Time Travelers
Francine York as Niolani in Irwin Allen's Lost in Space episode The Colonists
Visiting with Francine in 1992
LOST IN SPACE BOOK UPDATE
We have received the following update from Jacobs Press regarding purchase dates and retailers for Marc Cushman's Lost in Space book trilogy.
Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, Vol. 1 , with foreword by Bill Mumy, is now available for purchase through Amazon in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and other markets, so readers will not have to import from the U.S.
For serious collectors, however, there remain two advantages for buying direct from the publisher, Jacobs Brown Press: These copies are printed by the publisher in the U.S. and therefore may be of a slightly better quality, plus they come autographed by author Marc Cushman.
Volume 2 of this three-book set, with foreword by Angela Cartwright, became available in the United States on November 29, exclusively at the publisher's online store, Jacobs Brown Media Group. This book will be available through Amazon in the U.S. in early December. It will be made available in the U.K., Canada, and Germany through the Amazon online stores in those markets in mid-December.
Volume 3 will be released in the U.S. in January 2017, then made available in the U.K., Canada, and other non-U.S. markets in February.
Volume 1 on UK Amazon:
Volume 1 on German Amazon:
IRWIN ALLEN'S LOST IN SPACE, VOLUME 2
The second volume of Marc Cushman's book trilogy on Lost in Space is scheduled for release this November from Jacobs Brown Press. In the meantime, for anyone who hasn't yet purchased the first volume, Marc has provided a sample chapter for your enjoyment chronicling the production of the pilot episode The Reluctant Stowaway (click on image or link below to view PDF file):
We have just learned through Celeste Yarnall that Don Marshall (Dan Erickson in Land of the Giants), passed away on Sunday 30th October 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital at the age of 80. For more news, please visit the Land of the Giants section.
SCIENCE ON A SPHERE
Several stars from Star Trek who have also appeared in Irwin Allen productions (Lee Meriwether, Celeste Yarnall, BarBara Luna, Sherry Jackson, and Felix Silla) are attending the opening ceremony for Science on a Sphere at The Historic Harvey House, 681 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311 on Wednesday 5th October 2016 (2-6pm). More details available at Jacobs Brown Media. Click on image above for larger version of poster (courtesy of Sondra Johnson).
ALIEN CON 2016
Alien Con (28-30 October 2016) is bringing us a Lost in Space reunion over the Halloween weekend with guests including Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Marta Kristen, Vitina Marcus, Kevin Burns, as well as Voyage and Time Tunnel guest star Tom Skerritt. The event is being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
SOMETHING BIG IS COMING TO HORROR
Land of the Giants is back in the UK on the Horror Channel on weekdays at 12 pm and 8pm starting on 19th September 2016 (Freeview 70, Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138).
RED EYE SCI-FI
Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea are all now being broadcast on US television after midnight on Sunday mornings on the MeTV network. Enjoy the MeTV trailer above.
THE TIME TUNNEL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Happy 50th Birthday to The Time Tunnel and to all who have travelled through time with us this past 50 years. On Friday 9th September 2016, The Time Tunnel celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its first broadcast in the US on Friday 9th September 1966. Above are the original US TV Guide clippings for the premiere. Time hasn't weakened the popularity of this series as evidenced by the continued interest amongst fans, collectors, authors, and time travellers! The influence of The Time Tunnel is far reaching as many night clubs, events, movies and tv shows take inspiration from the theme and design of the Time Tunnel for their stories, logos and backdrops. In the UK, The Time Tunnel first aired on the BBC on 9th July 1968, and only had a partial run before being shown in a few ITV regions in the 1970s and then experienced a rebirth over 22 years later on late night television (ITV).
IRWIN ALLEN'S LOST IN SPACE, VOLUME 1
Available now is the first of two volumes by Marc Cushman recording the history of Irwin Allen's Lost in Space. Reaching nearly 700 pages, this first volume covers the making of the first season of Lost in Space and features many notes from Lost in Space production papers, never seen before photos, and old and new interviews with those involved in the show. Reading through the chapters will give you a greater understanding on how television classics like this were produced.
This will be the ultimate reference source for anyone studying the series.
Marc Cushman has also written a three volume series of books researching Star Trek.
The book is available direct from the publishers Jacobs Brown Press or on Amazon.com.
HAKES AMERICANA AUCTION #218
COMMEMORATING IRWIN ALLEN'S 100TH BIRTHDAY
12th June 2016 marks the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster", and all round king of science fiction and movie making. It's amazing to think that he was already in his fifties when busy making his quartet of science fiction shows in the mid to late sixties and this shows us all how much can be achieved even in our later years. He has inspired many movie makers who followed in the decades since, and his name and productions are often referred to and compared with when critiquing current day producers' work. That influence shows no sign of abating as we commemorate Irwin Allen's 100th birthday. We are working on a number of projects in the coming months and years to help keep his body of work in the public eye well into his second hundred years and beyond. Your input to these projects is a vital and a most welcome contribution to ensuring his legacy for the future. Please feel free to share your Irwin Allen creations, collections, and research any time via our contact page.
IRWIN ALLEN 100TH BIRTHDAY ART
The above artwork has been designed by A. Dutto to commemorate the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen.
SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR IRWIN'S 100th BIRTHDAY
Restoring the Gemini 12 video featuring Paul Lubliner, Andre Dhont, and Mark Myers, and produced and edited by Mike Clark.
FULL SCALE CHARIOT REPLICA
The video above is courtesy of Chris Pappas and shows John Antonellis' amazing replica build of the Chariot from Lost in Space. Chris Pappas was a consultant on the project and provided considerable materials.
SEAVIEW MODEL VIDEO
APRIL HOLLYWOOD SHOW
DEANNA LUND RADIO INTERVIEW
Deanna Lund is being interviewed on "Cult Radio A-Go-Go! Live" ; a.k.a CRAGG Live at 7pm PST, Saturday 20th February 2016.
LAND OF THE GIANTS HOLLYWOOD REUNION
PROFILES IN HISTORY AUCTION 74
Several Irwin Allen related items including Lost in Space and Land of the Giants costumes are up for auction in the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 74 (30 September and 1 October 2015).
30 Greatest Disaster Movies
Channel 5's 30 Greatest Disaster Movies (UK Channel 5, 10-11.30pm, Sunday 20th September 2015) featured three Irwin Allen disaster movies, namely The Swarm, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. During the broadcast, Irwin Allen was referred to as "the daddy of disaster movies in the 1970s" and of course "the Master of Disaster".
Surprisingly, the list also featured several zombie and science fiction movies, possibly due to the fact that it was broadcast during an "End of the World" weekend on Channel 5 (even Celebrity Big Brother got involved in the theme). By including such movies in the genre, some older classic disaster features were omitted from the list including more vintage movies like The Rains Came and San Francisco. Hopefully, some day a list of the greatest "possible" disaster movies will be compiled, limited to real-world disasters (albeit with some added drama that all good movies need).
The list was compiled by a number of film critics and based upon US Box Office success (adjusted for inflation). In current day monetary terms, both The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno receipts exceed $500,000,000.
LOST IN SPACE BLU-RAY CONTENTS
Fantastic Blu-Ray box set of the complete Lost in Space series in high definition with bundles of extras, many never seen before including stunning photo galleries and special effects videos. Released on Tuesday 15th September 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the premiere episode broadcast in 1965. Region Free and plays perfectly on US and UK players. Available with two different outer boxes, one with smooth surface and one limited edition version with molded embossed Robot graphic, at FoxConnect.com (currently cheapest price) and Amazon.com.
LOST IN SPACE BLU-RAY EXTRAS
Reprint of Robot Blueprint
8 Large Character Cards
Booklet reprint of Bill Mumy's copy of script for the pilot episode The Reluctant Stowaway
No Place to Hide (long version)
No Place to Hide (short version)
Original Network Versions (including bumpers and commercials/tags) of:
The Reluctant Stowaway
The Magic Mirror
Follow the Leader
Blast Off Into Space
No Place to Hide - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Reluctant Stowaway - Mike Clark and Kevin Burns
My Friend, Mr. Nobody - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Attack of the Monster Plants - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Return from Outer Space - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Phantom Family - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Anti-Matter Man - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Promised Planet - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Great Vegetable Rebellion - Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Guy Williams Screen Test
Lost in Space Segment from Seven Wonderful Nights (1965 Original Network TV Special hosted by Dick Van Dyke
The Ballad of William Robinson - Bill Mumy Music Video
Bob May's Home Movies (Photographed by Judy May during production of The Sky Pirate)
Original Network Presentation for Advertisers and Affiliates (1965)
Original Network TV Spots for Season One
Original Network TV Spots for Season Two
Jonathan Harris: Never Fear, Smith is Here (A&E Network series Biography)
Sheila Mathews Allen Tribute
Jonathan Harris and Al Lewis on Mancow's Morning Madhouse (1998)
Original Network Preemption Bumpers with Jonathan Harris and Robot B9
Alternate, Unused Season Two Main Title Theme by Warren Barker
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with June Lockhart and Guy Williams (1966)
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with Jonathan Harris (1966)
Lost in Space FX Outtakes including full scale Chariot in Trona Valley, Cyclops, miniature robots, flight videos of miniature Jupiter 2 and Space Pod, space ship and planet effects, Robot and John Robinson floating in space,
Studs Radio Promos featuring Mark DeCarlo with June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris and Dick Tufeld
Syndication TV Spots (1970s and 1980s)
Segment from Lost in Space Forever (1998, featuring Bill Mumy, Jonathan Harris, Bob May and Dick Tufeld)
Lost in Space: The Epilogue (2015) - Table read through of script written by Bill Mumy featuring Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Guy Williams Jr., Toni Williams, Veronica Cartwright, Kevin Burns
Condemned of Space (1967, presented in 1:78 aspect ratio with 5.1 stereo remix)
Lost in Space Animated TV Special (1973)
Lost in Space Animated TV Series Pitch (2005, by Scott O'Brien)
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen (1995, full-length television documentary tribute to Irwin Allen featuring interviews with many stars of the Irwin Allen TV shows and movies)
Lost in Space Memories (1995, program interstitials produced for the Sci-Fi Channel)
On-Camera Original Cast Interviews (2015, with Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright)
20th Anniversary Interview with Irwin Allen (1985, audio interview conducted by Mike Clark)
Dick Tufeld Tribute (2015)
Photo Galleries - Publicity Stills, Episode Stills, Behind the Scenes Stills, Blu-Ray Cast Reunion (2015), Vintage Merchandise, Props and Sets, Artwork, Lost in Space Saturday Superstar Movie
LOST IN SPACE - HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Lost in Space arrives on Blu-Ray on the 50th anniversary of the premiere on Wednesday 15th September 1965.
Plain Smooth Packaging
Molded Robot Graphic Packaging
Danger, Will Robinson! Cast Members Recall ‘Lost in Space’ on its 50th Anniversary - Variety
LOST IN SPACE BLU-RAY
Time to start saving up as Lost in Space is being released on Blu-Ray on 15th September 2015. Here's the YouTube video showing the test restoration and remastering comparison clips. What a wonderful way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Lost in Space.
JAPANESE COLLECTIBLE AUCTIONS
LOST IN SPACE AT THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW
More sad news from the Irwin Allen production "family". Robert Kinoshita, designer of the iconic Lost in Space B9 Robot and Forbidden Planet's Robbie the Robot (who also guest starred in two episodes of Lost in Space) died on 9th December 2014, at the grand age of 100.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR CHIEF, TERRY BECKER
It is with deep sadness that we have learned from his family that our dear friend Terry Becker, Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea passed away on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
We are so glad that Terry and his wife Linda were able to attend and enjoy the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 50th Anniversary Reunion in October 2014, and that attending fans were able to enjoy Terry's wonderful and mischievious sense of humour. We have much to remember Terry by, with his outstanding attendance at the 1998 VIP convention in Sheffield England, and so many fun appearances in Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
We want to echo Allan Hunt's words of warmth when remembering Terry, saying "The Chief lived a long and active life for all of us to admire and appreciate. It was an honor to know and work with him. On Voyage he was a friend and supportive co-worker, as was Del Monroe, rest him."
After some private grieving time and a family service on 5th January, his family have created a very special online memorial where you can leave messages of condolence. Our love and heartfelt sympathies goes to everyone who knew and worked with Terry over his long and illustrious life.
LOST IN SPACE Q&A
There will be a special Q&A panel with the cast of Lost in Space at the Hollywood Show on Sunday 25th January 2015. Admission is FREE but limited to only 200 people and the link above gives details on how to reserve one of these tickets.
LOST IN SPACE 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
No sooner have we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of television's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, than we are starting to plan for the 50th Anniversary of Lost in Space next year. The year of celebrations begins with a Lost in Space cast reunion at The Hollywood Show being held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA from 23-25 January 2015. Scheduled to attend are June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy, Francine York and Lou Wagner.
THE VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA REUNION
Derrik Lewis, Allan Hunt, David Hedison and Terry Becker at The Hollywood Show
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
The Hollywood Show on 17-19 October 2014 included a 50th Anniversary Reunion for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Stars of the series David Hedison, Allan Hunt, Terry Becker and Derrik Lewis (Lieutentant O'Brien in the pilot and first season) attended.
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA 50th ANNIVERSARY
On Sunday 14th September 2014, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea celebrates the 50th Golden Anniversary of the first broadcast in 1964. In honour of this very special occasion, we have created a commemorative banner, remembering in particular the crew who "sailed" on the Seaview. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary will continue for the rest of the year including a special reunion of remaining crew members at the Hollywood Show in LA in October.
JUPITER 2 WITH LAUNCH GANTRY AND BASE
David Holderbaum has built this stunning model using the Moebius Models Jupiter 2 kit with a custom built launch gantry and base. Click here to view all of David's latest builds.
METALUNA MODELS SPINDRIFT CRASH SITE DIORAMA KIT
A new resin diorama kit by Metaluna Models for displaying the Moebius Models Spindrift is now available at FabGearUSA.
BACKLOT SPACEPORT TOUR OF THE SEAVIEW
Kyle Allen shares a new creative and fun tour of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Seaview, in Back Lot Space Port Episode 6 "S.S.R.N. Seaview". The Seaview tour can also be viewed in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea media section.
THE SEAVIEW BY JEFF SUMMERS
Jeff Summers has created this stunning composite artwork using his build of the 57" DeBoer Hulls Seaview kit.
DAVID HOLDERBAUM MODEL BUILD GALLERY
LOST IN SPACE - BLAST OFF INTO SPACE
TOUR OF THE SPINDRIFT
SCRATCH BUILT LOST IN SPACE CHARIOT
MOEBIUS MODELS PRE-ASSEMBLED SPACE POD
HELP NEEDED WITH RESEARCH
The main focus of our efforts at the Irwin Allen News Network is to document the history of all of the Irwin Allen movies and television shows and this implies extensive levels of research. We are particularly trying to credit actors and crew who didn't receive on-screen credits in the productions.
We are also studying the movies, trying to identify as many people as possible who appeared on screen and this is proving to be a never-ending challenge. We have recently added a gallery of faces from The Poseidon Adventure and The Time Travelers amongst others and have several faces we cannot yet identify. If you can help with any of these missing names with corroborating pictures of the unnamed actors, please contact us.
POSEIDON ADVENTURE STARS AT JULY 2011 SHOW
Carol Lynley, Ernie F. Orsatti, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Pamela Sue Martin, and Eric Shea
STEVE CAUSEY - MOEBIUS MODELS SPINDRIFT BUILD
LAND OF THE GIANTS COMMENTARY
On Friday 8th April 2011, the cast of Land of the Giants gathered together in LA to create a very special treat exclusively for the UK Second Season DVD release which is due out in June. Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall, Deanna Lund, Gary Conway, Heather Young and Don Matheson have recorded a really outstanding audio commentary which will appear on the second season DVD extras. This unique event showcases the delightful camaraderie between the cast members and is something we are very keen to extend to a convention in the UK.
SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Every so often we will showcase something from different creative fans on this main page. The image above shows several pieces of original artwork and model building from fans around the world. Click on each image to see more of this wonderful work. You can also see more outstanding work from other artists, animators, and model builders by visiting the creativity showcase and models pages on this site.
IRWIN ALLEN BLOG
We have set up a new blog for general chat, all the little bits of information we come across, and to highlight the latest news in the Irwin Allen worlds.
IRWIN ALLEN GALLERY
We have built a new structured and searchable Irwin Allen Gallery with lots of different bits and pieces on anything and everything related to the Irwin Allen productions. It includes new showcases of the work of the talented and creative fans, without whom there would not be many new things in the Irwin Allen universe to enjoy. If you would like your work and collections showcased here, you are welcome to send material via the Email link in the IANN contact page.
PAUL ZASTUPNEVICH ART GALLERY
A new gallery called The Production Art Gallery has opened online and is the "world's first art gallery dedicated solely to original film and TV art". Included in their immense portfolio are many pieces of original Paul Zastupnevich costume art, which are available for sale. Click on the image or link below to visit the Paul Zastupnevich Production Art Gallery.
IRWIN ALLEN NEWS ON TWITTER
Small or urgent items of Irwin Allen related news will be sent out via Twitter. If you have any upcoming events featuring Irwin Allen stars that you would like us to mention, please send us details.