LAND OF THE GIANTS SEASON ONE
Land of the Giants Season One Episode Guide
by Richard Ryan
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GIANT'S LOG - PRESENTED IN NORMAL TRANSMISSION ORDER 1) THE CRASH (PILOT SHOW) "It can't be, it just can't be!" Oh yes it is: Suborbital flight 612, bound for London, crash lands and its crew and passengers soon realise that this not Earth...this is the 'Land of the Giants'. * This episode was directed by series producer Irwin Allen, and took the longest of all the episodes to shoot (18 days). * The opening shots of the "spindrift" spaceship heading through the storm carry a superimposed flight date of June 12 1983. This date is producer Allen's birthday (born 12th June 1916)! * Preparation for this series began in 1967 with a short filmed storyboard setting out the characters and situations envisaged for the pilot show.Many of the names were changed by the time this story was actually filmed. * Pat Michenaud (Giant boy) has been seen in Bravo's Time Tunnel (Reign of Terror) also produced by Irwin Allen. 2) GHOST TOWN "What did I tell you, we're back on Earth- yeah, its about as American as apple pie..." The little people come upon a town their own size. Only Steve is unconvinced that they are not back on Earth.His fears are proved correct as the group are subjected to a variety of wicked pranks by a sadistic giant girl and her grandfather who is unaware of the full extent of the girl's cruelty... * This was the 14th episode made and was selected as an early episode by the network due to its strength. * The exteriors used for this episode were shot at 20th Century Fox's Vermont lot which sadly no longer exists. * Writer William Welch was one of Irwin Allen's most prolific scriptwriters and wrote episodes for each of Allen's four 1960's series (Voyage to the bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Time Tunnel and Giants) Previous to working for Irwin Allen, Welch had been a speech writer for President Truman. * Guest artist Percy Helton (Akman) can also be seen in Bravo's Wild Wild West and Green Hornet series. 3) FRAMED "Some prowlers have broken in here, no, I didn't see them exactly,I think that they are little people - that's right - little people!" A Giant photographer brutally murders his model with the act being witnessed by the little people.The photographer attempts to frame an innocent tramp for the murder.Outraged by the callousness of the act the little people must decide how to set about clearing the giant tramp without getting caught themselves... * This was the series' most popular show during its first ever network run in the 1960's. * The Giant camera prop is still in existence and is stored at Universal Studios where it was on display for some years. * Director Harry Harris was a longtime associate of Irwin Allen's. Later he would win an Emmy for his work on the hit musical series "Fame"! * Guest Artist Paul Carr (Photographer) can also be seen in Bravo's Time Tunnel (End of The World and Revenge of The Gods) and Green Hornet series. 4) UNDERGROUND "Me ,being wrapped into a package and mailed , like a common cheese , like a fruit cake - ridiculous.." In an attempt to prevent the rulers of the Giant Planet's totalitarian state obtaining a list of leaders of a pro democracy subversive group, the little people must form an alliance with a giant professor. Can he be trusted, or his he a double agent bent on simply handing the little people over to authority? * In this episode the audience is introduced to the Giants culture as being somewhat totalitarian in nature, a theme that is developed in further episodes. * During a scene where a "Giant" passes a Razor blade to Fitzhugh a "normal" sized hand shadow can be glimpsed. Such oversights end up in shows from that period for a combination of reasons: 1) Domestic video recorders were still 10 years away when the show was aired and 2) Tight shooting schedules dictated that some small errors got left in on rare occasions. * Director Sobey Martin was a regular contributor to the series and was renowned for his laid back approach.One of his most oft heard directions was simply "Shoot it, Shoot it!". 5) TERROR GO ROUND "Here I am with a broken down carnival and absolutely no future and look what's fallen into my lap, the greatest attraction a tent show can have, two little people.." A hard up Gypsy captures Barry and Fitzhugh and sees this as his golden opportunity for fame and fortune. A dangerous escape is then organised using an improvised balloon which is shot while in flight by the gypsy desperate to hold on to his newly acquired mealticket. * Clever editing is used in this episode during a scene with "several" giant spark plugs. Even with a budget of $250,000 per show -ground breaking in 1968- only one spark plug could be afforded. Watch carefully how this problem was circumvented during the show. * Writer Charles Bennett, who was English, worked with Allen many times on several of his projects including the movie version of "Voyage to the Bottom of The Sea". * Guest cast member Gerald Michenaud (Pepi) can also be seen in Bravo's Time Tunnel (Rendezvous with Yesterday). 6) FLIGHT PLAN "Betty, don't you understand, we've got one hope for survival, to make sure that no one else,no stranger, knows the whereabouts of this ship" The little people come across a man from "Earth". Foolishly he is allowed to go back to their spaceship. Only later do the little people realise that he is a Giant spy miniaturised to obtain crucial scientific information from our travellers about space travel, including a proposed trip to ...Earth. * The science is very suspect in this story. Throughout the series we are given the impression that giant technology is behind ours and yet here they have the ability to shrink a giant down to little people's size. Clearly a gimmick explained by the fact that the writer (Peter Packer) was a somewhat eccentric regular contributor to Allen's way out "Lost in Space" series. * This episode includes many scenes for Heather Young (Betty) who in later episodes developed a habit of going AWOL without any explanation from the scripts. * The optical effects work in Land of the Giants was generally exceptional, however there are some very poor scenes during this episode during a night scene in the forest. * Guest actor Linden Chiles (Joe/Logar) has been seen on Bravo in The Twilight Zone and Time Tunnel (Day the Earth Fell Down). 7) "MANHUNT" "While you're out looking for rope,what happens to the ship-I mean,how long before the ship sinks for good?" A giant criminal escaping from the police picks up the spindrift with several of the little people aboard. Running scared, he gets trapped in a pit of quicksand, as he sinks lower the spindrift sinks with him, with the air running out an ingenious escape plan is hatched.. * Writer "Jay E. Selby" is actually Robert Lees who was an accomplished comedy writer writing shows for Abbott and Costello and Jerry Lewis among many others. * Guest star John Napier was also in Bravo's Time Tunnel (The Last Patrol). * This episode offers many views of the actual Spindrift model as the Giant carries it around. 8) THE TRAP "Those fellows have scoop nets and you can bet they didn't come to scoop butterflies.." The little people come upon a giant alarm clock and set about using some radium from its face as replacement fuel for the spindrift.As they start their task they witness two Giants arriving with a new sound detector device for capturing little people , surely the giants will find the ticking clock... * Writer Jack Turley also wrote for "Lost in Space" and was persuaded to write for them by his good friend Anthony Wilson who was associated with both shows. * During filming, the rope attached to Don Matheson (Mark),helping him up the sound detector, came free and he tumbled to the ground apparently in agony. His tears were actually of laughter as he wondered how the scene had looked in camera! Mr Allen was greatly relieved. * The episode was shot in seven days between 6/11/67 and 14/11/67. 9) THE CREED "You rest now, don't worry about a thing,just make up your mind that you are going to get well...after all you're rich now- a millionaire..." Barry is stuck down by appendicitis. Steve agrees to perform the necessary operation but needs ether from a hospital. As the little people sneak into the hospital to get some, they come upon a particularly unpleasant janitor, evading him they get to the ether only to be surprised by a giant doctor.... * During a scene near the spindrift, actor Gary Conway (Steve) accidentally calls Kurt Kasznar (Fitzhugh) by his real name of Kurt. * Exteriors of the Hospital were shot at the entrance to Twentieth Century Fox's stage 18. This was common in the series and the location was used several times.The same area appears in Irwin Allen's "Voyage" and "Lost in Space" shows plus the "Batman" TV series from the same studio. * Guest star Paul Fix (Dr Brulle) was also in Bravo's "Time Tunnel and "Get Smart". 10) DOUBLE CROSS "Before this night is over we plan to own a ruby of fabulous proportions - Step 1: you boy will open the lock.." Fitzhugh is struck with amnesia and becomes involved with a pair of small time giant crooks who wish to use him to open a lock. Barry attempts to rescue Fitzhugh unaware of his memory loss, as he wakes the sleeping prisoner to get him to leave, Fitz hands him over to the giants as a younger and more agile accomplice to their scheme.. * On a shelf in the giant crook's hideaway are two masks from Irwin Allen's "Lost in Space" series (There were Giants in the Earth and Two Weeks in Space) * Music for the Party scene was Taken from Lost In Space. * This episode was originally entitled "Pigeon's Blood". * Guest artist Howard Culver also appeared in Bravo's Time Tunnel. 11) THE WEIRD WORLD "We're finished unless we take the supreme risk of trying to recapture our ship. We'll attempt it tonight after dark.." The little people come upon a person of their own size who has been stranded on the giants' planet for many years. Now living in a gopher hole he involves the little people in his crazy plans for getting his old spaceship back... * Writer Ellis St Joseph wrote two giants episodes, "Underground" and this one. He stated in a 1991 interview that this was his favourite of the two. This episode is also a favourite of many fans of the series. * In one scene an Earth wire is removed from a streetlamp causing it to go out. Obviously no Institution of Electrical Engineers on the Land of the Giants! * Guest star Glen Corbett had a long television and film career stretching from 1950 to 1988. This included appearances in "Star Trek" and "Dallas". 12) THE GOLDEN CAGE "That girl's a human being, no different from you or me. How would you feel if you were locked in that bottle?" Steve and Mark come upon a beautiful girl (Marna) trapped in a giant specimen jar. Despite the fact that it appears to be an obvious trap for the little people, Mark seems strangely compelled to investigate further. It transpires that she is the daughter of an old friend of his lost some 15 years earlier... * This episode was shot a whole year before it was finally aired, being shot between 27/11/67 and 5/12/67 airing for the first time on 29/12/68. * Actor/stuntman Dawson Palmer was a regular (often uncredited) on all of Irwin Allen's shows generally as a monster in full makeup, in this episode we see what he really looks like as he plays "first giant". * Guest star Celeste Yarnall can be seen in Bravo's Wild Wild West. Today she is a very successful real estate agent in Beverly Hills. 13) THE LOST ONES "You know who we are and we know you were sent out here by the giants to bring us in. Well it ain't gonna work like that..." The Earthlings are attacked and subdued by a group of delinquent space travellers from Earth who were marooned on the giants' planet some years ago. One of the group becomes a prisoner of the giants and the others force our heroes to save him or Valerie and Betty will be killed.. * During the fight scenes between guest artist Zalman King and Gary Conway, several of Conway's ribs were broken as King failed to pull his punches. * This episode cost £201,666 to make with the giant box trap costing £1,160. Remember, this is 1967 prices... * Guest star Zalman King starred in many TV productions from 1964 onwards and in 1980 started to write and produce his own material including the movie "9 1/2 Weeks" in 1986. 14) BRAINWASH "Alright my little friend, before you die from that foam,I want you to tell me something that's very important - do you understand?" The little people discover an old communications station (in a storm drain) capable of reaching Earth. Meanwhile, a giant scientist has invented a "truth foam" that when sprayed upon a suspect produces instant confessions. Steve becomes covered in the foam minutes before the giant scientist discovers his foam to be lethal! * The communications base is constructed out of portions of the Time Tunnel complex from the series of the same name. * This was one of the first episodes (in production order) to have the giants engaging in long conversations, previously their speech was deliberately limited. This development allowed the writers more scope to develop the giants as characters. * Guest star Warren Stevens is a veteran of many science fiction series and is especially well known for his part as Dr Ostrow in the classic "Forbidden Planet". 15) The Bounty Hunter "I am used to making my own decisions Miss Scott - I know, I read about you from rags to riches, Chairman of the Board of 17 companies before the age of 30, or was it 30 companies by the age of 17!..." The little people face a new menace as the Giants start to put up posters rewarding people for their capture. As the stakes rise, the Earth people find themselves in dispute over whether they need the added protection afforded by a Giant's gun located in a nearby tent... * This episode was produced early in the series (4th) and underwent numerous rewrites to try to make it presentable. * Note the writing on the Giants tin can is not English. The decision to have Giants speaking English took place after this segment was shot. This obviously would enable more scope for future stories. * Guest Artist Kimberley Beck started acting at the age of 2 years in the movie 'Torpedo Run' (as Glen Ford's daughter). She was 11 when she took this part. 16) On A Clear Night You Can See Earth "I'm telling you Fitzhugh, I saw it. It's plain as day. - What is it? What did you see? Tell me, tell me, what you saw. - I saw Earth. Earth! I'm telling you... I saw Earth right through this lens..." A crazed Giant scientist has developed a type of special binoculars that enable him to see in the dark and capture the little people. Aware of the potentially serious consequences of this, they vow to destroy the invention, but this is not as easy as it first seems as Steve becomes captured by the scientist... * Writer Sheldon Stark was asked to rework this story several times during its development and despite his changes this story is known to fans as 'the one where the little people behave sadistically and out of character'. * The show is reputedly based on "Dr. Cyclops" a 1940's 'B' movie. * Guest Star Michael Ansara was a popular actor during the 1960's and appeared in all of Irwin Allen's shows of the period. He was married to Barbara (I Dream Of Jeannie) Eden between 1958 - 1972. 17) Deadly Lodestone "The only visitors we've had here in the last 72 hours have been two squirrels, and I don't think they're working for Kobick!" The little people face a new menace in the form of Inspector Kobick, a member of SID (Special Investigations Department) a group whose remit includes capture of our heroes. Kobick has with him a new device capable of detecting a metal from Earth called "inella metal". Several of the party have items made from it, these are soon discarded with the exception of Dan who has a pin of it in his leg from an Olympic accident several years ago.... * This episode was shot between 6.12.68 - 16.12.68 and first aired on 2.2.69. it took 7 working days to shoot. * Guest Artist Sheila Matthews (Nurse Helg) was Mrs. Irwin Allen, and featured in Allen's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea and Lost In Space, in addition to this she has prominent roles in the blockbuster movies "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno". * Guest Artist Paul Fix (Dr. Brulle) reprises his role here from "The Creed". Fix had a long movie and TV career including parts in The Twilight Zone, Star Trek and The Wild Wild West and films such as Hondo, Shenandoah and El Dorado. 18) Night Of Thrombeldinbar "To release Thrombeldinbar, put him in the paper bag, when the moon comes up make a wish, and burn the bag, as the smoke rises Thrombeldinbar is set free and then you get you wish..." It is the Night of Thrombeldinbar on the Land of the Giants, a special night when cookies are left out for the elf type being called Thrombeldinbar. As Barry, Fitzhugh and Chipper head past a house, a housewife accidentally drops a cookie meant for Thrombeldinbar on the grass. Fitzhugh goes to retrieve it, but is captured by two orphan giant children who are convinced that Fitz is the real Thrombeldinbar. * This episode was produced either side of Xmas 1968, which may account for the 'fairy tale' atmosphere pervading it. Yes, even the Giants got Xmas Day off! * A highlight of this episode is an extremely strong musical score provided by veteran composer Leith Stevens who did many scores for the series. His film work included the George Pal classics "War Of The Worlds" and "When Worlds Collide". * Guest Artist Alfred Ryder (Parteg) was a regular guest star in many genre shows of the period including Star Trek, Outer Limits and Voyage To the Bottom Of the Sea. 19) Seven Little Indians "Unless I'm mistaken, this tiny dog holds the key to all our problems. We'll have the little people within a week and we'll be rid of them once and for all..." Inspector Kobick is overjoyed when he manages to catch the Earthling's dog, Chipper. He realises that they will, of course, attempt to rescue him. To bait his trap he puts Chipper on show in the local zoo as the smallest dog in the world. Barry can't resist the obvious dangers of a rescue attempt. * Filming of the zoo scenes was done at Los Angeles Zoo on Monday, 6th Jan. 1969. * An early version of the script has Steve and Dan running down the back of a giant Rhino. Presumably this was deleted as being too costly to produce. * In one scene part of Gary Conway's hand disappears as he moves out of his fixed area for matte purposes. * Guest Artist Cliff Osmond (Grotius) has acted steadily since 1962. In 1980 he scripted the movie "The President Must Die". 20) Target Earth "Steve, I came back because Mark needed someone to help him and because I'm sick and tired of running and hiding and living like an insect in this giant grotesque world, you stay here but I want to go back home..." Escaping from Kobick and his men, Dan and Mark head into a building via an air vent. At the other side of the wall they find themselves in a Lab run by giants who are working on a new guidance system capable of navigating to Earth. Following a dispute within the group Mark decides to try and negotiate a way home with the giants who need his skills to complete their project..." * In an internal memo to Irwin Allen about this episode it states "we should have an indication that the machinery is now in more active action - with sparks flying about etc., - for a more interesting and action-filled end to the teaser". Fans of Allen's series will not find this difficult to believe as this was really his trademark, in fact Allen was once quoted thus "If I can't blow up the World in the first ten minutes then the show is a flop!" * Guest Artist Dee Hartford (Altha) was Groucho Marx's sister- in-law and also appeared in Lost In Space. Groucho Marx was an associate of Allen's and funded much of his early career. 21) Genius At Work "Who are you? - Well my name's Revo - I've seen you somewhere or a picture - I don't understand Inspector, what's this all about? - I just spoke long distance to the real Mr. Revo and Judge Modak, seems the judge hasn't tried a case in 3 months, I don't know who you are or what you're up to but I'll find out..." Fitzhugh and Barry befriend a giant boy called Jodar who is a chemical genius. Jodar hands a pill he has developed to Fitz. but he sneezes and Chipper eats it running off. When the Earthmen next see Chipper he is giant sized. Fitzhugh then becomes a giant as he too samples the pill..." * This slightly unoriginal premise is a direct lift from a previous episode of Lost In Space (The Oasis) but here the treatment is a little more credible. * This episode was shot either side of Thanksgiving Day on 28.11.68. and the cast and crew were given the day off with a late start allowed on 29.11.68. A late finish was also allowed as shooting on 29.11.68 finished at 21.36 hours. * Guest Artist Ronny Howard (now Ron Howard) obviously benefitted from the hard work and following his long run on "Happy Days" and other shows has become a very well respected movie director with hits like "Cocoon", "Splash" and recently "Apollo 13" to his credit. 22) Return Of Inidu "It was a very good night for ghosts of all sizes according to the boys, not only were they attacked by the smoking green mammoth ghost but saw a whole cubby of little mini ghosts gathering around. Yes, it was quite an adventure set in the spooky old woods where the lightning flashed and the wind howled..." During a fierce storm the Earth people find shelter in a spooky old house and before long they witness strange apparitions created by the magician named Inidu whom they befriend. Inidu has been framed for manslaughter as during one of his stage acts a volunteer died, the little people become involved in an attempt to clear his name... * This episode has no Betty or Barry in it with an explanation that they are "back at the ship". * This is probably the most far-fetched episode of the first series with key plot points relying on genuinely magical explanations (like a live action Scooby Doo!). Inidu can REALLY transport objects around by "magic"!?! * Guest Artist Steven Marlo (Cop) was in several Giants episodes taking small parts. More importantly he was dialogue coach for the whole series. 23) Rescue "Gedo, I want you to cover a possible escape route for those two little people in the shaft. Right about here, Lieutenant Emar you go with him. Probe. See just how extensive that blockage to the drain really is..." While pursuing the little people two giant children become trapped in a collapsed shaft and it seems there is no hope of escape for them as the giants are simply too big to reach them. An uneasy alliance is formed between the little people, Inspector Kobick and the distraught parents of the children as the little people offer assistance... * This episode was based on a true life case involving Cathy Fiscus. * Guest Artist Buddy Foster (Tedor) is actress Jodie Foster's brother. * Guest Artist Lee Meriwether (a former Miss America) was a regular on Bravo's Time Tunnel as Ann McGregor. She also played the role of Catwoman in the 1966 film of the series "Batman". 24) Sabotage "Security Chief Bolgar and his assistant ... they've got us trapped, Steve, they're coming at us with some kind of machine..." A fanatical Police Chief called Bolgar captures Dan and Mark using a giant vacuum cleaner type device. Bolgar is determined to locate the rest of the party and prepares a truth serum for use on them. His overall plan is to cause a terrorist outrage and pin the blame on the little people focusing public opinion against them... * During the vacuum cleaner scene the harness pulling the actors towards the "cleaner" can easily be seen. * We do not see an exterior of the Spindrift during this entire episode. It is thought that it was undergoing some mid- season repair work by the production crew at this time. * Guest Artist Robert Colbert (Bolgar) was a series regular on Bravo's Time Tunnel playing the role of Doug. He was also in Irwin Allen's TV Pilot "City Beneath The Sea". 25) Shell Game "You know there have been times since we crashed here that if I never saw any of you again it'd be too soon. Now with the Spaceship gone...well, there was always some hope before..." The little people come upon a family of fishing giants and their deaf son. Several of them become trapped in a giant shell and brought into the giant's house where they are tipped out onto a table to be found by the boy's parents who desperately need the reward money due for the discovery of little people... * The shell was a spectacular leftover from the movie "Dr. Doolittle". * There are many scenes of giants with the model Spindrift in this show and you can see, if you look carefully, that it loses a front sensor during the shooting somewhere. * Guest artist Larry Ward (Talf) was also in Bravo's Time Tunnel and Allen's Lost In Space series. * The boy Dal wears the same cardigan as Tedar from "Rescue". Presumably there is a Giant Marks and Spencer's out there! 26) The Chase "Captain Burton, we of the Government Authorities need the services of yourself and one other of the men in your party, for these services I am authorised to promise you the following, release of the two hostages in my custody..." Inspect Kobick coerces the little people to help him fight an anti-Government "freedom" group planning to cause financial ruin by massive counterfeiting of giant currency. The Earthlings find themselves trapped between two warring sides as each side prepares differing threats to the group. * This was the Final episode of the first season both filmed and originally aired. * Co-writer Arthur Weiss was originally a lawyer. He wrote several shows for "Giants" and Allen's "Voyage" series as well as "Mission Impossible" and "Flipper". * Outdoor scenes were shot around Fox's outbuildings. * Guest Artist Erik Nelson (SID man) was also seen in "Seven Little Indians" and will feature in several second season episodes.
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