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Tonight, in a fit of having nothing worth watching to offer, the cable company tossed out the classic gem, "It Came From Outer Space." Written by Ray Bradbury, it's the first movie in years I've watched that was older than I am. It was appalling to see how naive we were then, and despite Ray's excellence, how unimaginative. I'm sure he did his best, but one brilliant light amid a cloud of millions of dimmer souls makes little light. Still, it was fun to watch, and sad to say, the only person I recognized in the credits went on to fulfill his destiny by playing the professor in Gilligan's Island. That would have to be a shining light in the fundament of achievement for any actor. Poor sod...
I read a series of SF books back in the 70s, about a group of fearless heroes who travelled around the universes at near light speeds. However I was always amused by the descriptions of them plotting their courses to the next galaxy, as they were doing it using slide rules; no mention of computers anywhere. I wish I could remember either titles or author, I think they were (sort of) classics written sometime in the 30s.
One of these days I'm going to think of a really clever signature.
According to the wikipedia article[^], Bradbury wrote a 'screen treatment' for the movie, but the screenplay was written by someone else. Imagine writing an elegant application in C++, only to have the boss's nephew rewrite it in VBScript.
Roger Wright wrote:
the only person I recognized in the credits went on to fulfill his destiny by playing the professor in Gilligan's Island
That was Russell Johnson[^]. The man had an unreal military career before he became an actor.