Tuesday, January 27, 2009

CHARLES H. SCHNEER (1920 - 2009)

Hellcats of the Navy, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Mysterious Island, The Valley of Gwangi, and Clash of the Titans. As the song goes, which one does not belong? Well, they all do; to producer Charles H. Schneer (even though you would be forgiven for picking Hellcats). I remember recognizing his name on certain movie credits as there was a synonymy between a fantasy film with cool stop-motion animation (as in Ray Harryhausen) and that big producer name. How could I not notice? After all, these movies enjoyed a very high rotation on television when I was young and, what often happens with kids, as any parent can tell you who's kid has a VHS or DVD of The Little Mermaid, I would watch every time.

Charles Schneer was a showman although not one in the public eye, like Irwin Allen was in the '60s and '70s, but through osmosis, he was one for many.

Pictures like 7th Voyage and Mysterious Island are outstanding but Jason and the Argonauts is my favourite.

Internet Movie Database entry for Charles H. Schneer...

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