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A Tribute to Irwin Allen
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Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was an American film and television producer and director, known for his work in science fiction, then later as the “Master of Disaster” for his work in the disaster film genre. His most successful productions were The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974). He also created and produced the popular 1960s science fiction television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants.


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Movie: The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen ( 1995 )
An overview of the career of producer/director Irwiln Allen, using footage from his films and interviews with those who worked with and for him.
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Movie: Where Danger Lives ( 1950 )
One night at the hospital, young doctor Jeff Cameron meets Margo, who's brought in after a suicide attempt. He quickly falls for her and they become romantically involved, but it turns out that Margo is married. At a confrontation, Margo's husband is killed and Jeff and Margo flee. Heading for Mexico, they try to outrun the law.
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Movie: Double Dynamite ( 1951 )
An innocent bank teller, suspected of embezzlement, is aided by an eccentric, wisecracking waiter.
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Movie: A Girl in Every Port ( 1952 )
After two sailors are conned into buying a lame race-horse, they go ashore to sort out the problem, but when they realize that the horse is one of a pair of identical twins, their plan for revenge becomes more complicated.
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Movie: The Sea Around Us ( 1953 )
Irwin Allen explores the mysteries of the deep blue sea in this Technicolor documentary. Based on Rachel L. Carson's famous study, this Oscar winning project investigates everything under the sea, from sharks, whales and octopuses to microscopical creatures and their coexistence in this vast underwater world.
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Movie: Dangerous Mission ( 1954 )
A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.
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Movie: The Animal World ( 1957 )
A documentary showcasing the world's many different animal species, both past and present.
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Movie: The Story of Mankind ( 1957 )
The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.
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Movie: The Big Circus ( 1959 )
After splitting with his longtime business partner, Hank Whirling is about to take his big top circus on tour. He manages to get a loan and some investment money but has to take on one of their employees, Randy Sherman, to keep an eye on the finances. Sherman immediately hires a new press agent, Helen Harrison, over Hank's objections. After a series of accidents, they soon realize that they have a saboteur in the company. With financial problems increasing, Whirling looks to take the the show to New York City before his former partner Jules Borman can get his circus there. He realizes that he'll need a lot of publicity and trapeze and high wire artist Zach Colino agrees to walk the wire across Niagara Falls. After the circus train is sabotaged - killing Zach's wife and several others - they race to Niagara Falls to complete the high wire act but Zach may not be up it. The saboteur working for Borman bides his time and is planning another death.
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Movie: The Lost World ( 1960 )
Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.
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Movie: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ( 1961 )
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.
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Movie: Five Weeks in a Balloon ( 1962 )
In 1862, the British commission inventor Fergusson to claim uncharted land in West Africa for Britain by flying his giant hot air balloon there.
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TV Show: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ( 1964 )
In this 60s show, the first of four Irwin Allen science fiction productions, the advanced submarine Seaview takes on all kinds of missions for the American government. Under the leadership of Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane, the Seaview takes on a variety of gritty real-world missions with spies, missile launches, deep-sea exploration, etc.Unfortunately, then Batman caught on and Allen decided that camp and far-out science was the way to go. Increasingly, episodes dealt with mind control, aliens, werewolves, evil puppets, monsters in cheap-looking rubber suits, etc. After three more seasons, the show came to an end due to low ratings.
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TV Show: Lost in Space ( 1965 )
The Robinson family was supposed to set off on a five-year mission to explore a distant planet, but an act of sabotage by the scheming Dr. Zachary Smith - who managed to get himself trapped aboard the spaceship - leaves them adrift in space for three years. The Robinsons, pilot Don West, Dr. Smith and their trusty robot move from planet to planet, always searching for a way to return to Earth.
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TV Show: The Time Tunnel ( 1966 )
The Control of time is potentially the most valuable treasure that man will ever find, or so believe the scientists of Project Tic Toc. Located beneath the Arizona desert, the ten-year project's focus is the feasibility of time travel. But when the government reconsiders the project, the scientists have only 24 hours to prove their untested time tunnel will actually work. Determined to save the project, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Doug Phillips go through the tunnel and quickly find themselves catapulted from one historical event to another, barely escaping with their lives as their colleagues back in Arizona race to figure out a way to bring them back home.
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TV Show: Land of the Giants ( 1968 )
Three crew and four passengers aboard the low-orbit shuttlecraft Spindrift are swept up into a space warp and transported to a planet light-years distant. While the planet is similar to Earth, everything is 12 times the size of what they are accustomed to. The seven now-miniature Earthlings must find the parts to repair the ship, while evading the planet's totalitarian government.
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Movie: City Beneath the Sea ( 1971 )
A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit the underwater city called Pacifica. They find they must defend the city against hostile alien forces.
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Movie: The Poseidon Adventure ( 1972 )
Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.
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Movie: The Towering Inferno ( 1975 )
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
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Movie: Adventures of the Queen ( 1975 )
A madman hijacks the luxury cruise liner, S.S. Queen, and threatens to blow it up unless a millionaire pays him the the contents of a safe deposit box. The crew regains control of the ship, but the hijacker dies, taking the codes to disarm the bomb with him.
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TV Show: Swiss Family Robinson ( 1975 )
In this adaptation of the famous novel, the Robinsons are stranded on a deserted island in the Pacific. They must create a new life for themselves with little hope of rescue, and deal with pirates and hostile natives.
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Movie: Time Travelers ( 1976 )
During an outbreak of a contagious disease in 1976, two scientists are sent back in time to 1871, when a Chicago doctor apparently had the cure for it.
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Movie: Flood ( 1976 )
After several weeks of heavy rainfall, the dam above Brownsville is ready to burst. But the town's mayor refuses to open its gates - paving the way for disaster.
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Movie: Fire ( 1977 )
A convict starts a fire in a forest to cover his escape, but the fire goes out of control and threatens to destroy a small mountain community.
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Movie: Viva Knievel! ( 1977 )
Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is offered a fortune to perform in Mexico. What Evel doesn't know is that they're planning to kill him and use his body to ship cocaine into the U.S. His chief mechanic, who is an alcoholic, is weary of the whole thing and discovers something, but before he can tell Evel he is sent to a rehab clinic for drug addicts, which Evel doesn't believe he is. He goes to see him who tells Evel what he found out but is still in the dark as what is happening.
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Movie: The Return of Captain Nemo ( 1978 )
After a century of being in suspended animation, the mysterious submarine commander is revived in modern times for new adventures.
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TV Show: The Return of Captain Nemo ( 1978 )
During naval exercises in 1978, Captain Nemo is found in suspended animation aboard his submarine Nautilus beneath the Pacific Ocean. Revived by members of a modern-day US Government agency, Nemo is persuaded to rescue United States interests and in so doing battles Professor Cunningham, a mad scientist. 
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Movie: Hanging by a Thread ( 1979 )
A group of old friends on an outing re-live various traumas and tragedies via flashback whilst trapped high above a ravine in a disabled cable-car.
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Movie: The Swarm ( 1978 )
A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.
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Movie: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure ( 1979 )
Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.
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Movie: The Memory of Eva Ryker ( 1980 )
A young woman has spent her life tormented by the death of her mother, who was on a cruise ship torpedoed during World War II. When her father hires an investigator to look into the circumstances of her mother's death 30 years previo
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Movie: When Time Ran Out... ( 1980 )
An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.
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Movie: The Night the Bridge Fell Down ( 1983 )
A group of random individuals get stranded on a bridge that begins collapsing at both ends. Not only that, but there's a gun-wielding bank robber using the bridge as his means of escape refusing to let any of the rescuers draw near the survivors. Time is running out and a solution must be reached.
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Movie: Cave In! ( 1983 )
A group of strangers become entrapped in a cave after it collapses. A fugitive among them claims a hostage as leverage for means of escape.
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TV Show: Alice in Wonderland ( 1985 )
Alice in Wonderland is a two-part made-for-television adaptation of Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. An Irwin Allen production, it used a huge all-star cast of notable actors and actresses.
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