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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes marked the third appearance of Roddy McDowall in the lucrative series. However, in this entry, McDowall played "Caesar," the son of "Cornelius," the simian scientist he portrayed in 1968's Planet of the Apes and 1971's Escape from the Planet of the Apes (see below). Ricardo Montalban reprised his role as "Armando" from the latter film. As noted in a January 1972 Variety news item, Natalie Trundy, wife of producer Arthur P. Jacobs, was making her third appearance in the series. Filmfacts reported that the original script had the apes murdering the tyrannical Beck, but this was changed upon filming. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes was filmed in and around Century City, CA and the University of California, Irvine. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Lizbeth Deen to the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add James Bacon and Rayford Barnes to the cast. For more information about the series, please see the entry below for Planet of the Apes.