George Pal


Producer
George Pal

About

Also Known As
George Jules Pal
Birth Place
Hungary
Born
February 01, 1908
Died
May 02, 1980

Biography

Set designer with UFA before moving in the 1930s to Western Europe, where he produced ingenious short advertising films featuring wire-jointed, stylized puppets. In 1940 Pal moved to Hollywood, where he produced the "Puppetoons" series for Paramount and began directing and/or producing special-effects oriented features including "War of the Worlds" (1953) and "The Time Machine" (1960). H...

Photos & Videos

The War of the Worlds (1953) - Lobby Cards
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - British Front-of-House Stills
Time Machine, The - Poster Painting

Biography

Set designer with UFA before moving in the 1930s to Western Europe, where he produced ingenious short advertising films featuring wire-jointed, stylized puppets. In 1940 Pal moved to Hollywood, where he produced the "Puppetoons" series for Paramount and began directing and/or producing special-effects oriented features including "War of the Worlds" (1953) and "The Time Machine" (1960). He received a special Academy Award in 1943 for developing a technique which combined animation with live action.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

May Man Jasper (1976)
Director
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Director
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
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Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
Director
The Time Machine (1960)
Director
tom thumb (1958)
Director
Tubby the Tuba (1947)
Director
Rhythm in the Ranks (1941)
Director
Ship Of The Ether (1938)
Director
Sinbad (1936)
Director
The Sleeping Beauty (1935)
Director
Ship of the Ether (1934)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)

Writer (Feature Film)

Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze (1975)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze (1975)
Producer
The Power (1968)
Producer
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Producer
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
Producer
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
Producer
The Time Machine (1960)
Producer
Conquest of Space (1955)
Producer
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Producer
Houdini (1953)
Producer
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Producer
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Producer
Destination Moon (1950)
Producer
The Great Rupert (1950)
Producer
Tubby the Tuba (1947)
Producer
And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1944)
Producer

Animation (Feature Film)

Variety Girl (1947)
Puppetoon seq in Technicolor Executive

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Power (1968)
Company
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Company
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
Company
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
Company
tom thumb (1958)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
Other
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Other

Life Events

Photo Collections

The War of the Worlds (1953) - Lobby Cards
Here are some Lobby Cards from George Pal's The War of the Worlds (1953). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - British Front-of-House Stills
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - British Front-of-House Stills
Time Machine, The - Poster Painting
Here is a shot of one of the original paintings used in advertising The Time Machine (1960). It was painted by Reynold Brown and was the most prominent piece used for promotion; one place it appeared was on the 1-Sheet movie poster.
The Time Machine - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Time Machine (1960). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm - Color Publicity Stills
Here are a few color publicity stills from MGM's The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), starring Buddy Hackett and produced by George Pal. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for MGM's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), starring Tony Randall and Barbara Eden, and produced and directed by George Pal. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Atlantis, The Lost Continent - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961), produced and directed by George Pal. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

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When Worlds Collide (1951) - Most Frightening Discovery Producer George Pal goes biblical with the opening, ubiquitous Paul Frees narration and Rudolph Maté directing, through a backdrop that looks like the Hale telescope at Mount Palomar, CA, described as an imaginary South African observatory, we meet Hayden Rorke (later known as Dr Bellows on TV’s I Dream Of Jeannie) as Bronson, with aides, describing grim findings, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
When Worlds Collide (1951) - The End Of The World Playboy international courier Randall (Richard Derr) headed to New York from South Africa, handcuffed to secret scientific data he knows little about, is pleased to be collected by fetching Joyce (Barbara Rush), daughter of his recipient, John Ridgely the customs chief, James Seay the hustling reporter, in producer George Pal’s When World’s Collide, 1951.
When Worlds Collide (1951) - The World Prays More momentous narration from Paul Frees, as world opinion has coalesced around predictions that planet Zyra, then a star, will overwhelm earth, Randall and Joyce (Richard Derr, Barbara Rush) in the control center with her scientist father (Larry Keating) and John Hoyt as the disabled unstable financier Stanton, the escape rocket ready, as producer George Pal lets loose the SFX, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
Time Machine, The (1960) - No Paradise Having crash landed the machine upon making the big leap to the year 802701, George (Rod Taylor) explores what appears to be unpopulated living space, where much will transpire, in George Pal's The Time Machine, 1960.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Halfway To Pomona! Narration by Cedric Hardwicke surveys the solar system, and a fireball lands in California where Sylvia (Ann Robinson) and Pastor Collins (Lewis Martin) are attending a picture by C.B. DeMille, who owned and licensed the film rights to the original H.G. Wells story, in producer George Pal's The War Of The Worlds, 1953.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - I've Seen Enough At the American headquarters in Washington, the Secretary of Defense (Freeman Lusk) concludes it's time to nuke the Martians, in the 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Open, Super Science The 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds, getting modern right off the bat with ominous narration by Paul Frees and war footage covering 20th century events, script by Barrè Lyndon.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Rout Of Civilization Almost midway through the film, newsy update by narrator Sir Cedric Hardwicke, special praise for the Brits, in a quick survey of Earth vs. Martian invaders, from the 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
Time Machine, The (1960) - It Became Intoxicating His first voyage, New Year's Eve 1899, "George" Wells (Rod Taylor, as an enhanced version of the author H.G. Wells) travels forward in time, in George Pal's The Time Machine, 1960.
Power, The (1968) - He Won't Expose Himself! Nordlund (Michael Rennie), supervisor from the Pentagon, is intrigued because Hallson (Arthur O’Connell) claims that someone on the committee (including Earl Holliman, Richard Carlson, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff and George Hamilton as Tanner), has the power to take over using mind-control, in The Power, 1968.
Power, The (1968) - Something Light And Bubbly Scientist Tanner (George Hamilton) disagrees but Margery (Suzanne Pleshette) insists that they follow-up when the wife of Hallson (Arthur O’Connell), colleague in their pain-tolerance research project, whom we know has been killed via mind-control, calls to say he hasn’t come home, in The Power, 1968.
Power, The (1968) - Is The Pain Really That Intense? Opening with the arrival of U.S. Navy supervisor Nordlund (Michael Rennie) at a California lab where they apparently test subjects’ tolerance for pain, George Hamilton as Tanner, scientist in charge, in The Power, 1968, from producer George Pal, from a novel by Frank M. Robinson.

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