Masters of the Shoot-’Em-Up

Conversations with Directors, Actors and Writers of Vintage Action Movies and Television Shows

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About the Book

This collection of interviews features American, British and Australian writers, directors and actors recounting their notable work in the action genre and the fun of blowing things up. Action movies and television series from 1950s to the mid–1980s are covered, with the main focus on the 1960s and 1970s—the era of Bullitt, Mannix and The Professionals. Twenty-five interviewees discuss their career highlights, including writers Richard Harris (The Saint) and Leigh Chapman (The Octagon), directors Stewart Raffill (High Risk), Michael Preese (T.J. Hooker) and Robert M. Lewis (Kung-Fu), and actors Tony Russel (Peter Gunn) and Peter Mark Richman (Combat!).

About the Author(s)

Tadhg Taylor is an Australian writer, filmmaker and secondhand bookseller.

Bibliographic Details

Tadhg Taylor
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9406-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2098-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Richard Harris—Writer 3

Bill Norton—Writer 10

Leigh Chapman—Writer 16

Peter Yeldham—Writer 26

Stewart Raffill—Director 36

Dick Clement—Director 44

Chris Leitch—Director 51

Steve Carver—Director 59

Michael Preece—Director 70

Gary Conway—Director 80

Alvin Rakoff—Director 91

Robert M. Lewis—Director 98

Jeff Kanew—Director 108

Paul Annett—Director 118

Bruce Kessler—Director 129

Joseph Scanlan—Director 135

Les Sheldon—Director 143

Ron Satlof—Director 151

Jerome M. Siegel—Assistant Director 161

Mike McStay—Actor 168

Jeffrey Byron—Actor 178

Tony Russel—Actor 187

Peter DeAnda—Actor 195

Linda Marlowe—Actor 201

Peter Mark Richman—Actor 207

Bibliography 215

Index 217

Book Reviews & Awards

“Kanew’s recollections of studio interference and dueling egos are told with candor”—Bookgasm.