The Land of the Giants TV show was a 60 minute sci-fi series on ABC about a spacecraft that crashed on a planet that was nearly identical to Earth after passing through a mysterious cloud in Earth's orbit. There was one BIG difference though on this "Land of the Giants" planet. Its inhabitants were twelve times as large as Earthlings! They spent their time trying to avoid being captured by opportunists who wanted to make money off them, children who wanted them for toys, and animals that wanted them for a meal! Their goal was always to repair their spacecraft and attempt a return to Earth!
Land of the Giants Cast
Gary Conway .... Captain Steve Burton
Don Marshall .... Dan Erickson
Stefan Arngrim .... Barry Lockridge
Heather Young .... Betty Hamilton
Don Matheson .... Mark Wilson
Deanna Lund .... Valerie Scott
Kevin Hagen .... S.I.D. Inspector Kobick
Kurt Kasznar .... Commander Alexander Fitzhugh
Land of the Giants Trivia
The name of the spacecraft was the "Spindrift". It was on a commercial, sub-orbital flight from New York City to London when the mysterious cloud diverted it to the "Land of the Giants".
The flight from New York to London which resulted in the crew and passengers being transported to the Land of the Giants, took place on June 16th (of 1983). June 16th was Irwin Allen's birthdate.
For the first time, in episode #6, "The Flight Plan", it is mentioned that Earth technology is 50 years more advanced than that in the Land of the Giants.
Apparently there was another Earth spaceship that was stranded in the Land of the Giants. It's mentioned for the first time in episode #2 and a few more times thereafter.
Gary Conway appeared in the centerfold of the August 1973 issue of Playgirl Magazine!
Due to severe restraints on production costs, many of the props used on the Land of the Giants TV show were "hand-me-downs" from previous series including, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)", "Lost In Space (1965)", "Batman (1966)", and "Time Tunnel (1966)".
The budget for the Land of the Giants TV show was, in fact, so tight that stuntmen or women were rarely used. As a result, Don Marshall dislocated his shoulder while diving over a fire in episode #2, "Ghost Town". He was still wearing a sling in the next episode filmed (not aired) (Episode #14, "Brainwash"). In episode #13, "The Lost Ones", Zalman King (Guest Star) got a little too serious about his role. During a fight sequence, he broke several of Gary Conway's ribs!
The only other series Deanna Lund ever appeared on as a regular cast member was "General Hospital" and then for only a short time in 1976. She dated CNN talk host Larry King in the 1990s. Her first movie role was in the 1965 United Kingdom Film, "Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine". She played a bikini-clad robot!
Towards the end of the Land of the Giants TV show, Don Matheson and Deanna Lund decided that they were going to get married. Irwin Allen asked them if they would get married on the program, because it could use the publicity. They eventually agreed.
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
1. The Crash (9/22/1968)
2. Ghost Town (9/29/1968)
3. Framed (10/6/1968)
4. Underground (10/20/1968)
5. Terror-Go-Round (11/3/1968)
6. The Flight Plan (11/10/1968)
7. Manhunt (11/17/1968)
8. The Trap (11/24/1968)
9. The Creed (12/1/1968)
10. Double-Cross (12/8/1968)
11. The Weird World (12/22/1968)
12. The Golden Cage (12/29/1968)
13. The Lost Ones (1/5/1969)
14. Brainwash (1/12/1969)
15. The Bounty Hunter (1/19/1969)
16. On A Clear Night You Can See Earth (1/26/1969)
17. Deadly Lodestone (2/2/1969)
18. The Night of the Thrombeldinbar (2/16/1969)
19. Seven Little Indians (2/23/1969)
20. Target ... Earth (3/2/1969)
21. Genius at Work (3/9/1969)
22. Return of Inidu (3/16/1969)
23. Rescue (3/23/1969)
24. Sabotage (3/30/1969)
25. Shell Game (4/13/1969)
26. The Chase (4/20/1969)
27. The Mechanical Man (9/21/1969)
28. Six Hours to Live (9/28/1969)
29. The Inside Rail (10/5/1969)
30. Deadly Pawn (10/12/1969)
31. The Unsuspected (10/19/1969)
32. Giants and All That Jazz (10/26/1969)
33. Collector's Item (11/2/1969)
34. Every Boy Needs A Dog (11/9/1969)
35. Chamber of Fear (11/16/1969)
36. Comeback (11/23/1969)
37. The Clones (11/30/1969)
38. A Place Called Earth (12/7/1969)
39. Land of the Lost (12/14/1969)
40. Home Sweet Home (12/21/1969)
41. Our Man O'Reilly (12/28/1969)
42. Nightmare (1/4/1970)
43. Pay the Piper (1/11/1970)
44. The Secret City of Limbo (1/18/1970)
45. Panic (1/25/1970)
46. The Deadly Dart (2/1/1970)
47. Doomsday (2/15/1970)
48. A Small War (2/22/1970)
49. The Marionettes (3/1/1970)
50. Wild Journey (3/8/1970)
51. Graveyard of Fools (3/22/1970)
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