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Ivan Tors

  • Highest Rated: 56% In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% Flipper (1963)
  • Birthday: Jun 12, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Budapest-born writer/director/producer Ivan Tors wrote several plays in his native country before moving to the US in the years just prior to World War II. After US air force and OSS activity, Tors turned to screenwriting, at first turning out such non-descript conformist works as Song of Love (1949) and Watch the Birdie (1950). Long fascinated with science fiction, Tors hoped to make speculative films which avoided the "bug-eyed monster" syndrome in favor of storylines founded in scientific fact. In partnership with actor Richard Carlson, Tors created A-Films, devoted to filming the exploits of the fictional "Office of Scientific Investigation." His first films as a producer, including Magnetic Monster (1951), Gog (1954) and Riders to the Stars (1954), made up in imagination and literacy what they lacked in budget and production values. When Tors conceived a screenplay involving a man-made satellite (this was years before Sputnik), he was turned down by every major studio. Thus he turned to television, where he incorporated his satellite story together with several other "unsaleable" sci-fi notions into his first weekly TV series, Science Fiction Theatre (1954-55). Tors' next TV project, the Lloyd Bridges underwater classic Sea Hunt (1958-61), proved to be his most successful. With the 1963 theatrical film Flipper (1963), Tors entered into his "smart animal" phase, which included such films as Clarence the Crosseyed Lion (1965) (which Tors directed as well as produced) and Namu the Killer Whale (1966), and such TV weeklies as Flipper (1964-67) and Gentle Ben (1967-69). In order to keep a variety of animals at his beck and call, and to help preserve endangered species, Tors set up Africa USA, a 260-acre California wildlife preserve. After several unsold TV pilot films, Ivan Tors concentrated on films, and even made an acting appearance, in the 1976 Escape from Angola (which he also co-executive produced).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Galyon Director 1977
No Score Yet Escape from Angola Actor 1976
No Score Yet Salty Producer 1973
No Score Yet Hello Down There Executive Producer Producer 1969
No Score Yet Daring Game Producer 1968
No Score Yet Africa---Texas Style! Producer 1967
No Score Yet Gentle Giant Producer 1967
No Score Yet Namu, the Killer Whale Executive Producer 1966
No Score Yet Around the World Under the Sea Producer 1966
No Score Yet Zebra in the Kitchen Producer Director 1965
No Score Yet Flipper's New Adventure Producer 1964
No Score Yet Rhino! Director 1964
40% Flipper Producer 1963
No Score Yet Battle Taxi Producer 1955
No Score Yet Gog Producer 1954
No Score Yet Riders to the Stars Producer 1954
No Score Yet The Glass Wall Screenwriter Producer 1953
No Score Yet The Magnetic Monster Producer Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Watch The Birdie Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman Screenwriter 1949
56% In the Good Old Summertime Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Song of Love Screenwriter 1947

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