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William Alland



So eager was Neighborhood Playhouse-trained William Alland to become a on-stage member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre in the late 1930s that he locked himself in Welles' dressing room and wouldn't come out until Orson had heard his audition. He functioned as an actor and stage manager with the Mercury on Broadway, and as assistant director on the troupe's radio series. When Welles took his players to Hollywood in 1940 to make Citizen Kane, Alland went along as dialogue director; he also appeared in the film as the shadowy reporter Thompson, and was heard as the stentorian narrator in the "News on the March" sequence. He remained with Welles into the late 1940s, acting in Lady from Shanghai (1947) and MacBeth (1948) (as one of the murderers) and wearing several hats behind the camera. In 1952, Allan was engaged as a staff producer at Universal-International. Among his best-known productions were the science fiction classics It Came From Outer Space (1953), Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) and This Island Earth (1955). In 1961, William Alland made his film directorial debut with the juvenile-delinquency melodrama Look in Any Window. Alland died at the age of 81 following complications from heart disease.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% F for Fake
  • Special Participant
1974
33% The Rare Breed
  • Producer
1966
No Score Yet The Party Crashers
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet The Space Children
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet The Colossus of New York
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet The Land Unknown
  • Producer
1957
38% The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis)
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet Gun for a Coward
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet The Mole People
  • Producer
1956
38% The Creature Walks Among Us
  • Producer
1956
71% This Island Earth
  • Producer
1955
22% Revenge of the Creature
  • Producer
1955
No Score Yet Chief Crazy Horse
  • Producer
1955
92% Tarantula
  • Producer
1955
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet Johnny Dark
  • Producer
1954
84% Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Producer
1954
81% It Came from Outer Space
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet The Black Castle
  • Producer
1952
88% Macbeth
  • 2nd Murderer
1950
86% The Lady From Shanghai
  • Reporter
1948
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Guide
1941
100% Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Newsreel Announcer
1941
100% Citizen Kane
  • Jerry Thompson
1941
No Score Yet The Green Goddess
  • Actor
1939

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • Actor

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