Thursday, August 14, 2008

Interview with Paul Mantee, Starred in Cult Film Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Paul Mantee, a movie and television actor who is perhaps best known for his role as shipwrecked astronaut Commander Christopher “Kit” Draper in the 1964 cult sci-fi film Robinson Crusoe on Mars, discusses the film in a recent interview with Ron Garmon of Los Angeles CityBeat.

A more detailed interview with Mantee about the film was published in Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks: Conversations with 24 Actors, Writers, Producers and Directors from the Golden Age, by Tom Weaver (2004). The bulk of this interview can be read online through Google Book Search.

Shot in California’s Death Valley, Robinson Crusoe on Mars was based upon Daniel Defoe’s classic novel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), and a Rex Gordon science fiction novel, First on Mars (1956). After crashing at the box office in 1964, a restored letterbox version of the film was released with related material as a DVD in 2007.

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