George Pal Overview:

Producer, George Pal, was born Gy?rgy P?l Marczincs?k on Feb 1, 1908 in Cegléd, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary). Pal died at the age of 72 on May 2, 1980 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. However he won one Honorary Award in 1943 for the development of novel methods and techniques in the production of short subjects known as Puppetoons .

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Unfinished or unmade film projects to which George Pal committed his personal time, money, and energy include "After Worlds Collide" (Paramount, 1955) - a sequel to When Worlds Collide (1951) - unmade due to the poor returns of Conquest of Space (1955); "Logan's Run" (MGM, 1968) - unmade due to poor returns of The Power (1968), eventually made by Saul David as Logan's Run (1976); "When The Sleeper Wakes" (MGM, 1972), based on the science-fiction novel by H.G. Wells - unmade due to Woody Allen's parody version then in production, Sleeper (1973); "Doc Savage II" (Warner Bros., 1976) - unmade due to poor returns of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975); "The Time Traveler" (MGM, 1977-78) aka "Time Machine II," a sequel to his movie of H.G. Wells's
Pal and his crew (Galaxy Films and, at Paramount, the Cauliflower Ear Gang) worked special-effects miracles at a time when there were no computers to help and very little precedent on which to go. Martian military hardware, time travel, and spaceship launch systems were designed from scratch. These were high-risk ventures that required considerable imagination (genius, really), ingenuity, determination, tenacity, and courage.

All of his movies feature a cameo appearance from Woody Woodpecker somewhere because he and Walter Lantz were close friends. The exception is Andy Panda, another Lantz character, who appears in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975).

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