A Bell for Adano. Drama. Written by Paul Osborn, from the novel by John Hersey
. Directed by H.C. Potter
. Cort Theatre: 6 Dec 1944- 27 Oct 1945 (296 performances). Produced by Leland Hayward
[earliest Broadway credit]. Note: Filmed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation as A Bell for Adano
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I love science fiction. As a youngster, I used to buy all the pulp magazines. I loved them. I was very pleased when I was assigned to direct my first SF film because I was still an avid fan. The more I did this type of film the better I liked it, because the studio left me alone. Fortunately, no one at that time at the studio was an expert at directing SF films, so I claimed to be one. I wasn't, ...
As a director, he said he liked to think of the movie screen as a traditional proscenium-arch stage into which people and objects could abruptly enter as if coming in from the wings. He often used this technique for shock effect, as in It Came from Outer Space
(1953) when Russell Johnson
's hand suddenly reaches in from the side of the screen to touch a startled Barbara Rush
on the shoulder.