Marshal Thompson plays a secret agent that is approximately 6 inches tall. He is carried around from one mission to another in a briefcase with a small chair inside. Written by
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Bill Winters. Good old Bill. Without him, I didn't want to think what life would be like without Bill. Even *with* Bill, I'd never be safe, no matter where I am. Things most people wouldn't notice could mean death to me.
[a pencil on Winters' desk rolls off, nearly crushing the six-inch tall Hunter]
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For years, I remembered my father and I watching episodes of this series when I was very young. The main titles opened on a blotchy gray and white screen when suddenly something rapidly came out of the distance, and then shattered across the screen. At this point you realized that your POV was looking up and a glass vessel filled with water had fallen down and broken over a sheet of glass. The words:"World of Giants" one at a time, appeared on the screen accompanied by a voiceover saying each word out loud as it appeared. Marshall Thompson was a six inch tall man that apparently took on special jobs for the government, when a full sized man couldn't do the job. Thompson lived in the home of a full sized couple. Their job was to be liaison between the government and Thompson, and also to keep his existance a secret and provide him with a safe place to live between missions. Thompson lived in an appropriately small single story house that existed behind a painting in the couple's home. The painting was hinged at the bottom edge and could fold down to form a shelf, and Thompson's house would slide out of the wall and rest on the back of the painting/shelf. He could then interact with his full sized friends and learn about his next mission. I don't remember much about any specific missions that Thompson went on, but I recall once when a villian discovered Thompson's home and by reaching inside the tiny house, tried to grab Thompson. I seem to remember very convincing effects scenes of the giant hand upsetting furniture and even the bathtub inside Thompson's doll-sized house before the evil doer was waylaid by Thompson's full-sized compatriots. That is about all I remembered about the show. As a teenager, I tried to find referance to this show in any publication on TV or science fiction, but with no luck. I was sure that I remembered the series' title, "World of Giants" and I was also pretty sure that Marshall Thompson, whom I was very familiar with from his later show "Daktari", was the star. I asked my father about the show but he thought I was talking about Irwin Allen's "Land of the Giants", and he proved to have absolutely no recollection of "World of Giants". Over the years I talked to many people interested in science fiction films and TV but not once did I find anyone who remembered this show. Finally in a book called "Fantastic Television", I discovered a single paragraph that mentioned the show. Finally, I knew I had not imagined it, it had existed, and better yet, I had been correct in my memory of the show's title and star! Rather impressive considering I had been about five years old when I had seen the show. To this day, I have never been able to locate any episodes of "World of Giants" either in rerun, video, or DVD. Outside of the "Fantastic Television" book and this very website, I still have never found another person who remembers "World of Giants!" Mike Walters
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