Land of the Giants: Season 1, Episode 25

Shell Game (13 Apr. 1969)

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A near-bankrupted giant wants to find a way to help his deaf son. He soon capture several of the little people who were hiding in the shells. Since they notice he is deaf and Mark wants to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Gary Conway ...
Don Matheson ...
Don Marshall ...
Deanna Lund ...
Heather Young ...
Larry Ward ...
Talf Ekorb
Jan Shepard ...
Osla Ekorb
Tol Avery ...
Mr. Derg
Gary Dubin ...
Dal Ekorb


A near-bankrupted giant wants to find a way to help his deaf son. He soon capture several of the little people who were hiding in the shells. Since they notice he is deaf and Mark wants to find a way to help the boy get an earing aid, he suggests, despite the reticence of the family, since hosting little people is a crime, but at the end, they accepted, knowing that maybe this earing aid might get him financially viable... Written by RealLiveClaude

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13 April 1969 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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In addition to the names of the giant family members, the banker's name, though spelled with only one "e" in the credits, is pronounced "Deerg" - or "greed" spelled backwards. See more »


The hearing aid prop used by the actors playing giants is only about 1/2 the scale of the one used by the actors playing the little people, who are supposed to be 1/12 the giants' scale. Thus, the hearing aid seems to expand enormously when handed from a little person to a giant. See more »

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So Juvenile! So Great!
20 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was 9 when series came out. It had it all. It had warm conventional old-fashioned Norman Rockwell Disney sentiment, kids, babes, scientists, space ships, manly men, a greedy man, a cowardly man, even a Negro! It captured and reversed the childish feelings of tiny powerlessness. If you liked playing with dolls (action figures) you must be in bliss.

So now, at 54, I checked out this episode. The nostalgia was so potent I think I liked it nearly as much. I liked the voices of the actors in the crew, rich and trained, but casual and sincere. And I just loved the retro-future spaceship.

So, for originality in its time, it deserves a 9 at least, and the pleasure of watching it is an easy 8, but the corn is just so thick for an adult, I'm not sure I could watch many episodes. Ah, give it an 8, for the kids.

By the way, the names of the giant family in this episode are Talf Ekrob, Osla Ekrob, and Dal Ekrob, which are backwards for Flat Broke, Also Broke, and, also reversed in order, Broke Lad.

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