Containing Multitudes Since 2004
The Old Scotsman -- I remember listening to his right-wing rants on the radio. He funded the movies "Giant Gila Monster" and "Killer Shrews," in the latter of which he had a small part as an assistant mad scientist with coke-bottle eyeglasses who dies in the laboratory.
brought movie making to texas..Killer Shrews..Giant Gila Monster..I used to go to his Gemini Drive-in here in Dallas in the early 70s..
Well, there was a man named Gordon McLendon (note the spelling...) who was a huge AM radio programming genius in Texas, in the late 50's & early 60's. And he did run KLIF in Dallas. But, I don't know about all that movie-stuff part of his life...
You were right about the spelling (my bad, there), but it's the same guy. The Old Scotsman had his fingers in a wealth (literally) of diversified pies all over the Lone Star state; only one of which was film production (Killer Shrews and Giant Gila Monster were both shot in Texas). He was a major shareholder in Columbia Pictures and, I believe, did some kind of production work at United Artists. In later years, he was one of the producers on John Huston's Victory.I thought of McLendon simply because one of his stations, KABL-AM in Oakland, was instrumental in the development of so-called Easy Listening music as a radio format; and it's a peripheral subject of some thing I'm writing for this blog.
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