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Harry Alan Towers is a Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 19 october 1920 at London (United-kingdom)

Harry Alan Towers

Harry Alan Towers
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 19 october 1920 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 31 july 2009 (at 88 years)

Harry Alan Towers (19 October 1920, Wandsworth – 31 July 2009) was a British-born radio and independent film producer and screenwriter. He wrote many screenplays for his films, usually under the pseudonym Peter Welbeck. He produced over a hundred feature films and continued to write and produce well into his eighties. Towers was married to the actress Maria Rohm who appeared in many of his movies and survives him.

Biography

The son of a theatrical agent he became a child actor, then became a prolific radio writer while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II becoming head of the RAF radio unit on the British Forces Broadcasting Service. In 1946 he and his mother Margaret Miller Towers started a company called Towers of London that sold various syndicated radio shows around the world, including The Lives of Harry Lime and The Black Museum with Orson Welles, Secrets of Scotland Yard with Clive Brook, Horatio Hornblower in which Michael Hordern played the famous character created by C.S. Forester, and a series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, featuring John Gielgud as Holmes, Ralph Richardson as Watson, and Orson Welles as Professor Moriarty. Gielgud's brother, Val, directed several episodes. Many of these were sold to and played by Radio Luxembourg.

Based on his radio success, in the mid-1950s he produced television shows for ITV such as Armchair Theatre, The Golden Fleece, The Boy About the Place, Teddy Gang, The Lady Asks for Help, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Suicide Club, The Little Black Book, The New Adventures of Martin Kane, A Christmas Carol, 24 Hours a Day, Down to the Sea, Gun Rule, and many others.

Usually with

Maria Rohm
Maria Rohm
(28 films)
Jesús Franco
Jesús Franco
(10 films)
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
(15 films)
Herbert Lom
Herbert Lom
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Harry Alan Towers (83 films)

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Scriptwriter

Sumuru
Sumuru (2003)
, 1h30
Directed by Darrell Roodt
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Actors Alexandra Kamp, Michael Shanks, Simona Williams
Rating36% 1.831831.831831.831831.831831.83183
Alors qu'aucun contact n'a été établi pendant 900 ans, deux terriens se rendent sur l'ancienne colonie Antarès où règne la reine Sumuru. Là-bas, la société a évolué et les femmes dirigent alors que les hommes sont réduits en esclavage....
Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express, 1h32
Directed by Mark Roper
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Richard Grieco, Christoph Waltz, Romina Mondello, Nicky Henson, Götz Otto, Hristo Chopov
Roles Writer
Rating29% 1.496261.496261.496261.496261.49626
When an anonymous benefactor invites a party of celebrities and business magnates to a New Year's celebration aboard the Orient Express, it is the guests' greed which brings them all together. Apart from an enjoyable free trip on the luxury train, the businessmen among the passengers also expect to make a lucrative deal. However, just outside Paris the whole train is taken over by terrorists—without anybody noticing. Jack Chase (Richard Grieco), a young American actor who has also been invited, realizes that one of the waiters is missing but does not know that he has been killed together with all his work colleagues.
Midnight in Saint Petersburg, 1h26
Directed by Douglas Jackson
Genres Thriller, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Michelle Burke, Michael Sarrazin, Lev Prygunov, Serge Houde
Roles Writer
Rating49% 2.4553552.4553552.4553552.4553552.455355
Harry Palmer heads a private investigation business based in Moscow. His associates are Nikolai "Nick" Petrov (Jason Connery), ex-CIA agent Craig (Michael Sarrazin), and ex-KGB Colonel Gradsky (Lev Prygunov). They take on the job of finding 1000 grams of weapons-grade plutonium stolen from the Russian government, though they do not know the identity of their client.
The Mangler, 1h46
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Actors Robert Englund, Ted Levine
Rating44% 2.207442.207442.207442.207442.20744
The Mangler, in Gartley's Blue Ribbon Laundry service, is a laundry press owned by Bill Gartley (Englund). The trouble starts when Gartley's niece, Sherry, cuts herself on a lever connected to the machine and splashes blood on the Mangler's tread while trying to avoid being crushed by an old ice box some movers are clumsily carrying past. Sparks and light streams occur when both the blood and the ice box come into close contact with the Mangler. Later, an elderly worker, struggling to open a bottle of antacids, spills them on the moving tread of the Mangler. When she attempts to collect them, the safety shield inexplicably lifts up and traps her hand inside, followed by her entire body getting pulled into the machine.
Bullet to Beijing, 1h41
Directed by George Mihalka
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Mia Sara, Michael Gambon, Lev Prygunov, Burt Kwouk
Rating53% 2.699812.699812.699812.699812.69981
Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) is forced into early retirement from MI5. He receives a telephone call offering a mysterious job opportunity.
The Lost World, 1h39
Directed by Timothy Bond
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire
Actors John Rhys-Davies, Eric McCormack, David Warner, Tamara Gorski
Rating53% 2.654272.654272.654272.654272.65427
Set in 1912, the film opens on Edward Malone, a junior reporter looking for an adventurous assignment. Malone is sent to interview Professor Challenger, an explorer and researcher who believes he is on the trail of the "lost world," a mysterious place in Central Africa. Challenger has a picture of a cliff and a strange beast resembling a pterodactyl that is his only proof of the place.
Return to the Lost World, 1h39
Directed by Timothy Bond
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films
Actors John Rhys-Davies, Eric McCormack, David Warner, Tamara Gorski
Rating50% 2.5151552.5151552.5151552.5151552.515155
Belgian scientist Bertram Hammonds, along with Gomez, who survived being injured in the first film, arrives in the Lost World to drill for crude oil. He and his men begin capturing the natives for slave labor, throwing Chief Palala off the top of the plateau. He survives and is rescued by Malu and taken to a nearby village. Word reaches Edward Malone and Jenny Nielson in England, who remind Professors Challenger and Summerlee of the promise they made to Palala: that they would return to the Lost World should they be needed.
Platoon Leader, 1h37
Directed by Aaron Norris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Michael Dudikoffi, Michael DeLorenzo, William Smith
Roles Adaptation
Rating53% 2.6540752.6540752.6540752.6540752.654075
The movie begins with Lt. Jeffrey Knight, a new officer from West Point, being airlifted to an outpost in Vietnam. When he arrives, he meets his platoon, a group of tough witted veterans of the war. Platoon Sergeant McNamara explains to Knight that the platoon does not need a leader that follows rules. Lt. Knight's actions are also frowned upon by all of his men except for Pvt. Parker, the radio officer.
Outlaw of Gor, 1h29
Directed by John Cardos
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Urbano Barberini, Rebecca Ferratti, Jack Palance, Larry Taylor
Rating24% 1.2175851.2175851.2175851.2175851.217585
While drinking alone one night, reminiscing of his previous adventures on the planet Gor, Professor Tarl Cabot comes across Watney Smith, a fellow professor with a keen interest in women, yet little success in pursuing them. Watney insists on accompanying Cabot to his next drinking spot, and during the car journey Cabot's ring activates and transports both him and Watney to Gor. Cabot is overjoyed at the thought of being reunited with his lover Talena, and the townspeople of Koruba are similarly overjoyed at Cabot's return. After fending off a brief attack by slavers, Cabot meets Talena, and also discovers that her father, King Marlenus is now married to an ambitious woman named Lara. At a feast that night, Marlenus announces that he will soon step down from the throne, and names Cabot to succeed him.
Gor
Gor (1987)
, 1h34
Directed by Fritz Kiersch
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Actors Urbano Barberini, Oliver Reed, Rebecca Ferratti, Jack Palance, Paul L. Smith, Larry Taylor
Rating34% 1.7118951.7118951.7118951.7118951.711895
After being snubbed before a weekend-getaway by his teaching assistant, socially awkward professor of physics Tarl Cabot accidentally unlocks the magical properties of a ring which transports him to the planet Gor. After his arrival, Cabot encounters a village being attacked by the army of the tyrannical priest-king Sarm. Sarm's forces are invading neighboring settlements in an effort to retrieve the Home Stone, a mystical object that creates pathways between Gor and distant Earth. Cabot too is abruptly attacked by Sarm's warriors. After inadvertently killing Sarm's own son during the encounter, he is left for dead in the desert. He awakens to find himself being nursed back to health by Talena (Rebecca Ferratti), a scantily clad barbarian princess of the Kingdom of Ko-ro-ba. Cabot learns that Talena's father, the King, has been captured by Sarm, along with the Home Stone. Cabot travels with Talena on a rescue mission to Sarm's lands, where they are captured. Cabot leads a group of rebels in an escape effort, whereupon Cabot is able to kill Sarm, rescue Talena and her father, and reacquire the Home Stone. Tarl et al. return to Ko-ro-ba, where, after Cabot and Talena admit their love for one another, Cabot accidentally activates the Home Stone, and is returned to Earth.
Lightning, the White Stallion, 1h35
Directed by William A. Levey
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Mickey Rooney, Susan George, Françoise Pascal, Isabel García Lorca, Read Morgan, Debra Berger
Roles Writer
Rating45% 2.26042.26042.26042.26042.2604
A rich gambler by the name of Barney Ingram's horse, Cloverdale III is stolen by creditor Emmet Fallon. The horse is eventually stabled and renamed Lightning, but under the condition that it will be trained by a young rider as a racing horse.
Black Arrow, 1h33
Directed by John Hough
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Oliver Reed, Fernando Rey, Donald Pleasence, Benedict Taylor, Georgia Slowe, Stephan Chase
Rating63% 3.196763.196763.196763.196763.19676
During the Wars of the Roses Sir Daniel is a powerful, unscrupulous knight, surrounded by equally treacherous retainers, Oates, Sykes, Appleyard, and Scar. Since the white rose of the House of York is in the ascendant, Sir Daniel and his household are loyal to York and the white rose. The film takes place just before the revolt of Richard, Earl of Warwick's rebellion against Edward IV (1469–1471).
Lady Libertine, 1h23
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, BDSM in films
Actors Sophie Favier, Emmanuel Karsen, Jane Val
Rating46% 2.3325452.3325452.3325452.3325452.332545
In the 1880s, a rich nobleman from London, Charles de Beaumont (Christopher Pearson), meets "Frank", an adolescent, and offers hospitality to the young orphan. According to the usages of his caste, he decides to educate him by himself. But Frank is not an obedient pupil and Charles is surprised when he discovers that Frank is not a boy as he believed, but a beautiful young girl named Frances with a dark secret.
Christina
Christina (1984)

Directed by Francisco Lara Polop
Genres Drama, Erotic, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Jewel Shepard, Karin Schubert, Emiliano Redondo
Rating42% 2.1371752.1371752.1371752.1371752.137175
Christina Von Belle, a wealthy heiress, is kidnapped by a lesbian terrorist group and held for ransom. She escapes the lesbian terrorists only to fall into the clutches of a gang of gourmet chefs who want a piece of the ransom themselves.