Monday, March 14, 2011

Fan-Boy Icon #37

When I first considered talking about producer Harry Alan Towers it was because I knew him from some of Jess Franco's string of awesome and not-so-awesome movies from the '60s and '70s, many of which included horror giant Christopher Lee, then I saw the film Cry the Beloved Country with Richard Harris and James Earl Jones, and who was the producer? Why, it was Harry Alan Towers. Seemed interesting enough to take a look, right? I had no idea.

Not only was Towers a prolific exploitation producer, and producer of more socially redeeming films, in 1960 he was implicated as the leader of a spy ring that put prostitutes together with UN members. He purportedly worked for the Soviet Union, and was partnered with actor Peter Lawford. I do not know where the truth lay, but once Towers was charged and made bail he fled the United States. It is perhaps notable that this began Towers' strong run of exploitation, producing 39 films, most of which were exploitative. He continued producing films until 2005, with an IMDb producer listing of 103 films. He died four years later in 2009 in Toronto.


Anonymous said...

Harry Alan Towers worked with MI6

Darius Whiteplume said...

The info on the internet is sketchy, and not just because it is on the internet ;-) I would be interested in a book on Towers, or maybe Franco that discusses him as well. Biographies are not really my thing though.

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