Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
Richard Matheson, Richard Allan Simmons
Ellis W. Carter
Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen
Jay A. Morley Jr.
Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
The Incredible Shrinking Man
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.
The only fight I had with Universal was on The Incredible Shrinking Man, and I won it. They wanted a happy ending. They wanted him to suddenly start to grow again, and I said, “Over my dead body.” So they said, “Well, let’s test your ending.” And at the previews it went over so well, they agreed it was best to keep it. But I had something of a to-do with them at first, and I had to explain that this was not a film suited to a happy ending. I felt the ending had a kind of religious significance. I thought that the impact and the mood created as he climbed through this little grill that he couldn’t climb through before was good. The way Grant Williams played the scene and what we did with it I felt was cinematic, but that’s my opinion. [...] The Incredible Shrinking Man gave me an opportunity to say some things about society.
Jack is Back, interview by Bill Kelly, in CINEFANTASTIQUE, volume 4, no. 2, 1975.
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