William Lindon-Travers (January 3, 1922 â€“ March 29, 1994) was an English actor, screenwriter, director and an animal rights activist.
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne,England he and his sister Linden (1913-2001) both became actors.
Bill Travers began his acting career on the stage in 1947 then three years later made his motion picture debut. Travers co-starred with his second wife, Virginia McKenna, in a number of films, most memorably as the conservationist George Adamson in the highly successful 1966 film Born Free. The experience made him and his wife very conscious of the many abuses of wild animals in captivity that had been taken from Africa and other natural environments around the world. Together they made a number of motion pictures around the subject such as 1969's Ring of Bright Water and An Elephant Called Slowly in 1973 for which he wrote the screenplay and acted. In 1976 he wrote, directed, and produced the film, "Christian the Lion" (also known as "The Lion Who Thought He Was...
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Born Free is a 1966 motion picture written by Hollywood blacklisted writer Lester Cole using the pseudonym "Gerald L.C. Copley." His screenplay was based upon the true-life 1960 international bestselling book written by Joy Adamson about herself, her game warden husband, George Adamson, and Elsa, the orphaned cub lioness they raised while living in Kenya. George Adamson served as Chief Technical Advisor on the film , and he discusses his involvement in the film in his first autobiography book, in UK titled Bwana Game 1968 and the USA titled A Lifetime with Lions 1968. []
The film depicts the dilemma the Adamsons eventually faced when their time in Kenya came to an end, forcing them to decide whether to place Elsa in a zoo, which Joy opposed, or to attempt to teach the domesticated lioness to hunt and fend for herself in the wild.
The film is noted for its soundtrack composed by John Barry; in addition to the score winning two Academy Awards, the title song "Born Free" became a...,
As the film commences, Captain Joe Ryan is salvaging for treasure off the coast of Ireland, when a volcano erupts, nearly sinking his ship. Ryan and his first officer, Sam Slade, take the ship to Nara Island for repairs. As they enter harbour, they discover the floating carcasses of marine animals, the first hint that something dangerous was awoken by the volcano eruption.
Ryan and Slade consult the harbour master, who also has archeological pretensions: he has been salvaging a Viking longship in the harbour. Some of his men have disappeared mysteriously; it turns out that one has died of fear. After dark, a monstrous creature surfaces, attacks a group of fishermen, then comes ashore to wreak havoc on the island. This reptilian creature, which somewhat resembles Godzilla or a giant carnosaur from the Mesozoic era, is supposedly 65 feet tall. The people of the island finally drive it off.
Ryan and his crew manage to capture the monster and haul it aboard their ship, tying it to the...,
The Smallest Show on Earth is a 1957 British comedy film, directed by Basil Dearden, and starring Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford. The supporting cast included Bernard Miles, Leslie Phillips, Francis De Wolff, George Cross, June Cunningham and Sid James. The screenplay was written by William Rose and John Eldridge from an original story by William Rose.
Travers and McKenna play Matt and Jean, a poor young couple (they were married in real life) with a longing to visit exotic places like Samarkand. One day, Matt inherits a cinema from his great-uncle. When they go to look over their new property, they first mistake the modern Grand for it. They are soon disillusioned to learn that the movie theatre they actually own is the old decrepit Bijou (nicknamed the "flea pit"), which is located right next to the railway. Along with the theatre come three longtime employees: Mrs. Fazackalee (Rutherford), the cashier and bookkeeper, Mr. Quill (Sellers),...,
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