The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror known as Tower of Terror, is an accelerated drop tower dark ride located at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Tokyo DisneySea, Walt Disney Studios Park, located at Disney California Adventure Park. Except for the Tokyo DisneySea version, the attractions are inspired by Rod Serling's anthology television series, The Twilight Zone, take place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel in Hollywood, California; the Tokyo version, which features an original story line not related to The Twilight Zone, takes place in the fictional Hotel Hightower. All three versions place riders in a ordinary hotel elevator, present the riders with a fictional backstory in which people have mysteriously disappeared from the elevator under the influence of some supernatural element many years previously; the original version of the attraction opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in July 1994, was the basis of the 1997 television film of the same name, several scenes of which were shot at the attraction.
A decade Disney began plans to add similar versions of the attraction to their newest parks at the Disneyland Resort in California, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris. In California and Paris, Disney sought to use the popular attraction to boost attendance at the respective resorts' struggling new theme parks; the California and Tokyo versions of Tower of Terror opened in 2004 and 2006 while financial problems delayed the opening of the Paris version until 2007. The California version closed in January 2017; the Tower of Terror buildings are among the tallest structures found at their respective Disney resorts. At 199 feet, the Florida version is the second tallest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, with only Expedition Everest being taller by 0.5 feet at 199.5 feet. At the Disneyland Resort, the 199-foot structure is the tallest building at the resort, as well as one of the tallest buildings in Anaheim. At Disneyland Paris, it is the second tallest attraction. In the American and European versions of the attraction, guests make their way to the Hollywood Tower Hotel through the front gate.
Guests walk along a cracked, curved pathway that leads to the hotel. The pathway goes past overgrown gardens, signs pointing to the stables, a bowling green, tennis courts, swimming pools, a vine-covered pavilion. In most parks, 1930s jazz music plays in the queue area. Entering through the hotel's front doors, guests encounter an interior designed to give the impression that the Hollywood Tower Hotel has been left untouched since the night of its closure; the lobby is covered in dust and draped with cobwebs, throughout there are other signs of the hotel's abrupt closure. Past the front desk, the main elevators are in a dilapidated state, a sign reads "Out of Order". Guests are informed by bellhops that their rooms are not ready yet, they are ushered into the hotel library, which houses the hotel's collection of books, antiques, an old television set, various pieces of Twilight Zone memorabilia scattered about the room. Through the library window, guests can observe a severe thunderstorm raging outside.
With a crash of thunder and lightning, the power goes out, except for the television set which crackles into life and plays the opening sequence from the fourth and fifth seasons of The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling. "You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of things and imagination. You've just crossed over to... The Twilight Zone."The episode goes on to depict the events of a stormy night in 1939. "Hollywood, 1939. Amid the glitz and the glitter of a bustling movie town at the height of its golden age, the Hollywood Tower Hotel was a star in its own right, a beacon for the show business elite. Now, something is about to happen that will change all that."As the video plays, a lightning bolt strikes the tower and causes five people—a celebrity couple, a rising child star, her nanny, a hotel bellhop—to vanish from the elevator, along with an entire wing of the building.
The scene cuts to the out of order elevator, digitally-altered footage of Rod Serling from "It's a Good Life". "The time is now, on an evening much like the one we have just witnessed. Tonight's story of The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction; this as you may recognize is a maintenance service elevator, still in operation, waiting for you. We invite you if you dare to step aboard because in tonight's episode, you are the star, this elevator travels directly to...the Twilight Zone."The television turns off and the guests are directed through to the boiler room, where they await the maintenance service elevator's arrival. In the late 1980s, a second phase of development was being designed for Disneyland Paris. Included was a free-fall type ride in Frontierland, to be named Geyser Mountain, it would have been part free-fall ride that shot guests up a vertical shaft. The plan was scrapped, but was picked up by Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of a massive expansion to their U.
S. park. Several attractions had been proposed, including "Dick Tracy's Crimestoppers", which would be made into Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland. Still needing a major "E-ticket" attraction, the idea of a drop-shaft ride was chosen. There had been several proposed ideas for haunted attractions, including a ride based on Stephen King's novels, a Vincent Price ghost tour, a Mel Brooks-na
Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby was an American short story writer and scriptwriter. He wrote the 1953 story "It's a Good Life", the basis for a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone and, included in Twilight Zone: The Movie, he wrote four episodes for the Star Trek series: "Mirror, Mirror", "Day of the Dove", "Requiem for Methuselah", "By Any Other Name". With Otto Klement, he co-wrote the story upon which the science fiction movie Fantastic Voyage, television series, novel by Isaac Asimov were based. Bixby's final produced or published work so far was the screenplay for the 2007 science fiction film The Man from Earth, he wrote many westerns and used the pseudonyms Jay Lewis Bixby, D. B. Lewis, Harry Neal, Albert Russell, J. Russell, M. St. Vivant, Thornecliff Herrick and Alger Rome. Bixby was the editor of Planet Stories from Summer 1950 to July 1951, Jungle Stories from Fall 1949 to Spring 1951, Action Stories from Fall 1949 to Fall 1950, founding editor of Two Complete Science-Adventure Books and of Two Western Romances from Summer 1950 to Summer 1951.
All these titles were published by Fiction House, which published corresponding comic books for which Bixby wrote and edited. His best-known television works include four original Star Trek episodes, including 1967's "Mirror, Mirror", which introduced the franchise's concept of the "Mirror Universe", his 1968 Star Trek episode "Day of the Dove" is much respected by some Star Trek fans and others. The fourth episode he scripted is "By Any Other Name", his short story "It's a Good Life", adapted as a teleplay for The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling, is arguably his best-known work, in his original prose and in audio/visual adaptations. It was popular enough to be revisited in the 1983 Twilight Zone film, famous enough to be one of many Twilight Zone episodes parodied by The Simpsons, this one in the Halloween 1991 episode "Treehouse of Horror II". Bixby conceived and co-wrote the story for the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage,Bantam Books obtained the rights for a paperback novelization based on the screenplay and approached Isaac Asimov to write it.
Jerome Bixby's last work, a screenplay The Man from Earth, was conceived in the early 1960s and completed on his deathbed in April 1998. In 2007 it was turned into an independent motion picture executive produced by his son Emerson Bixby, directed by Richard Schenkman and starring David Lee Smith, William Katt, Richard Riehle, Tony Todd, Annika Peterson, Alexis Thorpe, Ellen Crawford and John Billingsley. Bixby wrote the original screenplay for 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, the inspiration for 1979's Alien; the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine seventh season Mirror Universe episode, "The Emperor's New Cloak", is dedicated to Bixby's memory. He died on April 28, 1998 in San Bernardino, California, of heart failure at age 75. Devil's Scrapbook Space by the Tale Mirror Mirror: Classic SF by the Famed Star Trek and Fantastic Voyage Writer "Tubemonkey" "And All for One" "The Crowded Colony" "Cargo to Callisto" "The Whip" "Vengeance on Mars" "Page and Player" "Ev" with Raymond Z. Gallun "Nightride and Sunrise" with James Blish "The Second Ship" "Sort of Like a Flower" "Angels in the Jets" "Zen" "It's a Good Life" "The Slizzers" "Share Alike" with Joe E. Dean "Can Such Beauty Be?"
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Time Enough at Last
"Time Enough at Last" is the eighth episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. The episode was adapted from a short story written by Lynn Venable; the short story appeared in the January 1953 edition of the science fiction magazine If: Worlds of Science Fiction about seven years before the television episode first aired. "Time Enough at Last" became one of the most famous episodes of the original Twilight Zone and has been parodied since. It is "the story of a man who seeks salvation in the rubble of a ruined world" and tells of Henry Bemis, played by Burgess Meredith, who loves books, yet is surrounded by those who would prevent him from reading them; the episode follows Bemis through the post-apocalyptic world, touching on such social issues as anti-intellectualism, the dangers of reliance upon technology, the difference between aloneness and loneliness. Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page, but, conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock.
But in just a moment, Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He'll have a world all to himself... without anyone. Henpecked, far sighted bank teller and avid bookworm Henry Bemis works at his window in a bank, while reading David Copperfield, which causes him to shortchange an annoyed customer. Bemis's angry boss, his nagging wife, both complain to him that he wastes far too much time reading "doggerel"; as a cruel joke, his wife asks him to read poetry from one of his books to her. Seconds she destroys the book by ripping the pages from it, much to Henry's dismay; the next day, as usual, Henry takes his lunch break in the bank's vault, where his reading will not be disturbed. Moments after he sees a newspaper headline, which reads "H-Bomb Capable of Total Destruction", an enormous explosion outside the bank violently shakes the vault, knocking Bemis unconscious. After regaining consciousness and recovering the thick glasses required for him to see, Bemis emerges from the vault to find the bank demolished and everyone in it dead.
Leaving the bank, he sees that the entire city has been destroyed, realizes that a nuclear war has devastated Earth, but that his being in the vault has saved him. Seconds, hours, they crawl by on hands and knees for Mr. Henry Bemis, who looks for a spark in the ashes of a dead world. A telephone connected to nothingness. A neighborhood bar, a movie, a baseball diamond, a hardware store, the mailbox of what was once his house and is now a rubble, they lie at his feet as battered monuments to what is no more. Mr. Henry Bemis on an eight-hour tour of a graveyard. Finding himself alone in a shattered world with canned food to last him a lifetime and no means of leaving to look for other survivors, Bemis succumbs to despair; as he prepares to commit suicide using a revolver he has found, Bemis sees the ruins of the public library in the distance. Investigating, he finds that the books are still legible, his despair gone, Bemis contentedly sorts the books he looks forward to reading for years to come, with no obligations to get in the way.
Just as he bends down to pick up the first book, he stumbles, his glasses fall off and shatter. In shock, he picks up the broken remains of the glasses he is blind without, says, "That's not fair. That's not fair at all. There was time now. There was—was all the time I needed…! It's not fair! It's not fair!" and bursts into tears, surrounded by books he now can never read. The best laid plans of mice and men... and Henry Bemis... the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Henry Bemis... in the Twilight Zone. "Time Enough at Last" was one of the first episodes written for The Twilight Zone. It introduced Burgess Meredith to the series, he narrated for the 1983 film Twilight Zone: The Movie, which made reference to "Time Enough at Last" during its opening sequence, with the characters discussing the episode in detail. Footage of the exterior steps of the library was filmed several months after production had been completed.
These steps can be seen on the exterior of an Eloi public building in MGM's 1960 version of The Time Machine. John Brahm was nominated for a Directors Guild award for his work on the episode; the book that Bemis was reading in the vault and that flips open when the bomb explodes is A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving. Although the overriding message may seem to "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it", there are other themes throughout the episode as well. Paramount among these is the question of solitude versus loneliness, as embodied by Bemis' moment of near-suicide. Additionally, the portrayal of societal attitudes towards books speaks to the contemporary decline of traditional literature and how, given enough time, reading may become a relic of the past. At the same time, the ending "punishes Bemis for his antisocial behavior, his greatest desire is thwarted". Rod Serl
Treehouse of Horror II
"Treehouse of Horror II" is the seventh episode of The Simpsons' third season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 31, 1991, it is the only Treehouse of Horror episode to date where each segment name is not stated inside the episode. It is the second annual Treehouse of Horror episode, consisting of three self-contained segments, told as dreams of Lisa and Homer. In the first segment, inspired by W. W. Jacobs's short story The Monkey's Paw and The New Twilight Zone episode "A Small Talent for War", Homer buys a Monkey's Paw that has the power to grant wishes, although all of the wishes backfire. In the second part, which parodies the Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life", Bart is omnipotent, turns Homer into a jack-in-the-box, resulting in the two spending more time together. In the final segment, Mr. Burns attempts to use Homer's brain to power a giant robotic laborer; the episode was written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, George Meyer, Sam Simon and John Swartzwelder while Jim Reardon was the director.
The episode is presented in a similar format to the previous season's "Treehouse of Horror" and contains several similarities to the previous episode, such as Marge's opening warning, the tombstones in the opening credits and the appearance of the alien characters Kang and Kodos. "Treehouse of Horror II" was the first episode that employed the "scary names" idea, in which many of the credits have unusual names. The episode contains numerous parodies and references to horror and science fiction works, including The Twilight Zone, Bride of Frankenstein, The Thing with Two Heads and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In its original airing on the Fox Network, the episode had a 12.1 Nielsen rating and finished the week ranked 39th. The episode received positive reviews, in 2006, IGN listed the third story as the eighth best Treehouse of Horror segment; the episode was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special and Alf Clausen for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.
After eating too much Halloween candy, Homer and Bart have nightmares. In Lisa's nightmare, the Simpsons visit Morocco. Homer purchases a monkey paw from a vendor, he ignores the vendor when he warns against using it because it brings a curse of misfortune to the holder. At home, Homer and Lisa argues over how to use the wishes, but Marge adamantly refuses to let anything happen, she tries to warn her family to heed the advice of the vendor and not use any of the wishes. Maggie is granted the first: a new pacifier. Bart the public tire of the family. Lisa wishes for world peace and angers Homer, who calls the wish "selfish"; the aliens Kang and Kodos take the opportunity to enslave the defenseless Earth. After seeing a newspaper article saying humanity will now be slaves, Homer decides to "make a wish that can't backfire", wishes for a turkey sandwich, but to his displeasure, the turkey is "a little dry". With all the wishes used, he gives the paw to his neighbor Ned, in the hopes of seeing Ned suffer.
Ned wishes for the aliens to leave and this gives the residents the necessary weapons they need to fight back. After the people hail him as a hero, Ned transforms his home into a castle. Lisa bolts awake with a scream. In Bart's nightmare, Springfield lives in fear of Bart; when Homer refuses to turn off a football game so Bart can watch The Krusty the Clown Show, Bart transports him to the football stadium in place of the ball for a field goal kick. As Homer creeps back into the house, trying to surprise Bart with a blow to the head, Bart transforms him into a jack-in-the-box. After Dr. Marvin Monroe says Bart is desperate for attention from Homer, Homer spends quality time with Bart. Bart turns Homer back into a human and the two share a warm moment, causing Bart to wake up screaming. In Homer's nightmare, Homer becomes a grave digger. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns nears the completion of his giant robotic laborer, which he hopes will replace human workers. Searching a graveyard for a human brain to implant into the robot, Mr. Burns mistakes Homer, sleeping in an open grave, for a corpse.
He places it in the robot. However, Robo-Homer is just as incompetent. Mr. Burns declares the experiment a failure and, after restoring the brain to Homer's body at Smithers's request, kicks the robot, which topples over and crushes Mr. Burns. Homer finds Mr. Burns's head grafted on his shoulder. "Treehouse of Horror II", the second edition of the Treehouse of Horror series of episodes, was written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, George Meyer, Sam Simon, John Swartzwelder. Jim Reardon was the director; the episode is presented in a similar format to the previous season's "Treehouse of Horror", contains several similarities to the previous episode, such as Marge's opening warning, the tombstones in the opening credits and the appearance of the alien characters Kang and Kodos. "Treehouse of Horror II" was the first episode that employed the "scary names" idea, in which many of the names in the opening and closing credits have unusual nicknames. The idea came from Al Jean, inspired by old issues of EC Comics.
Although the names became more silly than scary, there has been a wide variety of special credits. For example, the director's name is given as Jim "Rondo" Reardon, a reference to his idol, Rondo Hatton; the "scary names" became such a burden to write that they were cut for "Treehouse of Horror XII" and "Treehouse of Horror XIII", but after hearing complaints from the fans
Invincible (Michael Jackson album)
Invincible is the final studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released October 30, 2001, on Epic Records. It was Jackson's sixth studio album released through Epic, his last released before his death in 2009. Invincible incorporates pop and soul. To Jackson's previous material, Invincible explores themes such as love, isolation, media criticism, social issues. An extensive and laborious album to make, Jackson started the multi genre production in 1997, did not finish until eight weeks before the album's October 2001 release. Invincible peaked at number one in eleven countries worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Switzerland; the album spawned three singles: "You Rock My World", which peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, "Cry" and "Butterflies". Invincible received mixed reviews. However, it was the 9th best-selling album worldwide making it one of the best-selling albums of 2001. Invincible received one Grammy Award nomination, with "You Rock My World" being nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Having sold 6 million copies worldwide, receiving double-platinum certification in the US, sales for Invincible were notably low compared to Jackson's previous releases, due in part to a diminishing pop music industry, the lack of promotion, no supporting world tour and the label dispute. In December 2009, Invincible was voted by readers of Billboard as the best album of the decade. Jackson had been recording solo studio albums since Got to Be There for Motown in 1971. During his time as a member of the Jacksons, he wrote material for the group after they left Motown in 1975 and began working on more projects as a solo artist, which led to recording his own solo albums for Epic Records, notably Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous; the success of Thriller, which, as of 2018, still holds its place as the best selling album of all time with a reported 66 million units sold over-shadowed Jackson's other projects. Prior to the release of Invincible, Jackson had not released any new material since Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix in 1997, or a studio album since HIStory in 1995.
Invincible was thus looked at as Jackson's'career come back'. Invincible is dedicated to the fifteen-year-old Afro-Norwegian boy Benjamin "Benny" Hermansen, stabbed to death by a group of neo-Nazis in Oslo, Norway, in January 2001; the reason for this tribute was due to the fact that another Oslo youth, Omer Bhatti, Jackson's friend, was a good friend of Hermansen. The dedication in the album reads, "Michael Jackson gives'special thanks': This album is dedicated to Benjamin'Benny' Hermansen. May we continue to remember not to judge man by the color of his skin, but the content of his Character. Benjamin... we love you... may you rest in peace." The album is dedicated to Nicholette Sottile and his parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Jackson began recording new material for the album in October 1997, finished with "You Are My Life" being recorded only eight weeks before the album's release in October 2001 – the most extensive recording of Jackson's career; the tracks with Rodney Jerkins were recorded at the Hit Factory in Florida.
Jackson had shown interest in including a rapper on at least one song, had noted that he did not want a'known rapper'. Jackson's spokesperson suggested. Rodney Jerkins stated that Jackson was looking to record material in a different musical direction than his previous work, describing the new direction as "edgier". Jackson received credit for both producing a majority of the songs on Invincible. Aside from Jackson, the album features productions by Jerkins, Teddy Riley, Andre Harris, Andraeo "Fanatic" Heard, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, R. Kelly and Dr. Freeze Bill Gray and writing credits from Kelly, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne and Robert Smith; the album is the third collaboration between Jackson and Riley, the other two being Dangerous and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. Invincible is Jackson's tenth and final studio album to have been recorded and released during his lifetime, it was reported that it cost thirty million dollars to make the album, making it the most expensive album made.
Invincible is an pop and soul record. The album's full length is seventy-seven minutes eight seconds, it contains 16 songs – fifteen of which were written by Jackson, it was noted that the album shifts between aggressive ballads. Invincible opens with "Unbreakable". In a 2002 interview with the magazine Vibe, Jackson commented on his inspiration for writing "Speechless", saying You'll be surprised. I was with these kids in Germany, we had a big water-balloon fight - I'm serious - and I was so happy after the fight that I ran upstairs in their house and wrote "Speechless". Fun inspires me. I hate to say that, but it was the fight. I was happy, I wrote it in it's entirety right there. I felt. Out of the bliss comes magic and creativity. "Privacy", a reflection on Jackson's own personal experiences, is about media invasions and tabloid inaccuracies. "The Lost Children" is about imperiled children. Jackson sings in a third person in "Whatever Happens"; the song's lyrics, described by Rolling Stone magazine as having a "jagged in
The Grave (The Twilight Zone)
"The Grave" is episode 72 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It aired on October 27, 1961 on CBS; the outlaw Pinto Sykes is ambushed by the men of the town in the middle of the street. Some time gun-for-hire Conny Miller, hired to track down Sykes, arrives in town, he goes to the saloon where the men who hired him are gathered and is angry to learn that they had dispatched Sykes themselves. Moreover, on his deathbed Sykes accused Miller of being a coward, saying he left a clue he was in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Miller never followed it up being afraid to confront Sykes, he made a vow to reach up and grab Miller if he came near his grave. Miller says that Sykes was a liar, claiming he went to Albuquerque and found no sign that Sykes had been there, denies that he is at all frightened by Sykes's threat of vengeance from beyond the grave; the men are not convinced admitting they themselves are frightened of Sykes, dare Miller to make a midnight visit to Sykes's grave.
Miller is told to stick a knife into the burial mound as proof that he had visited the grave. After being confronted by Sykes's sister Ione, Miller treks in the cold, windy darkness to the cemetery and, at midnight, kneels at the grave and plants the knife, but as he attempts to leave, he is pulled back down. The next day, Miller has still not returned; the townsmen, accompanied by Ione, visit the cemetery in search of Miller. They find Miller lying dead atop Sykes's grave, with his knife through his coat pinning him to the ground. Steinhart deduces that the wind blew Miller's coat over the grave, he stuck the knife through his coattail unknowingly, as he stood up afterward, he mistook the pinned coat's resistance for Sykes's grip and died of fright. However, Ione points out that since the wind was blowing from the south that night, it would have blown Miller's coat away from the grave, not over it, she laughs mockingly at the stupefied men. Lee Marvin as Conny Miller James Best as Johnny Rob Lee Van Cleef as Steinhart Strother Martin as Mothershed Stafford Repp as Ira Broadly Elen Willard as Ione Sykes Dick Geary as Pinto Sykes William Challee as Jason Larry Johns as Townsman Leonard Q. Ross published a similar story in 1941, called "The Path Through The Cemetery."
The tale, set in Imperial Russia, describes a timid man, named Ivan, who responds to a similar challenge from a Cossack officer in the Tsar's Army with the sword he receives from the Cossack officer for the purpose—and who meets a similar fate. Maria Leach authored a compilation of ghost stories called The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales in 1959 that included a story called "The Dare", in which a group of kids sitting in front of a fire telling ghost stories dare one of the group to go to the grave of a man, just buried earlier that day; the boy takes the dare, states he will stick a knife in the grave to prove he was there, proceeds to meet the same fate that night. DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 Ross, Leonard Q. "The Path Through the Cemetery." Saturday Review of Literature.. ISSN 0147-5932.
Leach, Maria. The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales. Cleveland, OH: The World Publishing Company. "The Grave" on IMDb "The Grave" at TV.com
Max Showalter, sometimes credited as Casey Adams, was an American film and stage actor, as well as a composer and singer. He appeared on more than 1,000 television programs. One of Showalter's most memorable roles was as Jean Peters' character's husband in the 1953 film Niagara. Showalter was born in Caldwell, the son of Elma Roxanna Showalter, a music teacher, Ira Edward Showalter, who worked in the oil industry and was a banker and farmer, he developed a desire for acting as a toddler while accompanying his mother to local theatres where she played piano for silent movies. By the late 1930s, Showalter had multiple stage roles under his belt, including acting in productions of the Pasadena Playhouse, he soon made his Broadway to debut in Knights of Song. Showalter appeared in the traveling musical This Is the Army for two years and in other notable Broadway productions like Make Mine Manhattan and The Grass Harp, his most memorable stage role was as Horace Vandergelder in the Broadway hit show, Hello Dolly!.
Showalter performed the role more than 3,000 times opposite Carol Channing, Betty Grable and Ethel Merman. In the late 1940s, Showalter was signed to 20th Century Fox as a featured contract player, his name was changed by Darryl F. Zanuck to the more "bankable" Casey Adams, he made his feature film debut in Always Leave Them Laughing. He first appeared on live television in the short-lived musical variety series The Swift Show,:1045 known as The Lanny Ross Show. Showalter's second feature film was the biopic With a Song in My Heart, where he had a small role as a vaudeville performer. In the film, along with David Wayne, sang the song "Hoe that Corn", which he wrote, he appeared in Niagara alongside Joseph Cotten. He made a cameo as a Life magazine photographer in another Monroe movie, Bus Stop, in 1956. During the 1950s, Showalter appeared in television shows like The Loretta Young Show and Navy Log, in addition to films like Vicki, Down Three Dark Streets, Naked Alibi, Indestructible Man; the following year, billed as Casey Adams, he appeared as Ward Cleaver in It's a Small World, the original pilot for the 1950s sitcom Leave It to Beaver.
The pilot was broadcast as an episode of the Studio 57 anthology series. He was replaced by Hugh Beaumont for the television series. Casey Adams appeared in one episode of The Andy Griffith Show as an antiques dealer, his name is Ralph Mason in the episode titled "The Horse Trader." In the 1960s, Showalter reclaimed his original name and continued to land roles in such big-budget films as Elmer Gantry, The Music Man, How to Murder Your Wife. He worked through the 1970s, he made six appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Carl Reynolds in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Curious Bride," murder victim Burt Stokes in "The Case of the Wandering Widow" in 1960, murderer Talbot Sparr in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Ugly Duckling." He made appearances in other television series like The Twilight Zone, The Lucy Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Bewitched, Dr. Kildare, Surfside 6, The Doris Day Show, Police Story, The Bob Newhart Show, as well as in cult films, Lord Love a Duck, The Anderson Tapes and Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the 1979 film 10, he famously played a pastor, he was a regular cast member in the short-lived 1980 TV series, The Stockard Channing Show.:1022 Showalter made his last onscreen appearance in the John Hughes film Sixteen Candles. Showalter composed the music for Little Boy Blue, which opened at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California, on September 11, 1950, he wrote the musical Go For Your Gun, which premiered in Manchester, England, in 1963. In 1956, Showalter recorded an album of his own music, Casey Adams Plays and Sings Max Showalter Songs, he was one of the artists featured on The Secret Garden, a 1988 CBS Special Products album containing performances of music from the musical of that title that "has played the repertory circuit in England." Show business columnist Hedda Hopper reported in a 1963 newspaper column that Showalter had sold 139 paintings and would have his first one-man show. In 1984, Showalter retired from acting and moved to an 18th-century farmhouse in Chester, near the area where he acted in the film, It Happened to Jane.
Showalter became involved in local musical theatre, including the Ivoryton Playhouse, went on to produce, direct and narrate the Christmas musical Touch of a Child. Showalter spent much of his free time painting oil miniatures. In the 1950s, Showalter took a hiatus from his work in Hollywood, returning to Caldwell, Kansas, to care for his 15-year-old sister, orphaned by the death of their parents in an automobile accident, their deaths followed the death of Robert, in a car wreck two years earlier. After "a couple of years" he resumed his career. On July 30, 2000, Max Showalter died of cancer in Connecticut, he was 83 years old. Max Showalter on IMDb Max Showalter at the Internet Broadway Database Max Showalter at Find a Grave