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Day of the Triffids


1962       Howard Keel

Teaser Storyline for The Day of the Triffids

Meteorites strike most of the world blind. An exception is Bill Masen, an American seaman recovering from an eye operation in London, who rips off his bandages and leaves the deserted hospital to find a city of gropers.

In a Cornish lighthouse are two other exceptions- Tom Goodwin, marine biologist, and his young wife, Karen. They hear of the disaster by radio and also learn that outer space has showered earth with the seeds of trill ids, fast-growing giant man-killing plants that walk. Masen rescues a fourth exception, Susan, a schoolgirl, first from a blind brute, then from a trill id.

He commandeers a launch, they cross the channel and join Christine Durrant, Professor Coker, and his sister, who have also escaped blindness. Christine has turned her chateau into a hospital for victims. A triffid kills Coker and the chateau is taken over by escaped prisoners who can see.

They force the blind women to join them in an orgy. An army

of triffidsobreaks in, slaughtering, but Masen rescues Christine and Susan and they head for the Spanish naval base at Alicante while, at the lighthouse, Goodwin fights off a triffid with a 'harpoon and apparently kills it. He performs an "autopsy" to learn its nature, and begins to experiment for a triffid poison.

Every test proves negative. Masen and his charges stop at the Spanish farmhouse of blinded Luis de Ia Vega and his lovely wife, Teresa. Christine delivers the woman's baby as Masen, using a gasoline-truck 'hose as a flame thrower, fights of I another trill id host. Discovering it is sound that attracts the monsters, he drives of f in a circus van with the music playing, leading a grisly parade of the killers, and permitting Christine, Susan, and the Spaniards to escape in another car.

In the lighthouse, as the Goodwins sleep, their "dead" trif lid comes back to life and begins to climb the steps in search of them. Wakened by Karen's scream, Tom turns the fire hose on the invader-and sees it dissolve before his eyes. He has found the answer that will save what is left of civilization-common sea water. Meanwhile, Masen and the others have reached Alicante and are picked up by a submarine to be taken to a rescue base.




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CAST of The Day of the Triffids

Bill Masen .......................... HOWARD KEEL
Christine Durrant .......................... NICOLE MAUREY
Karen Goodwin .......................... JANETTE SCOTT
Tom Goodwin .......................... KJERON MOORE
Professor Coker .......................... MERVYN JOHNS
Susan .......................... JANINA FAYE
Miss Coker .......................... ALISON LEGGATT
Doctor Soames .......................... EWAN ROBERTS
Nurse Jamieson .......................... COLETTE WILDE
Bettina .......................... CAROLE ANN FORD
Luis .......................... GEOFFREY MATTHEWS
Teresa .......................... GILGI HAUSER
Mary .......................... KATYA DOUGLAS
Poiret .......................... VICTOR BROOKS
Burly Man .......................... T~OMAS GALLAGHER
Ticket Agent .......................... SIDNEY VIVIAN
Pilot .......................... GARY HOPE
Blind Man .......................... JOHN SIMPSON


Credits for The Day of the Triffids

A Security Pictures. Ltd. Production
Executive Producer ..................... Philip Yordan
Produced by .......................... George Pitcher
Directed by .......................... Steve Sekely
Screenplay by .......................... Philip Yordan
From the Novel ................. "The Day of the Triffids"
by .......................... John Wyndham
Director of Photography ...................... Ted Moore
Special Effects Photography ................... Wally Veevers
Art Direction .......................... Cedric Dawe
Production Manager .......................... George Fowler
Location Director .......................... Bill Lewfhwaite
Camera Operator ........................ John Winbolt
Supervising Editor .......................... Spencer Reeve
Music Composed and Conducted by .................... Ron Goodwin
Additional Music Composed and Directed by ........ Johnny Douglas
Continuity .......................... Pamela Davies
Assistant Director ..................... Douglas Hermes
Sound Editor .......................... Matt McCarthy
Sound Recordists .................... Bert Ross, Maurice Askew
Make-up .......................... Paul Rabiger
Hairdresser .......................... Eileen Warwick
Wardrobe .......................... Bridget Sellers
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