Updated: December 15, 2021
GIANT'S PHOTO GALLERY #14
The Spindrift, a sub-oribital spaceship on a flight from Los Angeles to London, became lost
when it passed through a strange cloud in the ships orbit around Earth. It landed on an
alternate Earth-type planet, where the inhabitants were roughly twelve times the size of the
Spindrifts passengers. Our heroes include the ships captain (Steve Burton), co-pilot (Dan)
and stewardess (Betty); an arrogant engineer (Mark); a sexy jet-setter (Valerie); a young boy
(Barry) and his dog Chipper; and a mysterious rogue known as Commander Fitzhugh. Together they
battle the planet's totalitarian government, try to avoid capture, and attempt to repair the
Spindrift so they can get back home.
Throughout the series, the Little People and the Giants would not have it so easy to communicate
it to each other. The Little Peoples vocal cords, in relation to the amount of oxygen in their
lungs, would not produce sound waves long enough for the giants to hear - even if they yelled. By
the same token, the giants, with much larger vocal cords coupled with large volumes of oxygen from
their lungs, would produce sound waves deafening to the Little People - even at a whisper.
Starting in March 2008, the American Life TV Network has aired second season prints that use the
first seasons theme music in the main title sequence while retaining the second season titles visuals.
At a cost of over $250,000 per episode, "Land of the Giants" was the most expensive show of its time.
(As well as the highest rated)
when it premiered in October of 1968). That money was well spent on impressive visual effects, camera
tricks, and enormous realistic props that had the audience believing they were watching 7 space
travellers accidentally stranded on a world where everything was twelve times the size of the
equivalent things on earth. This show remains visually quite impressive and is well remembered by those
of us old enough to have seen it during its first run. Gary Conway and Don Marshall lead the cast as
the pilot and co-pilot of the ill-fated 'Spindrift' spacecraft and
and Kevin Hagen is extremely effective in several episodes as the government agent of the giant world
with the assigned task of hunting the earthmen down.