Saturday, February 1, 2020

RIP Allan Pattillo

Director, writer, film editor Alan Pattillo died January 16, 2020 in
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He was 90. Born Allan Hutchison Pattillo on July 26, 1919 in Aberdeen, Scotland,  he had been living with Parkinson’s for over a decade having retired from the industry in the late 1990s. He directed the opening episode of Thunderbirds – Trapped in the Sky – setting the template for International Rescue’s adventures but had made his mark much earlier – directing seven episodes of Four Feather Falls (featuring the late Nicholas Parsons) during which time he brought a new directorial style to the puppet series which would become a key element of the Supermarionation formula. Pattillo was also the film editor and supervising editor on 1973’s Euro-western “The Man Called Noon” starring Richard Crenna, Stephen Boyd and Rosanna Schiaffino.

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