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John Llewellyn Moxey, RIP


University Place, WA — Prolific director John Llewellyn Moxey, died April 29 at a hospice here of lung cancer. He was 94. MSTies will remember his work directing the movie/TV pilot in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.

Born in 1925 in Argentina, and after serving in World War II, he managed to get a job in Hollywood, starting in the editing room, then moving to assistant director. He later moved to television, where directed episodes of TV series such as “The Saint,” “Mission:Impossible” and “Kung Fu,” as well as the beloved “Night Stalker” movie/pilot. He retired in 1991.

Variety has an obit.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

8 Replies to “John Llewellyn Moxey, RIP”

  1. Yeti of Great Danger
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    RIP, and condolences to his family and friends. Ninety-four is a good long life. Wow, the “Night Stalker” pilot — who else remembers when that first aired? IIRC, it was all anybody was talking about the next day at school and at work. I watched it again not long ago and it wasn’t as good as I remembered, but for 1972 it was amazing.

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  2. TorgosPizzaNJ
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    He directed “Horror Hotel” (aka “City of the Dead”), which Rifftrax riffed (public domain). In one of the 3 dvd editions I own, Moxey gives a pretty interesting audio commentary for the movie. RIP

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  3. DarkGrandmaofDeath
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    That seems like the American dream: an Argentinian-born World War II veteran who gets a job in the editing room and ends up as a director of episodes from well-known TV series. It sounds as if he made a very good life indeed. Apparently he was also active online well into his 90s, which is just cool.

    Yeti, I remember watching the Night Stalker pilot when it aired, and you’re right, we all talked about it at school the next day. My dad and I watched the series together, and I recall enjoying it a lot, though I’m not surprised to hear it hasn’t aged well.

    Mr. Moxey, I thank you for giving me such great memories. May your nose wheel never feel mushy.

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  4. littleaimishboy
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    Yeti of Great Danger:
    .Wow, the “Night Stalker” pilot — I watched it again not long ago and it wasn’t as good as I remembered, but for 1972 it was amazing.

    “Welcome to Hollywood, sailor.”

    TorgosPizzaNJ:
    He directed “Horror Hotel” (aka “City of the Dead”),

    Excellent movie; obviously (to people who study movies) made “on a budget” but effective, and beautifully shot. The question of whether the plot twist 1/3 of the way through HORROR HOTEL influenced the similar one in PSYCHO remains open.

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  5. Sitting Duck
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    Also ten episodes of Mannix. Da-da da-da!

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  6. Troy Thomas
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    Actually, the Night Stalker movie holds up extremely well, as does its sequel and the series. Thank you for it, Mr. Moxey, and for giving MST one of its best episodes.

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  7. Chazzzbot
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    The Night Stalker was a huge influence on my tastes. I loved everything about it. It was pretty freakin’ scary watching it by yourself 11:30 on a Friday night! And that theme music!

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  8. DiscoJer
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    While he was born in Argentina, he was clearly British. The Night Stalker wasn’t a pilot. It was a made for TV movie that was so successful they turned it into a show.

    And he directed a surprisingly large number of TV episodes that I remember.

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