The other Leo Gordon is an accomplished
writer with dozens of solid screenplays to his credit
-- from modest westerns such as Black Patch to
big-budget adventure films like Tobruk. Fondly
recalled by a devoted phalanx of fortyish fans is a
low-budget series of shockers and teen films he scripted
in the fifties for producer/director Roger Corman. Attack
of the Giant Leeches, The Wasp Woman and Cry
Baby Killer were devised with genuine ingenuity
and retain an unspecifiable charm some 40 years later.
Tell me how you hooked up with Roger Corman.
LEO GORDON: I
sold a script to George Montgomery. Gene Corman, Roger's
brother, was representing him. The script was a western
called Black Patch. Montgomery wanted the script
and Gene Corman negotiated the deal. That's how I came
in contact with Gene. I wrote three scripts for him
and then two for Roger.