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Ib Melchior dies at 97; sci-fi filmmaker reset classic tales in space
Ib Melchior dies at 97; sci-fi filmmaker reset classic tales in space

Writer and director Ib Melchior, known for his work on 1950s and '60s science fiction films such as "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and "The Angry Red Planet," died March 14 at his home in West Hollywood. He was 97. Melchior had been in declining health and died of natural causes, said his manager, Judy Coppage. He was the son of famed Danish opera tenor Lauritz Melchior but had no ambition to follow in the footsteps of his father. "If I had become a singer, they'd say I was not as good as my father, or that I'd gotten where I was because of my father," he said in a 1972 UPI interview. As a filmmaker, Melchior's aim was to take classic...

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