Buchanan, Larry

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Buchanan, Larry Gender: M
Marcus Larry Seale Jr.
born on 31 January 1923 at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place Mexia, Texas, 31n41, 96w29
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 11°11' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 03°16 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 01°09'


American film director, producer and writer, who proclaimed himself a "schlockmeister". Many of his titles have landed on "worst movie" lists or in the public domain, but all at least broke even and many made a profit. He is perhaps most famous for the films In the Year 2889 (1967), The Eye Creatures (1965), Mars Needs Women (1967), and It's Alive! (1969).

After he died on December 2, 2004 in Tucson, Arizona, a long obituary in the New York Times summarized his work thus: "One quality united Mr. Buchanan's diverse output: It was not so much that his films were bad; they were deeply, dazzlingly, unrepentantly bad. His work called to mind a famous line from H. L. Mencken, who, describing President Warren G. Harding's prose, said, 'It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.'"

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes date and place from Larry Buchanan, "It Came from Hunger!: Tales of a Cinema Schlockmeister" (McFarland, 1996), p. 7: "But before the Dust Bowl swallowed up this little hamlet [of Lost Prairie, now Mexia, Texas], a minor event took place at the farm of Marcus Larry Seale, part-time peace officer, and Maude Dove Seale. It was January 31, 1923. I was born, the last of six children." Further, on p. 89: "John [Agar] . . . was not only an Aquarius, he was born on the same year, day, and hour as yours truly." Lois Rodden quotes Agar's birth certificate from Tom and Thelma Wilson for a birth time of 7:15pm (31 January 1921), so I have used 7:30pm - the middle of the hour - for Buchanan's time of birth.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script