Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Ed Wood Wednesdays: The Ed Wood Summit Podcast #18 by Greg Dziawer

This week, we'll learn some new things about Valda Hansen.

Despite appearing in only one of Ed Wood's movies, namely the supernatural thriller Night of the Ghouls (1959), actress Valda Hansen remains one of the most beloved stars in the entire Wood coterie. This week on The Ed Wood Summit Podcast, it's my special privilege to talk about Valda with writer Robert Monell. 

I've long been a fan of Robert's work, especially his writing on Euro exploitation films. He knew Valda before her untimely passing, and he shared stories and information heretofore unknown. Join us for a fascinating discussion!

I noted in our conversation that Valda won a beauty contest at a movie ranch and was selected Queen of Corriganville, right around the time she was working with Ed Wood. That's noted in the newspaper article featured here

From The Van Nuys News and Valley Green Sheet, August 14, 1958.

That article also mentions that Valda was working with Ed Wood on something called Trial by Error, surely a typo and referring to the ill-fated Trial by Terror.

Be sure to check out Robert Monell's great work here. And if you want more of The Ed Wood Summit Podcast, you can find all the past episodes right here