Tony Cardoza in The Skydivers

"Well, for a cheap movie, and considering how we did it, I think it stands up. It's played on Mystery Science Theater and people pirate it, so SOMEbody's got to like it! I think it holds up pretty good. We worked hard on it. Mostly my money! I did all the raising of money and all the paying. I paid and paid and paid [laughs], using my welding salary. It was a learning process, and it became a cult classic. I think it was a little bit better quality-wise than Ed Wood's movies! [Laughs] But I don't knock Ed Wood and I don't knock Coleman. When I started, I didn't know beans about movies. So I have to praise them. If Ed Wood had the money and backing behind him, he would have been a top-notch producer-director."
  — Tony Cardoza, B-Monster interview talking about The Beast of Yucca Flats

Anthony "Tony" Cardoza (1930-2015) was an American actor and film producer. He has worked on over a dozen films, but is perhaps best known for his three collaborations with Coleman Francis in the 1960s: The Beast of Yucca Flats, The Skydivers, and Night Train To Mundo Fine (aka Red Zone Cuba).

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