Friday, February 19, 2010


A few weeks ago I was about to start looking for information on William Dial's thriller TIME OF THE EAGLE (a.k.a. THE DEVIL'S CLONE) for a possible "Endangered List" entry when I realized that the only existing copy of the movie had been put on YouTube, in its entirety, by producer Larry J. Gardner! You can find a link to the movie HERE, from Mr. Gardner's website. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I've included a few articles about its production below.


Stuart Culpepper
Grace Zabriskie
Jim Peck
Jerry Colbert
Donna Percival
Mike Silver
Ron Campbell
David Hayman

Written and directed
William Allen Dial

Produced by
Larry J. Gardner
Stephen P. von Hagel

Executive Producer
Conley Jones

Director of Photography
Jere Snyder

Released by Omni Pictures in 1979 as THE DEVIL'S CLONE
Running time: 90 minutes
MPAA rating: R

‘Eagle’ Post-Production Work Nearing Completion

RALEIGH – Final editing of “Time of the Eagle,” an Audiofonics production, has been finished and the score is scheduled to be completed tomorrow (31) in Atlanta by Stephen P. von Hagel of Audiofonics and Pete Caldwell at Doppler Studios. Jim Ellis and Steve Hulse have composed the music.

The film was written and directed by Atlanta talent William Allen Dial and financed by Easy Productions of Greensboro, headed by Conley Jones, executive producer. Featured in the film are Atlanta stars Stuart Culpepper, Grace Zabriskie, Jim Peck and model Donna Percival. Audiofonics has headquarters at 1101 Downtown Blvd. here in Raleigh.

The story of “Time of the Eagle” begins with the present-day life of William Christopher, a man damaged by years of captivity under the Nazis as a young American G.I. and plagued by his distorted remembrances of those times. Christopher is kidnapped and taken to Argentina, where the Nazi organization has grown to monstrous international proportions. Christopher somehow is the key element in their quest to establish the Fourth Reich and gain global power.

Hans Zalman, a West German Interpol agent portrayed by North Carolina-born actor Jerry Colbert, has been monitoring the activities of the Neo-Nazis and pursuing Nazi war criminal Ernest von Stott. Zalman, blinded with a vendetta for the death of his father and a German that he loved, attempts to rescue Christopher and halt the progress of the Nazis.

Although several international distributors have shown interest in “Time of the Eagle,” no distribution rights have been awarded, pending completion of post-production work.

[Boxoffice, May 30, 1977, p.SE1, SE3]

Raleigh Producers Film Action-Packed Adventure

RALEIGH, N.C. – A mad Nazi scientist makes the local Research Triangle Park’s futuristic Burroughs-Wellcome building his headquarters, ten torches and 300 candles light an occult ceremony at Pullen Park and a kidnap victim is whisked to a waiting jet at Raleigh-Dunham Airport that spirits him away to South America.


Not in the minds of two local filmmakers who have just finished editing a locally produced film that spins just such a tale.

The film, “Time of the Eagle,” was produced by Stephen P. von Hagel and Larry J. Gardner of Audiofonics, a commercial film and sound studio.

But, as von Hagel puts it, “Raleigh produced this film. It was really made here in North Carolina.”

Von Hagel, 25, is the production manager at Audiofonics, which Gardner now owns. Until the cinematic adventure into the world of Nazi refugees, Gardner and von Hagel’s experiences at Audiofonics was limited to industrial films and commercials.

Audiofonics made the leap into feature films when the company contracted last summer with Easy Productions of Greensboro to make “Eagle.”

“Time of the Eagle” is a full-length feature film, lasting slightly over 100 minutes. While filmed here, it is set in present-day South America and the plot deals with the plight of an American captured by the Germans during World War II.

[Boxoffice, September 12, 1977, p.SE-8]

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