This must be the week for people tied to the campy classic film “Plan 9 From Outer Space” to take their Final Taxi. First was Vampira / Maila Nurma now I hear about the minister in the movie.
Reverend Lynn Lemon, 90, was one of the Baptist investors convinced by fellow pastor J. Edward Reynolds to bankroll director Ed Wood’s most infamous work.
As the director’s minister, Lemon was also one of a group of preachers and other church-related people who bankrolled Wood’s story and screenplay for Grave Robbers from Outer Space, (which became Plan Nine) intending for its profits to fund a proposed biopic of the early 20th-century evangelist Billy Sunday. Other feature films with Christian themes were planned after that.
As Lemon noted in interviews, it didn’t quite work out that way, and the backers never recovered their investment.
The investors lost their money. Rev. Lemon appeared in the film as the minister officiating Inspector Clay’s (Tor Johnson) funeral.
Rev. Lemon was portrayed by actor G.D. Spradlin in Tim Burton’s film “Ed Wood.”
Rev. Lemon also appeared in the 1973 film “Invasion of the Bee Girls” where he also played a minister at a funeral. This role came about by accident as Rev. Wood was working for the cemetery company in which filmmaker Denis Sanders wanted to film.
Lemon preached regularly into his late 80s, and during his later years, he enjoyed his notoriety as one of the last of the Plan 9 From Outer Space cast along side Maila Nurma who died earlier this week.