Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be jumping for joy for his big broadcast of a classic Warner Bros. stop-motion creature fantasy masterpiece.
“Svengoolie” to present his big broadcast of “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953)
Original 1953 Warner Bros. theatrical release trailer for “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (w/ brief cameo trailer commentary appearances of young Merv Griffin, Vera Miles and Paul Picerni (according to IMDB).
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi/creature feature film film host will present his big broadcast of “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953), this Sat.; Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” was directed by veteran production designer-turned-director Eugène “Gene” Lourié, who also worked on the Allied Artists (formerly known as Monogram Pictures) sci-fi thriller production of “The Giant Behemoth” (1959). Veteran stop-motion effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen worked on the stop-motion visual effects for his “Rhedosaurus” beast creature featured in “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.” According to the American Film Institute, the 1953 classic Warner Bros.sci-fi creature/fantasy masterpiece was one of Harryhausen’s earliest feature film credits for a sci-fi creature film produced by a major studio. Veteran entertainment promoter-turned-film producer Jack Dietz produced the 1953 Harryhausen-Lourié-Warners production of “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.” Four years after “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,” Dietz produced the classic Edward Ludwig–Wah Chang–Willis H. O’Brien-Warner Bros. sci-fi creature masterpiece with Richard Denning and Mara Corday, “The Black Scorpion” (1957, which was later riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in 1990). Veteran producers Bernard W. Burton and Hal E. Chester served as co-producers for “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.”
The screenplay for the 1953 Harryhausen- Lourié-Warners production was written by Fred Freiberger and Lou Morheim. Freiberger and Morheim’s screenplay was inspired by veteran sci-fi author and longtime friend of Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi fantasy story for the Saturday Evening Post, titled “The Monster From Beneath the Sea.”
This will mark Sven’s third big coast-to-coast broadcast of the 1954 Harryhausen- Lourié-Warners stop-motion fantasy sci-fi creature masterpiece on Me-TV. He previously showcased “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953) as a coast-to-coast big broadcast premiere back in June 2019 and as a coast-to-coast big broadcast in Dec. 2019.
Who was in the Ray Harryhausen-Eugène “Gene” Lourié-Warner Bros. production of “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953)?
The players who appeared in the Ray Harryhausen-Eugène “Gene” Lourié-Warner Bros. production of “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953) were Paula Raymond (as Lee Hunter), Paul Christian (as Prof. Tom Nesbitt, Christian’s name was used as a pseudonym for his birth name of Paul Hubschmid), young Merv Griffin (in an uncredited role as a radio announcer), young Lee Van Cleef (as Cpl. Stone), Cecil Kellaway (as Prof. Thurgood Elson), William Woodson (in uncredited dual roles as the opening narrator and additional radio announcer), Kenneth Tobey (as Col. Jack Evans), Alvin Greenman (as the first radar man), Steve Brodie (as Sgt. Loomis), Paula “Mary” Hill (as Miss Ryan), Michael Fox (as an emergency doctor), Donald Woods (as Capt. Phil Jackson), Frank Ferguson (as Dr. Morton), Ray Hyke (as Sgt. Willistead), Jack Pennick (as Jacob Bowman), King Donovan (as Dr. Ingersoll) and Ross Elliott (as George Ritchie).