The 1958 classic Universal horror masterpiece was produced and directed by veteran Universal Studios producer-director Will Cowan. Cowan was known for producing numerous Universal short subject productions for theatrical release throughout his film production career, including Universal’s classic mammoth 3-D musical short subject masterpiece with legendary crooner Nat “King” Cole and orchestral composer Russ Morgan, “Nat ‘King’ Cole and Russ Morgan and His Orchestra” (1953); Cowan’s 1953 production with Cole and Morgan was the studio’s first live-action 3-D theatrical short subject production. The same year that he worked on “The Thing That Couldn’t Die,” Cowan also directed the classic mammoth Universal music revue masterpiece of “The Big Beat” (1958) with legends Fats Domino, Rose Marie, The Mills Brothers, The Diamonds, Cal Tjader, The Del-Vikings, young Vince Guaraldi (Guaraldi composed the music for Charles M. Schultz’s classic Charlie Brown/Peanuts animated television masterpiece specials, the veteran jazz pianist/composer composed the music for the Peanuts specials from 1965 until his death in 1976) and Hans Conreid.
The screenplay for “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” (1958) was written by veteran author-screenwriter David Duncan. Duncan’s screen treatment was based off of his original story creation, “The Water Witch.” Duncan previously wrote the screenplay for the classic mammoth Edward Ludwig–Willis H. O’Brien–Warner Bros. stop-motion sci-fi creature masterpiece production of “The Black Scorpion” (1957). The veteran author/screenwriter also worked on the screenplays for Jack Arnold’s classic mammoth Universal monster sci-fi masterpiece production of “Monster on the Campus” (1958), Edward Dein’s classic mammoth Universal sci-fi production of “The Leech Woman” (1960, adapted from Ben Pivar’s original story idea) and George Pal’s classic mammoth Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) sci-fi masterpiece adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” (1960).
This will mark Svengoolie’s third big broadcast of the classic 1958 Universal horror masterpiece on Me-TV. He previously showcased “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” (1958) back in Sept. 2014 and August 2015.
Who was in “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” (1958)?
The players who appeared in Will Cowan’s classic mammoth Universal horror production of “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” (1958) were Robin Hughes (as Gideon Drew), Andra Martin (as Linda Madison), William Reynolds (as Gordon Hawthorne), Jeffrey Stone (as Hank Huston), Carolyn Kearney (as Jessica Burns), Peggy Converse (as Flavia McIntyre), James Anderson (as Boyd Abercrombie), Charles Horvath (as Mike), Phil Harvey (in an uncredited role as Trooper Kennedy) and Forrest Lewis (as Julian Ash).