Svengoolie Presents: “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, as part of Sven’s salute to Godzilla)
As part of Sven’s month-long salute to “Godzilla,” the legendary Chicago-based horror film host will be presenting the sequel to “Godzilla” (”Godzilla, King of the Monsters”), “Godzilla Raids Again” (originally filmed in 1955, released in the United States in 1959) on Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
Later this month, he will be showing two more vintage Godzilla features from Japan’s Toho Studios, including “Godzilla vs. Mothra” on Feb. 18 (released in 1964) and “Godzilla’s Revenge” on Feb. 25 (released in 1969 as “All Monsters Attack” in Japan).
Directed by Motoyoshi Oda and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka (the North American dub was produced by Paul Schreibman), the film featured Hiroshi Koizumi as Tsukioka, Setsuko Wakayama (as Hedemi), Takashi Shimura (as Dr. Yamane) and Minoru Chiaki (as Kobyashi).
Several notable cameo voice appearances (for the North American dub of “Godzilla Raids Again”)
In the North American release of “Godzilla Raids Again,” there were several notable actors who dubbed over the Japanese dialogue in the film that were not credited in the release (according to Glenn Erickson’s DVD Savant review). These actors included a young George Takei, veteran film and television character actor Keye Luke, and Paul Frees.
Godzilla vs. Anguirus
The sequel in Toho’s “Godzilla” film franchise marked the first time that the studio’s star kaiju creature had to fight another monster, the three-brained creature Anguirus.
49 years after “Godzilla Raids Again” was released by Toho Studios, Angurius would appear in “Godzilla: Final Wars” (2004), which was made in honor of Godzilla’s 50th anniversary.
The sequel to “Godzilla”/”Godzilla, King of the Monsters” omitted Godzilla’s name in the North American release
Warner Bros. Pictures obtained the North American distribution rights to “Godzilla Raids Again” from Toho Studios, four years after the sequel was released in Japan.
According to Turner Classic Movies’ trivia on the sequel, Warners could not use the “Godzilla” name, since Joseph E. Levine (of Embassy Pictures, who released “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” in 1956 under the Transworld moniker) owned the North American rights to the first Godzilla feature. The studio opted to use the name “Gigantis, the Fire Monster” instead.
Why you should watch Svengoolie’s premiere of “Godzilla Raids Again”
If you enjoyed Svengoolie’s presentation of “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” last week, then you will enjoy his upcoming premiere of “Godzilla Raids Again” this week. You will not be disappointed!
Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network
In the Frederick, Maryland metropolitan area: WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204
In Baltimore: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s special 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV subchannel)
“Godzilla Raids Again” (the North American release version) is available to watch for free on Shout! Factory’s ad-supported online platform, “Shout! Factory TV” (under license from Toho Co., Ltd.)