Original 1957 Universal Studios theatrical trailer for “The Incredible Shrinking Man.”
“The Incredible Shrinking Man” was directed by veteran Universal Studios film director Jack Arnold, who was also known for his work on “It Came from Outer Space” (1953), “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) and “Tarantula” (1955). The screenplay was adapted from Richard Matheson’s 1956 science fiction novel, “The Shrinking Man” (according to IMDB, Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Arnold’s film).
Who was in “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)?
The players who appeared in Arnold’s 1957 film were Grant Williams (as Scott Carey), Randy Stuart (Louise Carey), April Kent (as Clarice), Paul Langton (as Charlie Carey), Raymond Bailey (as Dr. Thomas Silver), William Schallert (as Dr. Arthur Bramson), Billy Curtis (as a little person), Frank J. Scannell (as a Barker), Diana Darrin (as a Nurse), Helene Marshall (as a Nurse) and Orangey the cat (in an uncredited role as Butch the cat).
Six years after the release of “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” William Schallert would go on to greater fame for his role of Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (where Patty Duke played the dual roles of Cathy Lane and Patty Lane, the show ran from1963-66).
Orangey the feline was also known for his earlier title role in Arthur Lubin’s 1951 comedy for Paramount Pictures, “Rhubarb” (which featured Ray Milland, Jan Sterling and Gene Lockhart). Two years before “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” the cat made an uncredited cameo appearance as “Neutron–Cat” in Universal’s “This Island Earth” (1955, directed by Joseph M. Newman).
Another “top secret” Universal production
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” studio special effects technicians spent eight months working on the special visual effects for Arnold’s film. Extended filming and special effects sequences were conducted for the production. All cast and crew members had to carry a special pass in order to have access to the set of “The Incredible Shrinking Man.”
A cameo appearance from a familiar arachnid that was featured in another Universal-Arnold production
“Tamara,” who appeared in an uncredited role as the arachnid in “The Incredible Shrinking Man” was featured in another Jack Arnold-Universal production that was made two years earlier, in the title role of “Tarantula” (1955, according to additional details from AFI’s database entry).
The original “teaser” trailer for “The Incredible Shrinking Man” was narrated by a notable personality of stage, screen and radio
Original Universal Studios “teaser” trailer for “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957).
Actor Orson Welles narrated the dialogue for the original Universal “teaser” trailer of “The Incredible Shrinking Man.” According to IMDB’s trivia section on the film, Welles was working on another noteworthy Universal feature that was in production, “Touch of Evil” (released in 1958).
Be sure to watch Svengoolie and “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With an ensemble cast, brilliant special effects and the magic of Svengoolie, Doug Graves and Kerwyn; you will not want to miss out on Sven’s big broadcast of “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) on Me-TV! A perfect film with popcorn or Thanksgiving leftovers (highly recommended for all fellow fans of vintage Universal horror and sci-fi features)!
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Fellow SvenPals and MSTies! Read all about Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s recent “The Mads Are Back!” live movie riffing appearance (from Nov. 18) at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick (woo-hoo and “Hi-Keeba”)!
In relation to “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957):
“The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) is also available on DVD and digital download/on demand (through select providers/retailers) from Universal Studios. The film is also featured in Universal’s multi-film DVD set, “The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection.”
Happy (early) Thanksgiving/Turkey day greetings to all fellow SvenPals and MSTies from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” -C.H.