Latter official highlight trailer for “Godzilla Raids Again” (originally released in Japan in 1955, released in the United States as “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” in 1959).
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/sci-fi film host will be presenting “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, a.k.a. “Gigantis: the Fire Monster”) this Sat., Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV (as part of Sven’s Jan. festival of classic Toho Studios “Godzilla” kaiju creature features).
There will be two more “Godzilla” films in Sven’s showcase for Jan., with “Mothra vs. Godzilla” (1964, a.k.a. “Godzilla vs. The Thing”) on Jan. 20 and “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969, a.k.a. “All Monsters Attack”) on Jan. 27.
The U.S. edition of the feature was produced by Paul Schreibman. Warner Bros. Pictures released the film for the North American market in 1958, under the title of “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (according to Turner Classic Movies).
This will mark Sven’s second showcase of the 1955/59 “Godzilla” sequel on Me-TV. He had previously shown “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: The Fire Monster” during his Feb. 2017 Godzilla film salute.
Who was in “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955)/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (1959)?
The players who appeared in “Godzilla Raids Again” were Hiroshi Koizumi (as Shoichi Tsukioka), Setsuko Wakayama (as Hidemi Yamaji), Takashi Shimura (as Dr. Yamane), Minoru Chiaki (as Kobyashi), Ren Yamamoto (as the landing craft commander), Masao Shimizu (as Dr. Tadokoro), stunt actor Haruo Nakajima (in the “Godzilla/”Gojira” suit), stunt actor Katsumi Tezuka (in the “Anguirus” suit), a pre-“Star Trek” George Takei (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Ren Yamamoto’s character), character actor Keye Luke (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Hiroshi Koizumi’s character), voice-over artist Paul Frees (in an uncredited voice role) and Marvin Miller (of “The Millionaire,” in an uncredited role as the narrator).
A new “Godzilla” (“Gojira”) suit
According to IMDB’s trivia section on “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster,” a modified “Godzilla”/”Gojira” suit was constructed for veteran stunt actor Haruo Nakajima so that he could fit into the suit more easily. The new “Godzilla”/”Gojira” suit was designed for greater flexibility during certain battle sequences in Oda’s feature.
Originally released as a double-feature presentation by Warners in the United States with an independently-produced science fiction production
When Warner Bros. obtained the North American rights to “Godzilla Raids Again” for release in 1959, the studio also acquired the theatrical distribution rights to Tom Graeff’s independently-produced shoestring budget sci-fi film, “Teenagers from Outer Space.” Both “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” and “Teenagers from Outer Space” were released as a theatrical double feature showcase by Warners, according to additional details from IMDB.
Be sure to watch (or record) “Svengoolie” and the return of “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (1955/59), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Break out the popcorn this Sat. for Svengoolie, Kerwyn, Doug Graves and the return of “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (1955/59) on Me-TV (as part of his Jan. salute to classic Toho Studios “Godzilla”/”Gojira” features)!
Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the second “Godzilla”/”Gojira” installment (Godzilla’s first “fight” feature, opposite monstrous foe Anguirus) with Berwyn’s finest (highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals and fellow fans of Japanese kaiju cinema)!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Watch and live-tweet with all fellow #Svengoolie SvenPals (via Twitter) everywhere during Sven’s Sat. showcase of “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (1955/1959) on Me-TV! Join in on the fun!
Flashback Post: Re-visit the Feb. 2017 extended post on Svengoolie’s showcase of “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: The Fire Monster” (1955/1959) when Me-TV was on a different affiliate at the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections” (at the time)!
An ode to Sven from a fellow Sven aficionado! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sgt. Rob Waggoner recently wrote an ode about Sven on a Facebook-based “Svengoolie Public Group” fan/fanzine site!
Sgt. Waggoner also made a pictorial cameo appearance during Svengoolie and Kerywn’s “Mail Call” segment during Sven’s Dec. 2016 broadcast of “The Brides of Dracula” (1960) on Me-TV (the clip is available via Dave Fuentes’ YouTube channel, at the 1:25 mark)!
“Two thumbs up,” Sgt. Waggoner (congrats/kudos/peace/”Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow SvenPals everywhere)! -C.H.