The legendary Chicago/Berwyn-based creature film host will present the sequel to Universal’s “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954), “Revenge of the Creature” (1955); this Sat., Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“Revenge of the Creature” was directed by veteran Universal director Jack Arnold, who also directed “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954). Aside from the first two “creature” films in Universal’s trilogy, Arnold also worked on “It Came from Outer Space” (1953), “Tarantula” (1955), “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and “Monster on the Campus” (1958).
This will officially mark Sven’s sixth broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Arnold’s Universal “creature” sequel back in Jan. 2013, Aug. 2013, July 2014, May 2015 and Oct. 2016. The 2018 airing of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) was originally scheduled for a late March telecast on Sven’s showcase, but was withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict between Me-TV and Universal Studios/Universal Television. Sven’s re-airing of the made-for-TV thriller “Ants!” (1977, a.k.a. “It Happened at Lakewood Manor”) aired in place of “Revenge of the Creature” on March 24, 2018.
Who was in “Revenge of the Creature” (1955)?
The players who appeared in Jack Arnold’s “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) were John Agar (as Professor Clete Ferguson, Agar also appeared in Arnold’s arachnid thriller for Universal, “Tarantula” in 1955), Lori Nelson (as Helen Dobson, Nelson was also known for her roles of Rosie Kettle in two of Universal’s “Ma and Pa Kettle” comedies, “Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair” in 1952 and “Ma and Pa Kettle at Wakiki” 1955 with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride), Nestor Paiva (as Luca, Paiva previously played the role of Luca in “Creature from the Black Lagoon” in 1954), Ricou Browning (in uncredited dual roles as the creature for underwater sequences and a lab technician, Browning previously played an uncredited role as the creature for underwater sequences in the original “Creature from the Black Lagoon”), a young Clint Eastwood (in an uncredited role as Jennings; Eastwood also appeared in two other Universal productions that same year, in an uncredited role as a jet pilot in Jack Arnold’s “Tarantula” and the role of Jonesey in the studio’s sixth “Francis the Talking Mule” feature, “Francis in the Navy” with Chill Wills and Donald O’ Connor), Grandon Rhodes (as Jackson Foster), John Bromfield (as Joe Hayes), Dave Willock (as Lou Gibson), Robert B. Williams (as George Johnson), Charles Cane (as a police captain) and Tom Hennesy (in uncredited dual roles as the creature for land sequences and a Marineland diver).
Original working titles of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955)
According to the American Film Institute’s database article on “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), the original working titles for the sequel in Universal’s “creature” film series was “Return of the Creature from the Black Lagoon” and “Return of the Creature.”
An altered “Creature” costume design for the sequel
There was one change for the costume of the “creature” for Arnold’s Universal sequel. According to IMDB’s trivia section on “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), an economical “Creature” suit was designed in order to save production costs and to provide adequate airflow to Ricou Browning for his underwater sequences.
The design of the suit was altered to allow an air hose to pump air for Browning during his underwater scenes as the “creature.” As a result of the suit design change, bubbles could be seen coming out Browning’s “creature” costume underwater.
Swimming with “live” underwater creatures
According to additional details from IMDB’s trivia section, the actors who were required to swim in the underwater scenes had to encounter real live underwater occupants in the tank at the Marineland attraction in Florida. The actors had to swim with sharks, barracudas, sea turtles and eels, just to name a few. When Ricou Browning performed one of his underwater sequences for the production of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), a sea turtle bit off part of Browning’s “creature” outfit.
“Revenge of the Creature” was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”
From “Mystery Science Theater 3000” ep. #801, “Revenge of the Creature;” featuring host Mike Nelson, the vocal stylings of Kevin Murphy (as Tom Servo) and the vocal stylings of Bill Corbett (as Crow T. Robot).
Jack Arnold’s 1955 Universal “creature” sequel was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (ep. #801, hosted by Mike Nelson), which was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as SyFy) on Feb. 1, 1997.
Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie’s showcase of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, in 2-D), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Swim with Svengoolie and his big broadcast showcase of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955 in 2-D), this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV! With Sven’s additional fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune of the evening, Kerwyn’s “mail call” and the underwater cinematography of Charles “Scotty” Welbourne, you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals and aficionados of Universal’s “Creature” trilogy! Don’t miss out!
Sat., Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV
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/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
Live-tweet and have fun with all fellow #Svengoolie SvenPals (via Twitter) everywhere during Sven’s official Sat. big broadcast showcase of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) on the airlanes of Me-TV!
Sven’s WFLD/Chicago days (as the “Son of Svengoolie”) for his July 1982 special 3-D movie broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (sponsored by 7-Eleven stores). In the early 1980s, many independent stations from coast-to-coast aired an anaglyph (red/blue) 3-D version of “Revenge of the Creature” (which was supplied to local stations by MCA/Universal).
Select 3-D segments from Sven (Son of Sven’s) 1982 WFLD 3-D broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” were preserved by Chicago-area television curator Rick Klein and his “FuzzyMemories” site! Also, take a look at this 1982 promotional tag for Sven (Son of Sven)’s 3-D airing of “Revenge of the Creature” from the end of a July 1982 WFLD news brief with then-news personality Kathy McFarland!
“Flashback” edition of “Silver Screen Reflections” on Svengoolie and “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), with extended facts on the film’s 3-D process and Sven (during his days as the “Son of Sven”)’s 1982 WFLD/Chicago 3-D broadcast of the film! Sidebar: The post was originally published prior to the March 2018 cancellation of the film.
For our fellow Berwyn/Chicago SvenPals and to fellow SvenPals who are traveling to Chicago/Berwyn: Svengoolie will be making an appearance during the Lemont Area Historical Society’s “A Night of Magic and Mystery Masquerade Ball” on Sat., Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. (local time) at the Slovenian Cultural Center/14252 Main St., Lemont, Illinois 60439! Ticket costs will include photo sessions and autographs with Sven, plus a wandering magician, psychic readings, an open bar and much more! Information on ticket pricing can be found on Sven’s official Facebook site for the event and on the official Lemont Historical Society online flyer! NOTE: Must be 21+ or older to attend!
Cameo mention of a fellow super SvenPal!
Third (and final) big week (Sept. 21, 22 and 23)! For our fellow SvenPals of the greater Berwyn/Chicago, Illinois area and fellow SvenPals who are traveling to Berwyn/Chicago, Ilinois and fellow Berwyn/Chicagoland readers of “Silver Screen Reflections:” Be sure to see fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee as Elaine and the entire PM&L cast ensemble for the third (and final) big week of the PM&L Theatre stage adaptation of Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls” in Antioch, Illinois! The PM&L rendition of “Calendar Girls” occurs on Fri. evening, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. (local time); Sat. evening, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. (local time) and the finale on Sun. afternoon, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. (local time, 877 Main St., Antioch, Illinois 60002)! Additional ticket purchasing options and information can be found on the official PM&L website! Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast are applauding and cheering for Jamie and the entire PM&L cast on their final week of performances! Shake a leg! –C.H.
And again, be sure to give whatever you can/spread the word to help one of Jamie’s friends from the PM&L players (via GoFundMe) to help offset the high costs for additional/recent medical treatments, any amount helps! -C.H.
In relation to “Revenge of the Creature” (1955):
“Revenge of the Creature” (1955) is available in Universal’s “creature” trilogy compilation set, “Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Complete Legacy Collection” on Blu-Ray (includes the 3-D Blu-Ray versions of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and “Revenge of the Creature”*) and DVD. The film is also available in Universal’s “Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection”set on Blu-Ray and DVD. “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) is also available through participating digital retailers.
*NOTE: According to film preservationist Bob Furmanek and his 3-D Film Archive site (for those that purchased the recent Universal Blu-Ray editions of “Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Complete Legacy Collection” and/or “Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection”), the restored “Revenge of the Creature” 3-D Blu-Ray has a manufacturing/encoding defect. For owners of any of the aforementioned Blu-Ray sets, Universal Studios has set up a replacement program for the “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) 3-D Blu-Ray disc. More details are available Furmanek’s 3-D Film Archive site.