Original 1956 Universal Studios theatrical trailer for “The Creature Walks Among Us.” According to the trailer, this was paired as a double-feature presentation with Universal’s film noir crime drama, “The Price of Fear.”
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based creature/monster film host will present the finale in Universal’s “creature” trilogy, “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956); this Sat., Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956) was directed by John Sherwood, who also directed another Universal monster thriller, “The Monolith Monsters” (1957). One year before working on “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956), Sherwood directed the Universal romantic western; “Raw Edge” (1955, with Rory Calhoun and Yvonne De Carlo, later of TV’s “The Munsters” fame). For most of his career, Sherwood worked as an assistant/second unit director on many features. Sherwood died in 1959, shortly after serving an uncredited position as a second unit director for the Universal comedy “Pillow Talk” (1959, directed by Michael Gordon; with Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall; according to IMDB).
This will mark Sven’s fifth broadcast of “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the Universal “creature” trilogy finale back in Aug. 2012*, April 2013, July 2014 and July 2015.
Who was in “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956)?
The players who appeared in the third and final feature in Universal’s “creature” trilogy were Jeff Morrow (as Dr. William Barton), Leigh Snowden (as Marcia Barton), Rex Reason (as Dr. Thomas Morgan), Ricou Browning (in an uncredited role as the creature for underwater sequences), Don Megowan (in an uncredited role as the creature for land sequences), Gregg Palmer (as Jed Grant), Maurice Manson (as Dr. Borg), James Rawley (as Dr. Johnson), David McMahon (as Captain Stanley)**, Paul Fierro (as Morteno), Lillian Molieri (as Mrs. Morteno), Larry Hudson (as a state trooper) Frank Chase (as a steward) and George Sowards (in an uncredited role as a ranchhand).
Ricou Browning previously played the “creature” for underwater sequences in the original “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) and “Revenge of the Creature” (1956, Jack Arnold directed the first two features in Universal’s “creature” trilogy).
One year before “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956), Jeff Morrow previously appeared in the role of Exeter in Joseph Newman’s Universal sci-fi feature, “This Island Earth” (1955). Rex Reason also appeared in the aforementioned Universal sci-fi production, in the role of Dr. Cal Meacham.
Before appearing in “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956), Leigh Snowden appeared in the role of Nurse Appleby in the sixth film for Universal’s “Francis the Talking Mule” series, “Francis in the Navy” (1955, directed by Arthur Lubin, with Donald O’Connor, Martha HyerJim Backus, David Janssen, Martin Milner, a young Clint Eastwood and Chill Wills as the voice of Francis).
The only non-3-D entry in Universal’s “creature” trilogy
According to the American Film Institute’s database article on “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956), the third and final installment in the studio’s “creature” trilogy was not filmed in the polarized 3-D process. The previous Universal “creature” films, “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) and “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, both aforementioned films were directed by Jack Arnold) were originally filmed in the polarized 3-D process (according to Bob Furmanek’s 3-D Film Archive articles on “Creature From the Black Lagoon” and “Revenge of the Creature”).
Released as a double-feature presentation with a Universal film noir crime drama
The finale in the studio’s “creature” trilogy was released as a double-feature presentation with Abner Biberman’s Universal film noir crime drama, “The Price of Fear” (1956, with Merle Oberon, Lex Barker, Charles Drake, Warren Stevens, Phillip Pine, Mary Field and Frank Wilcox), according to the aforementioned original double-feature theatrical release trailer for “The Creature Walks Among Us”/”The Price of Fear” (via YouTube).
Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie and “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Unwind with Svengoolie and his upcoming big broadcast of “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956), this Sat. in the airlanes of Me-TV! With Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ musical parody and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment, you will not want to miss out on the fun and thrills! Highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals and Universal Studios creature/monster aficionados from coast-to-coast!
Sat., Sept. 29 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 (via Twitter) and have fun with all fellow coast-to-coast #Svengoolie SvenPals (during Sven’s Sat. big broadcast showcase presentation of “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956) on the Me-TV airlanes!
Sven’s Berwyn/Chicago “Flashbacks!”
Sven (in his WFLD/Chicago days as the “Son of Svengoolie”) and his WFLD promos for the “Son of Sven” telecasts of “The Creature Walks Among Us” from 1980, 1982 and 1983; via Rick Klein’s “Fuzzy Memories: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television!”
Be sure to help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends! Be sure to spread the word/contribute whatever you can to help out the friend of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee (through the official GoFundMe site) to help offset extra costs of additional medical treatments, Again, give generously to help out one of Jamie’s PM&L friends! –C.H.
In relation to “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956):
“The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956) is available in Universal’s “creature” film trilogy compilation set, “Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Complete Legacy Collection” on Blu-Ray and DVD. The film is also available in Universal’s “Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection” anthology box set on Blu-Ray and DVD.