The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi/creature feature film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast encore of “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957), this Sat., Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The Ymir creature sequences were crafted by veteran stop-motion “Dynamation-Dynarama” visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen. “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957) was produced by longtime Harryhausen feature producer Charles H. Schneer. This was Harryhausen’s last black-and-white feature production before exclusively working on color “Dynamation/Dynarama” fantasy productions, according to IMDB.
This will mark Sven’s second coast-to-coast big broadcast presentation of “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957) on Me-TV. He previously premiered the 1957 Columbia/Harryhausen sci-fi classic from coast-to-coast in May 2018.
Who was in the Juran-Harryhausen Columbia sci-fi creature advenuture?
The players who appeared in “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957) were William Hopper (as Col. Robert Calder; Hopper went on to greater fame in the role of Paul Drake in the 1957-66 CBS TV adaptation of Erle Stanley Gardner’s “Perry Mason” with Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale; Hopper also appeared in “The Deadly Mantis”), Joan Taylor (as Marisa Leonardo; Taylor appeared in a previous Harryhausen/Columbia sci-fi feature, “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” in 1956), John Zaremba (as Dr. Judson Uhl), Tom Browne Henry (as Maj. Gen. A.D. McIntosh), Frank Puglia (as Dr. Leonardo), young Bart Braverman (as Pepe, credited under the name of Bart Bradley feature; Braverman later appeared in Aaron Spelling’s “Vega$” with Robert Urich from 1978-81), Jan Arvan (as government official Signore Contino), Tito Vuolo (as Commissario Unte), Arthur Space (as Dr. Sharman), an uncredited cameo appearance by Ray Harryhausen (as a spectator feeding an elephant) and William Woodson (in an uncredited role for his introductory narration).