2 comments on ““Svengoolie” to premiere “The Giant Claw” (1957), this Sat. on Me-TV from coast-to-coast

  1. ‪“The Giant Claw” is justifiably ridiculed for its laughable marionette monster. The first time I watched it with friends (sometime in the 90s on cable – I used to record every B Sci-Fi movie I’d missed on VHS and watch them with fellow enthusiasts) we all roared with laughter at the Giant Buzzard! However, before it’s appearence, the buildup to the creature is filled with some genuine suspence! This is in no small part due to scriptwriter Samuel Newman, who later wrote 1959’s Invisible Invaders, one of my favorite low-low budget ‘50s Sci-Fi movies. The lead actor, Jeff Morrow, who I loved in both “This Island Earth” (1955) as Exeter and “Kronos” (1957) as Dr. Leslie Gaskell, lends much-needed gravitas to the production. Co-Star Mara Corday, another favorite from “Tarantula” (1955) as Stephanie ‘Steve’ Clayton and “The Black Scorpion” (1957) as Teresa Alvarez, is not only lovely, but always adds conviction to her characters regardless of the film’s budget.

    I’m sure Svengoolie will have a field day pointing out “The Giant Claws” giant flaws (see what I did there?), but I will also be interested in hearing what details he digs up on the film’s history.

    Keep up the excellent weekly coverage of Svengoolie’s films, Chris!

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    • Greetings, Gregory! Glad you all enjoyed my recent blog article on Svengoolie’s upcoming big Me-TV broadcast premiere of Fred F. Sears & Sam Katzman’s “The Giant Claw” (1957)! Highly appreciated!

      RIght on about the “Giant Claw”/”Giant Buzzard” creature marionette in the 1957 Sears-Katzman Columbia sci-fi creature feature! Perhaps Columbia was trying to cover-up the marionette “buzzard” creature in posters/publicity/lobby card artwork to give audiences a distinct “surprise!” “The Giant Claw” might have been an entirely different feature had Columbia let Ray Harryhausen create the “Dynamation” stop-motion rendition of the creature!

      One of my first discoveries of “The Giant Claw” (1957) back on the old AMC network (when the channel was known as “American Movie Classics” sometime back in the late 1990s!

      I rediscovered the 1957 Sears-Katzman-Columbia cult sci-fi classic back in the summer of 2017, when I received a surprise Hood College college graduation gift from my parents of the Sony/Mill Creek “Sci-Fi Creature Classics” Columbia feature DVD compilation set (in addition to “The Giant Claw” and “20 Million Miles to Earth,” the compilation set also contains the 1961 Columbia dub of Ishiro Honda’s “Mothra”)!

      I do recall Mara Corday appeared in Edward Ludwig’s Warner Bros. sci-fi creature feature, “The Black Scorpion” (1957)! I do have the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” rendition of Ludwig’s 1957 creature feature entry for Warners! And I have also seen Samuel Newman’s “Invisible Invaders” (1959, with John Agar) from time-to-time as well!

      I’m positive that Sven will have many extensive fun facts about “The Giant Claw,” including some of the “flaws” that you mentioned in Katzman and Sears’ Columbia cult sci-fi creature feature!

      Looking forward to watching Svengoolie’s big c Groundhog Day broadcast premiere of “The Giant Claw” (1957) with you and all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast during the Sven live-tweeting session this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV!

      See you all for Sven’s Sat. big broadcast premiere of “The Giant Claw” (1957), Gregory and all fellow SvenPals everywhere from coast-to-coast! Stay warm! Peace, kudos and “Hi-Keeba” to you and all fellow SvenPals everywhere!

      -All the best,
      Chris Hamby
      One of many fellow loyal coast-to-coast Svengoolie/Me-TV viewers (watching since 2013)!

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