Both Katzman and Sears were known for their Columbia productions throughout the 1950s, including “The Werewolf” (1956); with Steven Ritch, Joyce Holden and Don Megowan, “Rock Around the Clock” (1956); with The Platters, Bill Haley’s Comets and disc jockey Alan Freed, the Ray Harryhausen–Dynamation production of “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956); with Joan Taylor and Hugh Marlowe, “Don’t Knock the Rock” (1956); with Little Richard, Alan Freed and Bill Haley’s Comets, “Calypso Heat Wave” (1957); with Maya Angelou, Joel Grey and Johnny Desmond and “The Night the World Exploded” (1957); with Kathryn Grant and William Leslie.
“The Giant Claw” was originally released as a double-feature presentation in most theatrical venues with the additional 1957 Columbia sci-fi production from Katzman and Sears, “The Night the World Exploded;” according to the original 1957 Columbia Pictures exhibitors’ trade ad that was featured in BoxOffice Magazine.
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Giant Claw” (1957) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1957 Sears-Katzman-Columbia sci-fi creature as a big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere back in Feb. 2019.
Who was in the 1957 Sears-Katzman-Columbia sci-fi creature feature classic?
The players who appeared in “The Giant Claw” (1957) were Jeff Morrow (as Mitch MacAfee; Morrow also appeared in two Universal Studios sci-fi/monster/creature productions, including 1955’s “This Island Earth” and 1957’s “The Creature Walks Among Us”), Mara Corday (as Sally Caldwell; Corday previously appeared in the 1955 Universal production of “Tarantula” and in the 1957 Warner Bros. production of “The Black Scorpion”), Morris Ankrum (as Lt. Gen. Edward Considine, Ankrum also appeared in the 1957 Harryhausen-Katzman-Sears-Columbia production of “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers”), Robert Shayne (as Gen. Van Buskirk), Clark Howat (as Maj. Bergen), Louis Merrill (as Pierre Broussard), Edgar Barrier (as Dr. Karol Noymann), Frank Griffin (as Pete, the actor was credited under the pseudonym name of Ruell Shayne in the film)*, Morgan Jones (as a lieutenant) George Cisar (in an uncredited role as an airplane passenger, Cisar previously appeared in the 1956 Katzman-Sears Columbia production of “The Werewolf”), an uncredited cameo vocal appearance by Fred F. Sears (as the narrator) and Robert B. Williams (in an uncredited role as a state trooper).