The 1958 classic Allied Artists sci-fi/fantasy film masterpiece was directed by veteran director Nathan Hertz Juran; who received screen credit under the name of Nathan Hertz. Hertz/Juran was also known for his directorial collaborations with visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, including the Columbia “Dynamation” productions of “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957) and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1959). Hertz/Juran’s latter Universal monster-creature features include “The Deadly Mantis” (1957) and “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973). Veteran cinema exhibitor/director/producer Bernard Woolner produced Hertz/Juran’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.”
The screenplay for the 1958 feature was written by veteran screenwriter Mark Hanna; who also wrote the screenplay for the 1957 Bert I. Gordon/James H. Nicholson/Samuel Z. Arkoff/American-International production of “The Amazing Colossal Man.” The famed theatrical poster artwork of Allison Hayes for the original Allied Artists poster for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” was illustrated by veteran artist Reynold Brown.
Hertz/Juran’s 1958 production of “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” was originally released theatrically as a double-feature presentation by Allied Artists with Roger Corman’s “War of the Satellites” (1958, with Dick Miller, Susan Cabot, Michael Fox, Richard Devon, Mitzi McCall and Robert Shayne); according to a July 1958 Allied Artists exhibitors’ trade ad in Motion Picture Daily.
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Hertz/Juran’s Allied Artists sci-fi/fantasy feature masterpiece back in April 2019 during Me-TV’s big broadcast commemoration on the eve of Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in the Berwyn/Chicago television airlanes!
Who was in Nathan Hertz Juran’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958)?
The players who appeared in “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) were Allison Hayes (as Nancy Fowler Archer, Hayes won the 1949 Miss Washington D.C. (Miss D.C.) pageant competition under her original name of Mary Jane Hayes; she previously appeared in in Arthur Lubin’s 1954 Universal “Francis the Talking Mule” comedy, “Francis Joins the WACS” with Donald O’Connor, Julie Adams of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” fame and Chill Wills; Hayes and Adams reunited in Norman Taurog’s 1965 Elvis Presley Allied Artists musical comedy; “Tickle Me”) , Michael Ross (in the dual roles of Tony the bartender and the space giant), Yvette Vickers (as Honey Parker), William Hudson (as Harry Archer), Eileen Stevens (as the nurse, Stevens was credited under the name of Eileene Stevens), Roy Gordon (as Dr. Isaac Cushing), Otto Waldis (as Dr. Heinrich Von Loeb), Dale Tate (as a TV commentator), George Douglas (as Sheriff Dubbitt), Frank Chase (as Deputy Charlie) and Ken Terrell (as Jess Stout).
Yvette Vickers’ account of the café destruction sequence
According to Richard Harland Smith’s article on “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” for Turner Classic Movies’ website, Yvette Vickers recounted that she was nearly injured during the interior filming of café destruction sequence. Shortly after filming the sequence while Vickers was hiding under a table, she noticed that there was wooden board with a nail that was almost two inches from her head. This was due in part to the limited budget and time that was allocated for the production, including lack of safety procedures for interior setting materials and props.
Ronald Stein’s source jazz orchestral music score for “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”
The source jazz orchestral music score for Nathan Hertz Juran’s 1958 Allied Artists sci-fi/fantasy production was composed by Ronald Stein, according to additional information Richard Harland Smith’s TCM article. In addition to his work for “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,” he also composed the source orchestral music score for Jack H. Harris and Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.’s creature production of “Dinosaurus!” (1960). Stein also served as an uncredited composer for the source orchestral score for Roger Corman’s original screen rendition of “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960, Corman’s aforementioned production featured a young Jack Nicholson).
Latter 1993 made-for-cable remake
35 years after the original Allied Artists theatrical release of Nathan Hertz Juran’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,” actor-comedian-musician-director Christopher Guest directed a comedic made-for-cable TV movie remake; titled “Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman” (1993). Produced by Home Box Office (HBO) in conjunction with Warner Bros.*, the players who appeared in Guest’s 1993 re-make were Darryl Hannah, Cristi Conaway, Paul Benedict, William Windom, Frances Fisher, Hamilton Camp, Daniel Baldwin, Lewis Arquette, Linda Bisesti, Victoria Haas and O’Neal Compton.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of Nathan Hertz Juran’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Allison Hayes, Yvette Vickers, William Hudson, Eileen/ Eileene Stevens, Roy Gordon, Otto Waldis, Dale Tate, George Douglas, Frank Chase and Ken Terrell with Jacques R. Marquette’s cinematography; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of Nathan H. Juran’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect post-Thanksgiving/Turkey Day treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow classic sci-fi feature aficionados from coast-to-coast with Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song, Kerwyn’s “mail call” and a few surprises! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
*Sidebar: Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the Allied Artists (Monogram)/Lorimar library holdings as part of Warner Communications’ 1989 purchase of Lorimar-Telepictures. Lorimar originally acquired the library of Allied Artists Pictures (Monogram) shortly after Allied Artists filed for bankruptcy in 1979. –C.H.
Happy early Thanksgiving/Turkey Day greetings to the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast from the author/writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” -C.H.
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 with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere from coast-to-coast via Twitter this Sat. during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of Nathan Hertz Juran’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) on Me-TV!
“Flashback” Silver Screen Reflections article on Svengoolie’s June 2019 big Me-TV broadcast of “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) for Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary in the Berywn/Chicago television airlanes!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Official Sven/Me-TV Online Store Holiday Discount Coupon Sale Promo (now until Dec. 3):
According to Sven’s official Twitter site and Me-TV’s official Twitter site, the official Sven/Me-TV online store is having their official Sven/Me-TV merchandise holiday discount coupon sale promo; now until Tue., Dec. 3!All official Sven and Me-TV items in the official Sven/Me-TV online store are 20% off the original price, enter the coupon code “METVHOLIDAY” at the checkout screen! There’s many perfect Sven items, including the official Sven long-sleeved shirt (“so much sleeve!”), the official Sven hoodie (“looking goodie in the hoodie!”), the official Sven T-shirt, the official Sven costume T-shirt, Sven magnets, the Sven button sets, the Sven “It Came From Berwyn” poster or any item from the official Me-TV store; including official Universal Studios classic “Universal Monster(s)” T-shirts! Any of the aforementioned items makes a great gift for any Sven aficionado! There’s many fun gifts for everyone on your season’s greetings shopping list! Perfect for (in order of the calendar of holiday observances) Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or any other holiday/special occasion/celebration and/or birthday! Again, be sure to enter the coupon code “METVHOLIDAY” prior to checking out (offer good until Mon., Nov. 26)! And to quote the official famous Sven/Me-TV online store phrase from Sven, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic items from the official Sven/Me-TV online store!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Riverside/Lyons, Illinois and beyond!
For fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago and beyond who are attending the upcoming May 2, 2020 WDCB-FM “Those Were the Days” 50th anniversary big Chicago old-time radio broadcast celebration (with appearances by Sven’s alter-ego, Mr. Rich Koz; Steve Darnall (current “Those Were the Days” host and publisher of “Nostalgia Digest” magazine), Chuck Schaden (original host of “Those Were the Days”), Trace Beaulieu (of MST3K and “The Mads!” fame), Kevin Murphy (of MST3K and “RiffTrax” fame), Patty McCormack (of Warners’ “The Bad Seed” fame), Ken Alexander (announcer of “Those Were the Days”), Scott Lowell (creator of Binge Networks’ “Adoptable”), Tim Kazurinsky (of “Saturday Night Live” fame from 1981-85) and music by the Dooley Brothers and the West End Jazz Band): discount early bird tickets are still available through WDCB’s official website and/or the Eventbrite platform! Tickets are going fast, purchase yours today! Note: Ticket prices range from $45-$50.
Again, the 50th anniversary “Those Were the Days” celebration event will occur on Sat., May 2, 2020 at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60630) from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (local time)!
But wait, there’s more! Sventa Claus is coming to town! According to Sven’s official website, Svengoolie/Sventa Claus will be making his Holiday/Christmas appearances! Sventa’s first Holiday/Christmastime appearance for 2019 will be at the Comic Collector Store (3246 South Harlem Ave., Riverside, Illinois 60546) on Fri., Dec. 6 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (local time)! As part of the Riverside “Holiday Stroll” festival, Sven/Sventa will be having a meet-and-greet photo and autograph session during his Comic Collector/Riverside appearance! Then, Sven/Sventa will be making a Holiday/Christmastime appearance at the Christmas Mystic Market fundraiser event to benefit the Sacred Space Animal Sanctuary and Rescue; the event will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ (4500 Prescott Ave., Lyons, Illinois 60534) on Sat., Dec. 7 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (local time)! A professional photographer will be on hand to take your picture with Sven/Sventa and Sven/Sventa will be also signing professional photos and Sven items! Note: According to the official rules, one item per person will be signed. Plus, there will be numerous gift and food vendors, a bake sale and more! Tickets can be purchased through the Eventbrite platform (tickets are $10-$12 online, $15 at the door). And ticketholders to the “Christmas Mystic Market” fundraiser event will have the chance to win a custom Sven doll!
Again, to the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago/Riverside/Lyons, Illinois and beyond who are attending the upcoming Sven/Sventa Claus appearances for the Holiday season in Dec. and the upcoming 50th big broadcast celebration of “Those Were the Days” on May 2, 2020; have fun seeing Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Steve Darnall, Chuck Schaden, Patty McCormack, Ken Alexander, Scott Lowell, Tim Kazurinsky. the West End Jazz Band and the Dooleys in-person during the event! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mention of a fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal!
***Extra! Extra! Extra! Update (Nov. 29):*** This Sat., Nov. 30, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee will be returning to the airlanes of Northwestern University Radio/WNUR with her Sat. morning “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcast radio jam session cavalcade! Jam along with Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcast jam session cavalcade feast of “Fabulous Food Follies of 2019” and post-Thanksgiving melodies! Live-tweet and jam along to Jamie’s Sat. big broadcast jam session cavalcade feast of fun and fantastic food songs! Jamie’s jam session begins tomorrow morning, Sat.; Nov. 30 at 6 a.m. Central/7 a.m. Eastern on the airlanes of WNUR-FM 89.3 in the greater Evanston/Chicago/Berwyn, Illinois listening area simulcasting from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the galaxy on the airlanes of WNUR.org and through the TuneIn app/platform! The entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals and fellow jammers are looking forward to the “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcast jam session feast of “Fabulous Food Follies of 2019” tomorrow morning on the airlanes of WNUR.org, Jamie! Again, all of us are proud of you and keep up the excellent and wonderful work! Again, three cheers, congrats, two thumbs up, peace, & “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie & the entire crowd of fellow super jammers and the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere, Jamie! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Be sure to spread the word/donate generously to help out one of the friends of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee from the PM&L Theatre ensemble by donating whatever you can to her friend’s official “GoFundMe” fund website to help offset astronomical costs of additional medical-related treatments. Give generously/spread the word to help out one of Jamie’s friends! Again, any amount helps! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! For fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago, Illinois (viewers of WCIU-TV 26.2/”The U” only):
According to Sven’s official Twitter feed, there will be a schedule change for Svengoolie’s upcoming WCIU-TV 26.2/”The U” re-broadcast/encore of Jack Arnold’s Universal monster classic masterpiece, “Creature From The Black Lagoon” (1954). Due to a live WCIU-TV/”The U” 26.2 broadcast of a High School sports event, Svengoolie’s re-broadcast of “Creature From the Black Lagoon” will occur this Sun., Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. (local time) on WCIU-TV 26.2/”The U” in the greater Berwyn/Chicago, Illinois viewing area.
In connection to “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958):
“Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) is also available on DVD through Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and their “Warner Archive” line of classic and rare titles (from Warner Bros. & Warners’ ownership of the Monogram/Allied Artists/Lorimar, Turner/pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holdings & RKO Radio Pictures holdings). The film is also available for streaming through Warner Bros. through participating streaming/video-on-demand providers.
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