The 1955 Universal classic “Creature” monster masterpiece was directed by veteran studio director Jack Arnold. “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) is the sequel to Arnold’s earlier mammoth classic Universal monster masterpiece, “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954, with Julie Adams, Ricou Browning, Ben Chapman, Nestor Paiva, Richard Carlson and Richard Denning).
Arnold’s other Universal productions include “It Came from Outer Space” (1953), “Tarantula” (1955), “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and “Monster on the Campus” (1958). The 1955 Universal “Creature” monster sequel was produced by veteran actor-turned-producer and Arnold’s co-collaborator, William Alland.
One year after “Revenge of the Creature,” the third and final installment of Universal’s “Creature” monster trilogy film series was released in 2-D; titled “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956, directed by John Sherwood; with Leigh Snowden, Ricou Browning, Don Megowan, Jeff Morrow and Rex Reason).
In 1982, an anaglyph 3-D version of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) was syndicated to local stations by Universal/MCA, according to Broadcasting Magazine. Sven’s older station in his “Son of Svengoolie” days, WFLD aired (Son of) Sven’s big 3-D broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” in anaglyph 3-D in conjunction with 7-Eleven (local Berwyn/Chicago “Son of” Sven viewers purchased 3-D glasses from local 7-Eleven locations prior to the telecast) on Thurs. evening, July 29; 1982; according to Rick Klein’s FuzzyMemories YouTube site (Klein unearthed the1982 “Son of Sven” segments from the 3-D “Revenge of the Creature” broadcast years ago).
Arnold’s 1955 Universal “Creature” monster sequel production was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (ep. #801) on the Sci-Fi Channel (pre-SyFy) on Feb. 1, 1997 with Mike Nelson, the vocal stylings of Kevin Murphy (as robot Tom Servo) and the vocal stylings of Bill Corbett (as robot Crow T. Robot); according to MST3K Info/Satellite News.
This will mark Sven’s seventh big broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Arnold’s classic Universal “Creature” monster sequel masterpiece back in Jan. 2013, Aug. 2013, July 2014, May 2015, Oct. 2016 and Sept. 2018*. *Note: Sven’s 2018 big broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) was originally scheduled for a late March 2018 big broadcast for Sven’s showcase, but was withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict at the time between Me-TV and Universal Studios/Universal Television. Sven’s re-broadcast of Alan Landsburg’s made-for-TV thriller “Ants!” (1977, a.k.a. “It Happened at Lakewood Manor”) aired in place of “Revenge of the Creature” on March 24, 2018.
Who was in Jack Arnold’s Universal sequel production of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955)?
The players who appeared in “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) were Lori Nelson (as Helen Dobson), Ricou Browning (in uncredited dual roles as the Creature for underwater/Marineland tank-based scenes and a laboratory technician), Tom Hennesy (in uncredited dual roles as the Creature for land-based scenes and a Marineland diver), John Agar (as Prof. Clete Ferguson), Nestor Paiva (as Lucas), young Clint Eastwood (in an uncredited role as Jennings), Grandon Rhodes (as Jackson Foster), John Bromfield (as Joe Hayes), Dave Willock (as Lou Gibson), Robert B. Williams (as George Johnson) and Charles Cane (as a police captain).
Lori Nelson also appeared in the role of Rosie Kettle in Universal’s “Ma and Pa Kettle” comedies with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, “Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair” (1952) and “Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki” (1955). Ricou Browning played the “Creature” for the underwater sequences throughout the entire Universal “Creature” monster trilogy series. According to the 2000 retrospective documentary featurette on Universal’s “Creature” monster trilogy, “Beyond The Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle,” Browning recounted that he wanted screen credit for his role of the Creature in “Revenge of the Creature;” yet Universal executives did not want to give on-screen credit to any actors who played role of “Creature” for the features.
Nestor Paiva reprised his role of Lucas from “Creature From the Black Lagoon” in Arnold’s 1955 Universal “Creature” classic monster sequel masterpiece. He later appeared in the role of Arnold’s Universal arachnid thriller, “Tarantula” (1955). John Agar also appeared in “Tarantula” (1955) with Paiva. Young Clint Eastwood also appeared in uncredited roles in “Tarantula” (1955) and in the sixth Universal “Francis the Talking Mule” comedy, “Francis in the Navy” (1955, with Donald O’ Connor and Chill Wills) before going onto greater fame in television and film.
Alterations to the original Universal “Creature” monster mask design
According to veteran special effects technician/historian Bob Burns in “Beyond The Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle,” the “Creature” mask design for Arnold’s 1955 Universal “Creature” monster sequel was altered with wider eyes and a slightly different jawline for Ricou Browning’s “Creature” underwater/Marineland tank sequences and Tom Hennesy’s land-based sequences. The Universal “Creature” mask and costume was originally designed for the 1954 production of “Creature From the Black Lagoon” by veteran studio make-up artists Millicent Patrick, Jack Kevan, Bud Westmore and Chris Mueller.
A modified version of the waterproof 3-D camera rig for “Revenge of the Creature”
A modified version of Clifford Stine and Charles “Scotty” Welbourne’s waterproof 3-D twin-camera rig was constructed for the filming of Arnold’s 1955 production of “Revenge of the Creature.” According to additional information from Bob Furmanek’s 3-D Film Archive site, Universal officials disassembled the original waterproof 3-D twin-camera rig that was developed by Stine and Welborne for “Creature From the Black Lagoon” as the industry was focusing less on 3-D feature productions.
Released theatrically as a double-feature presentation with a 1955 Universal snake monster-thriller
According to veteran film preservationist Bob Furmanek and his 3-D Film Archive site, Jack Arnold’s 1955 Universal 3-D “Creature” monster sequel entry was released in several major cities as a double-feature presentation with Francis D. Lyon’s Universal 2-D snake monster-thriller, “Cult of the Cobra” (1955, with Faith Domergue, Richard Long, young David Janssen, Olan Soule, Kathleen Hughes and Marshall Thompson).
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, in 2-D), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Lori Nelson, Ricou Browning, Tom Hennesy, John Agar, young Clint Eastwood, Grandon Rhodes, John Bromfield, Dave Willock, Robert B. Williams and Charles Cane; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of Jack Arnold’s Universal classic Creature/monster sequel masterpiece; “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, in 2-D), this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect treat for the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals and aficionados of classic Universal monster features everywhere with Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! You will not be disappointed!
Svengoolie presents his big broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, in 2-D)
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 #Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast (via Twitter) during Sven’s big broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), this Sat. on Me-TV!
“Flashback” editions of “Silver Screen Reflections” on Svengoolie and “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), with extended facts on the film’s 3-D process and Sven (during his days as the “Son of Sven”)’s 1982 WFLD/Chicago broadcast of the film (orig. published prior to the March 2018 cancellation of the feature) and Sven’s 2018 big Me-TV broadcast of Arnold’s 1955 Universal classic Creature-monster sequel masterpiece!
Select 3-D segments from Sven (Son of Sven’s) 1982 WFLD 3-D broadcast of “Revenge of the Creature,” preserved by Chicago-area television curator Rick Klein and his “FuzzyMemories” site! Also, take a look at this 1982 promotional tag for Sven (Son of Sven)’s 3-D airing of “Revenge of the Creature” from the end of a July 1982 WFLD news update with then-news personality Kathy McFarland!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago and beyond!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Update: Svengoolie will be making his first 2020 in-person appearance at the new Pet Supplies Plus location in his hometown of Berwyn, Illinois at Harlem and Cermak Plaza (7133 Cermak Rd., Berwyn, Illinois; 60402)! Sven’s Berwyn Pet Supplies Plus appearance has been re-scheduled for Sat., Feb. 1 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (local time)! Sven will have a meet-and-greet photo and autograph session during the event! Purchase your supplies/treats for your favorite pet(s) and meet Sven in-person during his Pet Supplies Plus meet-and-greet photo/autograph session in his hometown of Berwyn in Feb.!
Wait, there’s more! Svengoolie will be returning to the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) event for an upcoming appearance in Feb. 2020! According to Sven’s official Twitter site and the official Twitter site of C2E2, Svengoolie will be making an appearance at the 2020 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Exposition (C2E2) on Sat., Feb. 29 at 12:30 p.m. (local time) in room S504 (at the South Building at McCormick Place; 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601)! Additional ticket information is available on the official C2E2 site. Again, stay tuned for additional information from Sven’s official social media sites, the social media site of C2E2 and the weekly “Silver Screen Reflections”blog for updates on Sven’s C2E2 appearance. And to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals in the greater Berwyn/Chicago region and beyond, have fun seeing Sven during his in-person appearances at Berwyn’s Pet Supplies Plus and the Chicago C2E2 2020 festival! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal David Fuentes recently published his highlights of Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s Oct. 2019 Sven 40th anniversary event and VIP reception at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, featuring the re-dedication of the Svengoolie exhibit w/ WGN Radio personality “Ringmaster” Dave Plier, an official proclamation from the City of Chicago for Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s 40th anniversary from Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez through the efforts of fellow super SvenPal Brian “B.A.” Bernardoni, the costume contest, the MBC “Rock N’ Roll” exhibits and a rare live appearance from Kerwyn himself! Three cheers, two thumbs up and congrats to David & the entire “Terror From Beyond the Daves” crowd on witnessing Svengoolie & Kerwyn’s live appearance for Sven’s Oct. 2019 40th anniversary celebration at the Museum of Broadcast Communications! And congrats to Sven/Mr. Rich Koz (on his 40th/and official Chicago proclamation), Alderman Lopez, Brian/B.A., Dave Plier, the costume contest participants/winners & all fellow super SvenPals of Berwyn/Chicago and beyond who attended Sven 40th anniversary festival from the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals! We’re proud of all of you! Glad to hear that you all had fun at the festival! Keep up the wonderful & excellent work! Peace & “Hi-Keeba!” –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Update: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee’s upcoming big “Jammin’ with Jamie” broadcast jam session cavalcade/serenade will be postponed for this Sat. (Jan. 11). Jamie’s upcoming big broadcast “Jammin’ with Jamie” jam session cavalcade/serenade will return to the airlanes of Northwestern University Radio/WNUR.org next Sat., Jan. 18 at 6 a.m. Central/7 a.m. Eastern! Mark your calendars! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee will be having her big broadcast of her Sat. morning big broadcast jam session cavalcade on the airlanes of Northwestern University radio/WNUR, “Jammin’ with Jamie!” Jam along with Jamie and her big “Jammin’ with Jamie” broadcast jam session cavalcade serenade of jams next Sat. morning, Jan. 18 at 6 a.m. Central/7 a.m. Eastern on the airlanes of WNUR-FM 89.3 in the greater Evanston/Chicago/Berwyn listening area, from coast-to-coast, around the globe and throughout the universe on WNUR.org and simulcasting on the TuneIn platform! Stay tuned to Jamie’s official Twitter site and Jamie’s official website for more details on the theme for the upcoming “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcast jam session cavalcade for next Sat.! If you have a favorite song request for Jamie’s portfolio of jams for her upcoming big broadcast jam session cavalcade/serenade for Sat., Jan. 18; be sure to send in your song request/nomination to Jamie’s official Twitter site or Jamie’s official website before Sat., Jan. 18! Three cheers, congrats & two thumbs up to Jamie from the entire crowd of fellow super jammers and fellow super SvenPals everywhere on your upcoming “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcast jam session this week! We’re all looking forward to the upcoming big “Jammin’ with Jamie” broadcast jam session cavalcade serenade return to the WNUR.org airlanes on Sat. Jan. 18! Keep up the wonderful and excellent work and all of us are proud of you, Jamie! Kudos, peace & “Hi-Keeba” from the entire crowd of fellow super jammers & fellow super SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
In connection to “Revenge of the Creature” (1955):
“Revenge of the Creature” (1955) is available in Universal’s classic “Creature” monster trilogy anthology compilation set, “Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Complete Legacy Collection” on Blu-Ray (includes the 3-D Blu-Ray versions of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and “Revenge of the Creature,” must have a 3-D HDTV set and 3-D Blu-Ray player to decode 3-D content) and DVD. The film is also available in Universal’s “Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection”set on Blu-Ray and DVD. “Revenge of the Creature” (1955) is also available from Universal through participating video-on-demand service providers.
The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” edition of “Revenge of the Creature” (#801) is available as part the “MST3K Vol. XXV” multi-film DVD compilation set from Shout! Factory (by arrangement by Universal Studios)
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