The legendary Chicago/Berwyn-based sci-fi/creature film host will present his big broadcast premiere of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955), this Sat.; Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1955 Columbia classic sci-fi/creature/thriller masterpiece was directed by veteran editor-turned-director Edward L. Cahn. Cahn produced numerous short subjects for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1935-49. He also directed “The She-Creature” (1956, with Marla English, Chester Morris and Tom Conway) and “Invasion of the Saucer Men” (1957, with young Frank Gorshin, Gloria Castillo and Steven Terrell) for Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson’s American-International Pictures. Cahn also directed the Vogue Productions/United Artists cult sci-fi creature entry with Shirley Patterson/Shawn Smith and Marshall Thompson, “It! The Terror From Beyond Space” (1958).
Cahn’s 1955 sci-fi/creature entry was produced by veteran producer/Columbia Pictures production official Sam Katzman under his Clover Productions moniker; according to Clive Hirschorn’s retrospective studio book, “The Columbia Story.” The screenplay and original story idea for “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955) was written by veteran screenwriter and science fiction author Curt Sidomak. Sidomak also wrote the screenplay for George Waggner’s mammoth classic Universal monster masterpiece, “The Wolf Man” (1941) with Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya, Warren William and Ralph Bellamy.
Who was in “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955)?
The players who appeared in Edward L. Cahn’s Columbia classic creature/sci-fi masterpiece production of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955) were Richard Denning (as Dr. Chet Walker), Angela Stevens (as Joyce Walker), S. John Launer (as Capt. Dave Harris), Michael Granger (as Frank Buchanan), Karl “the Killer” Davis (in an uncredited role as Willard Pierce), Gregory Gaye (as Dr. Wilhelm Stagg), Linda Bennett (as Penny Walker), Tristram Coffin (as Dist. Atty. MacGraw), Harry Lauter (as the first reporter), Larry J. Blake (as the second reporter), Charles Evans (as Chief Camden) and Pierre Watkin (as Mayor Bremer).
Richard Denning previously appeared in the role of Jerry North in the syndicated TV amateur sleuth detective series with Barbara Britton, “Mr. and Mrs. North” (1952-54). Denning rose to greater fame for his role of Mark Williams in Jack Arnold’s mammoth classic Universal monster masterpiece with Julie Adams, Ricou Browning, Ben Chapman, Nestor Paiva and Richard Carlson; “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954). Around the same time that she appeared in the 1955 Cahn-Katzman sci-fi creature production, Columbia contract player Angela Stevens appeared in the role of Nora Blakely with Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller (of “Tarzan” and “Jungle Jim” fame) in Spencer Gordon Bennet’s adventure entry for the studio, “Devil Goddess” (1955). Stevens also appeared in an uncredited role as Alma Mater in Jules White’s Columbia “Three Stooges” comedy short with Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard, “Blunder Boys” (1955).
In addition to his stint on the professional wrestling circuit and his numerous screen appearances, Karl “the Killer” Davis previously appeared in an episode of “Mr. and Mrs. North” with Richard Denning and Barbara Britton, “Jade Dragon” (1953). Pierre Watkin previously played the role of Perry White in the Sam Katzman-Spencer Gordon Bennet-Columbia feature film serial adaptation series of Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster’s DC Comics superhero creation, “Superman” (1948, the first live-action screen adaptation of “Superman” with Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill).
Exterior scene elements of a “mock” military base in “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955)
According to IMDB, a “mock” military base was utilized in the Edward L. Cahn-Sam Katzman-Columbia production of “Creature with the Atom Brain.” The mock “Monroe Air Force Base” was Columbia Pictures’ ranch lot in Burbank, California. The Burbank ranch lot was used for exterior scenes/sequences in numerous Columbia feature film and Screen Gems television productions.
“Creature With the Atom Brain:” One of the first features to use a simulated source sound effect technique
The Cahn-Katzman-Columbia production of “Creature with the Atom Brain” had the distinction of being one of the first features to utilize a certain simulated source sound effect technique. The classic sci-fi/creature film was one of the first features to use squibs for simulated source gunshot sound effects, according to Jeff Stafford’s online synopsis of the 1955 cult sci-fi creature classic masterpiece for Turner Classic Movies.
Promotional tie-ins for the original theatrical release of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955)
According to details from an original 1955 Columbia Pictures exhibitors’ book on “Creature with the Atom Brain” that was recently unearthed on eBay, the studio encouraged participating theaters from coast-to-coast to have promotional tie-ins for the theatrical screening of the Cahn-Katzman sci-fi creature/thriller production. Columbia’s promotional department encouraged local theaters who participated in the original theatrical screening of “Creature with the Atom Brain” to team up with local radio and TV stations to have a “scream contest,” along with a contest for the title of “Miss Scream of the Year.” A “Creature with the Atom Brain” coloring contest was also held in conjunction with local newspapers and local art supply stores, winning participants were awarded with complimentary tickets to the film and gifts from local merchants from coast-to-coast.
Released as a double-feature presentation with a Columbia mammoth stop-motion classic stop-motion creature masterpiece
“Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955) was released as a double-feature presentation from coast-to-coast by Columbia with the classic Ray Harryhausen–Charles H. Schneer–Robert Gordon-Sam Katzman stop-motion mammoth creature/monster masterpiece, “It Came From Beneath the Sea” (1955, with Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue and Donald Curtis); according to the June 1955 edition of Film Bulletin.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Richard Denning, Angela Stevens, S. John Launer, Michael Granger, Karl “the Killer” Davis, Gregory Gaye, Linda Bennett, Tristram Coffin, Harry Lauter, Larry J. Blake, Charles Evans and Pierre Watkin, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s “Sven-Cave” big broadcast premiere of “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955), this Sat. on Me-TV! This will be also be a first glimpse at the classic 1955 Columbia sci-fi creature/thriller entry for many of us fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast! Escape from stress and anxiety with Sven’s big broadcast plus Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ evening parody song and Kerwyn’s “home office” mail call segment! A perfect treat for all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow classic sci-fi/creature/thriller feature film aficionados everywhere! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam 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
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Extra! Extra! Extra! Upcoming 5th anniversary of “Silver Screen Reflections” this Sept.! You may have noticed a new design element added to the “Silver Screen Reflections” banner/header, as this Sept. will mark the fifth anniversary of my “Silver Screen Reflections” blog (established on Sept. 27, 2015) and my fifth anniversary on the airlanes of Twitter! Be on the lookout this Sun., Sept. 27 for a post celebrating the 5th anniversary of my weekly film blog! Three cheers, two thumbs up, stay safe, keep healthy, stay well, kudos, peace & “Hi-Keeba” to all my fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals, super MST3K MSTies & fellow super classic film aficionados everywhere! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Prior to Svengoolie’s Sat. big broadcast of Stuart Walker’s classic Universal werewolf monster masterpiece, “Werewolf of London” (1935), fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow super subscribers of Svengoolie’s monthly e-mail newsletter everywhere jumped for joy when we recognized three of our fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals with cameo mentions in Sven’s Aug. e-mail newsletter in connection to the recent Sven “at-home” activity box sets! Presented in order of appearance from the Aug. Sven newsletter:
In order of appearance as shown in the Sven newsletter, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals jumped for joy when cameo mentions of three of our fellow super SvenPals’ tweets of their limited edition Sven “at-home” box/gift activity gift sets were featured in Sven’s Aug. newsletter; fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Pete Blatchford (featuring Pete’s Sven activity book, Sven “It Came From Berwyn” puzzle, Sven plastic spring toy, Sven puzzle cube, Sven fun putty/”crack me up!,” Sven “squishy stress bat,” Sven playing cards, Sven “Magic Doodle,” and Sven microwave popcorn), fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Nanette Keir (featuring a close-up of Nanette’s Sven fun putty/”crack me up!” with Kerwyn & Sven from the Sven activity book) and fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes (featuring Sarah’s Sven activity book, Sven “It Came From Berwyn” puzzle, Sven “Magic Doodle,” Sven fun putty/”crack me up!,” Sven “squishy stress bat,” Sven puzzle cube, Sven playing cards, Sven plastic spring toy and Sven microwave popcorn, plus a close-up of Sarah’s Sven squishy bat and a close-up of one of Sarah’s Sven playing cards)! For our fellow super SvenPals who may not know, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes and fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Nanette Keir helped spread the word/news about the release of official Sven/Me-TV online store Sven at-home box to all fellow super SvenPals everywhere on the airlanes of Twitter back in June!
Congratulations (in order of appearance) to Pete, Nanette and Sarah from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on your cameo Sven Aug. newsletter/Sven “at-home” box mentions! And again, congratulations to Sarah & Nanette from all for spreading the message/word on the Sven at-home activity box set for all fellow super SvenPals on the Twitter airlanes! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re proud of you all! Keep up the wonderful and excellent work! Three cheers, two thumbs up, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Pete, Nanette & Sarah from all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Limited quantities left! The official Svengoolie/Me-TV Sven “at-home” box activity gift set is still available for purchase on the official Sven/Me-TV online store website! And again, to quote the official rule of the Sven/Me-TV online store, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic/official Sven & Me-TV items from the official Sven/Me-TV online store! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals: Be sure to give generously, spread/share the word to help one of the friends of fellow fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee. An updated GoFundMe site for Jamie’s friend has been set up to help offset additional expensive medical/health-related costs. Again, additional information and details can be found through the official GoFundMe website of Jamie’s friend. Again, donate generously and spread/share the word to help Jamie’s friend. And again, any amount helps. -C.H.
In connection to “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955):
“Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955) is also available on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment (by arrangement with Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc./Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).
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