Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be excited for the return of a 1964 Toho Studios kaiju creature battle film entry.
“Svengoolie” presents: “Godzilla vs. Mothra” (1964, re-titled in the United States as “Godzilla vs. the Thing”)
1964 trailer for the North American dub of Toho Studios’ “Godzilla vs. Mothra,” which was re-titled by American-International Pictures as “Godzilla vs. the Thing.”
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/sci-fi film host will be presenting the return of “Godzilla vs. Mothra” (1964), this Sat., Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
Sven will be having one more film in his Jan. Me-TV “Godzilla” salute on Sat., Jan 27 with “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969, a.k.a. “All Monsters Attack”).
The film was directed by veteran Toho Studios director Ishiro Honda. Honda’s 1964 “Godzilla” feature film for Japan’s Toho Studios was released in the United States by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff’s American-International Pictures. AIP retitled “Godzilla vs. Mothra” as “Godzilla vs. The Thing.”
This will mark Sven’s second telecast of “Godzilla vs. Mothra” on Me-TV, he had previously showcased the film during his Feb. 2017 “Godzilla” salute.
Who were the players in “Godzilla vs. Mothra”/”Godzilla vs. the Thing” (1964)?
The players who appeared in “Godzilla vs. Mothra” were Akira Takarada (as Ichiro Sakai), Yuriko Hoshi (as Junko Nakanishi), Hiroshi Koizumi (as Professor Miura), Emi and Yumi Ito (part of the popular Japanese twin sister pop singing duo “The Peanuts,” as the “twin Shobijin fairies”), Kenji Sahara (as Jiro Torahata), Yû Fujiki (as Jiro Nakamura), Yoshifumi Tajima (as Kumayama), Jun Tazaki (as newspaper editor Murata), Kenzô Tabu (as the mayor), Yoshio Kosugi (as the chief of Infant Island), stunt actor Haruo Nakajima (in the “Godzilla/”Gojira” suit), Bernie Grant (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Akira Takarada’s character), Paulette Rubenstien (in two uncredited roles for the English dubbing of Yuriko Hoshi and the Ito sisters’ characters), Terry Van Tell (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of additional dialogue lines for the Ito sisters’ characters), a pre-“Speed Racer” Peter Fernandez (in two uncredited roles for the English dubbing of a villager and a reporter) and Kenneth Harvey (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Hiroshi Koizumi’s character).