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).