The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi film host will present his big Groundhog Day broadcast premiere of “The Giant Claw” (1957) from coast-to-coast this Sat., Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“The Giant Claw” (1957) was directed by veteran Columbia contract actor-turned-director Fred F. Sears and was produced by longtime studio producer Sam Katzman. Sears and Katzman’s successful Columbia features include “The Werewolf” (1956, with Steven Ritch, Joyce Holden and Don Megowan), “Rock Around the Clock” (1956, w/ The Platters, disc jockey Alan Freed and Bill Haley’s Comets; ), “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956, w/ Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor; featuring Ray Harryhausen’s Dynamation stop-motion sequences); “Don’t Knock the Rock” (1956, w/ Little Richard, Alan Freed and Bill Haley’s Comets) and “The Night the World Exploded” (1957, w/ Kathryn Grant and William Leslie).
Who was in “The Giant Claw” (1957)?
The players who appeared in Sears and Katzman’s 1957 Columbia sci-fi creature entry were Jeff Morrow (as Mitch MacAfee), Mara Corday (as Sally Caldwell), Morris Ankrum (as Lt. Gen. Edward Considine), Louis Merrill (as Pierre Broussard), Edgar Barrier (as Dr. Karol Noymann), Robert Shayne (as Gen. Van Buskirk), Frank Griffin (as Pete, Griffin was credited under the pseudonym of Ruell Shayne*) Clark Howat (as Maj. Bergen), Morgan Jones (as a lieutenant) George Cisar (in an uncredited role as an airplane passenger), Robert B. Williams (in an uncredited role as a state trooper) and an uncredited cameo vocal appearance by Fred F. Sears (as the narrator).