The 1954 Universal monster classic was directed by veteran studio director Jack Arnold (Arnold’s additional Universal features include the studio’s first 3-D production, “It Came from Outer Space” in 1953; “Tarantula” in 1955, “The Incredible Shrinking Man” in 1957 and “Monster on the Campus” in 1958). Arnold’s “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954) was produced by veteran Hollywood actor-turned-producer William Alland. 13 years earlier, Alland played the role of Jerry Thompson in Orson Welles’ critically-acclaimed RKO Radio Pictures/Mercury Players drama, “Citizen Kane” (1941).
After the success of “Creature From the Black Lagoon” in 1954, Universal produced and released two more features in the studio’s “Creature” monster franchise; ““Revenge of the Creature” (1955, directed by Arnold in 3-D) and the final production in Universal’s “Creature” trilogy, “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956, directed by John Sherwood).
This will mark Sven’s seventh big broadcast showcase of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) on Me-TV from coast-to-coast. He previously showcased Arnold’s Universal monster-creature classic back in April 2011*, May 2012* (according to fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes’ official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube channel and Edward Reed’s “Svengoolie Fan Club” forum website), July 2014, Nov. 2015, July 2017 and Dec. 2018.
Who was in “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)?
The players who appeared in “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) were Julie Adams (as Kay Lawrence, Adams received screen credit under the name of “Julia Adams”), Ricou Browning (who appeared in an uncredited role in the “Creature” outfit for underwater-based scenes), Ben Chapman (who appeared in an uncredited role in the “Creature” outfit for land-based scenes), Richard Carlson (as David Reed), Richard Denning (as Mark Williams), Nestor Paiva (as Lucas), Antonio Moreno (as Carl Maia), Whit Bissell (as Dr. Thompson), Henry A. Escalante (as Chico, Escalante received screen credit under the name of “Henry Escalante”) and Bernie Gozier (as Zee).