Altered teaser trailer for the Paramount production of “Dr. Cyclops” (1940). Note how there is a gray block (around the 0:47 mark), masking the reference to Paramount (a result of MCA-Universal’s latter ownership of the pre-1948 Paramount sound features).
The 1940 Paramount sci-fi fantasy-adventure thriller was directed by veteran director Ernest B. Schoedsack and was produced by veteran producers Merian C. Cooper (who was uncredited in the 1940 production) and Dale Van Every. Seven years earlier, Schoedsack and Cooper worked on their own successful monster classic for RKO Radio Pictures, “King Kong” (1933) and the sequel, “Son of Kong” (1933).
The veteran director developed the idea for “Dr. Cyclops” on extensive storyboards with a series of blueprints. Schoedsack’s sci-fi thriller was originally slated to be part of a Paramount anthology series of thriller features, according to the American Film Institute’s database article on “Dr. Cyclops” (1940).
This will mark Sven’s seventh telecast of “Dr. Cyclops” (1940) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Schoedsack’s Paramount sci-fi thriller back in Nov. 2011*, Sept. 2012*, April 2013, March 2014, Jan. 2016 and Dec. 2017.
Who was in the 1940 Schoedsack-Paramount sci-fi thriller?
The players who appeared in Schoedsack’s production of “Dr. Cyclops” (1940) were Albert Dekker (as Dr. Thorkel), Janice Logan (as Dr. Mary Robinson), Paul Fix (as Dr. Mendoza, Fix was later known for his role of Marshal Micah Torrance on the 1958-63 Chuck Connors TV western series, “The Rifleman”), Thomas Coley (as Bill Stockton), Charles Halton (as Dr. Bullfinch), Frank Reicher (as Professor Kendall), Frank Yaconelli (as Pedro) and Victor Kilian (as Steve Baker).