The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi creature film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955), this Sat., March 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955) was directed by Robert Gordon, who also worked on the Columbia film noir-mystery feature “Blind Spot” (1947, with Chester Morris).
Visual effects and stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen worked on the Dynamation stop-motion creature effects for Gordon’s Columbia sci-fi production. This would mark the first collaboration between Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. Schneer was impressed by Harryhausen’s earlier stop-motion visual effects work for Eugène Lourié’s Warner Bros. sci-fi monster-creature feature, “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (1953, according to Richard Harland Smith’s article for Turner Classic Movies). Veteran studio producer Sam Katzman served as executive producer for the Harryhausen-Schneer-Gordon Columbia sci-fi creature film.
Who was in “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1954)?
The players who appeared in “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1954) were Kenneth Tobey (as Cmdr. Pete Matthews), Faith Domergue (as Prof. Lesley Joyce), Donald Curtis (as Dr. John Carter), Ian Keith (as Admiral Burns), Dean Maddox Jr. (as Admiral Norman), Chuck Griffiths (as Naval Lt. Griff), Harry Lauter (as Dep. Bill Nash), Richard W. Peterson (as Capt. Stacy) and a rare uncredited cameo on-screen appearance by producer Charles H. Schneer (as an extra).