Original 1953 Warner Bros. theatrical trailer for “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (w/ brief cameo trailer commentary appearances of Vera Miles, Paul Picerni and singer/future talk show host/game show creator Merv Griffin; according to IMDB).
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based sci-fi creature film host will present his big broadcast premiere of “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953); this Sat., June 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The 1953 Warner Bros. sci-fi creature classic was directed by production designer-turned-director Eugène “Gene” Lourié. Lourié also worked on Allied Artists’ sci-fi creature feature, “The Giant Behemoth” (1959). The stop-motion creature effects were created by “Dynamation” visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen. This was one of the first major studio stop-motion sci-fi creature productions where Harryhausen received screen credit, according to the American Film Institute. The feature was produced by veteran producer Jack Dietz.
The screenplay for “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” was written by Fred Freiberger and Lou Morheim. Freiberger and Morheim’s screenplay was inspired by a story written science fiction writer Ray Bradbury for the Saturday Evening Post; according to John M. Miller’s article on “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” for Turner Classic Movies.
Who was in “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” (1953)?
The players who appeared in “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” were Paula Raymond (as Lee Hunter), Paul Christian (as Prof. Tom Nesbitt, Christian’s name was used as a pseudonym for Paul Hubschmid), young Lee Van Cleef (as Cpl. Stone), William Woodson (in uncredited dual roles as the opening narrator and radio announcer), Cecil Kellaway (as Prof. Thurgood Elson), Kenneth Tobey (as Col. Jack Evans), Donald Woods (as Capt. Phil Jackson), Steve Brodie (as Sgt. Loomis), Michael Fox (as an emergency doctor), Alvin Greenman (as the first radar man), Frank Ferguson (as Dr. Morton), King Donovan (as Dr. Ingersoll), Paula “Mary” Hill (as Miss Ryan), Ray Hyke (as Sgt. Willistead), Jack Pennick (as Jacob Bowman) and Ross Elliott (as George Ritchie).