The 1957 classic Universal sci-fi creature-monster masterpiece was directed by veteran director Nathan Hertz Juran. Hertz/Juran was also known for his numerous collaborations with veteran visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen and his classic “Dynamation” stop-motion masterpieces for Columbia Pictures, including “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957) and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1959). Juran’s other classic sci-fi masterpiece features include his Allied Artists (Monogram) production of “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) and his latter Universal monster production of “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973). “The Deadly Mantis” was produced by veteran Universal producer William Alland, who also wrote the original story. Alland’s story was adapted for the screen by veteran film and TV screenwriter Martin Berkeley.
This will mark Sven’s seventh big broadcast of “The Deadly Mantis” (1957) on Me-TV. He previously broadcast Juran’s 1957 classic Universal sci-fi insect creature/monster masterpiece back in Jan. 2012*, Oct. 2012*, March 2013, May 2014, Nov. 2015 and Nov. 2017.
Who was in Nathan Hertz Juran’s Universal production of “The Deadly Mantis” (1957)?
The players who appeared in Nathan Hertz Juran’s 1957 classic Universal sci-fi creature/monster masterpiece production of “The Deadly Mantis” were Craig Stevens (as Col. Joe Parkman, Stevens went onto greater fame in Blake Edwards’ 1958-61 television crime drama series with Lola Albright and Herschel Bernardi; “Peter Gunn”), William Hopper (as Dr. Nedrick Jackson, Hopper went onto greater fame in the role of Paul Drake in the 1957-66 CBS television adaptation of Erle Stanley Gardner’s “Perry Mason” with Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale), Alix Talton (as Marge Blaine, the former Alice Talton reunited with William Hopper in the 1958 “Perry Mason” episode; “The Case of the Long-Legged Models”), Florenz Ames (as Prof. Anton Gunther), Donald Randolph (as Maj. Gen. Mark Ford), Floyd Simmons (as an Army Sergeant), Phil Harvey (as Lou, Harvey also appeared in Virgil Vogel’s 1957 Universal fantasy creature feature with Jock Mahoney, Shawn Smith/Shirley Patterson and William Reynolds; “The Land Unknown”), Pat Conway (as Sgt. Pete Allen), Marvin Miller (in an uncredited role as the opening narrator), Paul Smith (as a Corporal), Helen Jay (as Mrs. Farley), Bing Russell (in an uncredited role as a State Trooper) and Harry Tyler (as a Manhattan tunnel spectator).