Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his big broadcast premiere of a classic sci-fi creature masterpiece.
Original 1958 theatrical trailer for the Arthur Crabtree*-Richard Gordon production of “Fiend Without A Face,” originally released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in the United States. Sidebar: For our fellow super SvenPals who have not seen ”Fiend Without A Face” (1958); on the advice of Sven’s recent advertisement, we advise our fellow super SvenPals not to any spoilers for the title creature in the film, you will have to see the entire title creature for yourself during Sven’s big broadcast premiere this Sven Sat.!
The 1958 classic sci-fi/creature masterpiece production was directed by veteran British cinematographer/film and television director Arthur Crabtree*. Some of Crabtree’s* best known productions throughout his film and television career include directing series episodes of the classic mammoth British television mystery masterpiece series with Boris Karloff, “Colonel March of Scotland Yard” (Crabtree worked on the series from 1955-56, “Colonel March of Scotland Yard” was syndicated for local television stations in the United States by Official Films); according to additional details from IMDB. The same year that he worked on his classic mammoth sci-fi/creature masterpiece feature of “Fiend Without a Face” (1958) Crabtree also worked on 12 episodes of the classic Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems syndicated television masterpiece adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s novel of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, “Ivanhoe” in 1958 with young Roger Moore in the title role. One year after “Fiend Without A Face,” Crabtree directed the classic mammoth British “Hypnovista” horror-mystery masterpiece with young Michael Gough, “Horrors of the Black Museum” (1959, released theatrically in Great Britain by Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy; released in the United States by Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson’s distribution firm, American-International Pictures).
Veteran producer/distributor Richard Gordon served as executive producer of Crabtree’s* production of “Fiend Without a Face” (1958). Gordon later served as executive producer of Lindsay Shonteff’s cult classic thriller feature masterpiece production of “Devil Doll” (1964) with Bryant Haliday, Yvonne Romain, William Sylvester and the vocal stylings of Sadie Corre. Veteran producer John Croydon also produced the 1958 Gordon-Crabtree* production of “Fiend Without a Face.” Croydon later served as the producer Ian Curteis’s classic sci-fi/horror masterpiece production with Mary Peach and Norman Wooland, “The Projected Man” (1966, released in the United States by Universal Studios in 1967). Veteran producer/screenwriter Ronald Kinnoch served as co-producer and veteran/producer screenwriter Charles F. Vetter also served in an uncredited role an executive producer in the Gordon/Crabtree* production of “Fiend Without a Face.” Both Kinnoch and Vetter previously co-wrote the screenplay for the cult classic Gordon/Shonteff thriller masterpiece production of “Devil Doll” (1964) with veteran author Frederick Escreet Smith (Kinnoch received credit under the pseudonym of George Barclay for the 1964 production of “Devil Doll,” Lance Z. Hargreaves received credit under the pseudonym of Lance Z. Hargreaves for the 1964 production of “Devil Doll”).
Kinnoch/Barclay previously produced Wolf Rilla’s classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) sci-fi/horror/thriller masterpiece with George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn and Martin Stephens; “Village of the Damned” (1960, adapted from John Wyndham/John Harris’ novel, “The Midwich Cuckoos;” Kinnoch/Barclay co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of “Village of the Damned” with veteran screenwriter Stirling Silliphant). Charles F. Vetter previously produced Robert Day’s classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) British sci-fi masterpiece production of “First Man Into Space” (1959, with Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi and Bill Edwards).
The screenplay for the Gordon/Crabtree* cult classic sci-fi/creature masterpiece production of “Fiend Without a Face” (1958) was written by veteran screenwriter Herbert J. Leder. Leder’s screenplay was adapted from an original story by veteran author Amelia Reynolds Long. Long’s original story was titled “The Thought Monster.”
“Fiend Without a Face” (1958) was released theatrically throughout Great Britain via Eros Films Ltd., the company was founded by Phil and Sid Hyams; according to IMDB. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) handled the North American theatrical distribution/releasing rights to “Fiend Without a Face.” The theatrical re-issue, television syndication and home entertainment licensing rights to “Fiend Without a Face” (1958) would later revert to Richard Gordon’s Gordon Films, Inc. (under the estate of Richard Gordon since Gordon’s death in 2011); according to veteran film distributor Kit Parker’s retrospective on veteran film producer Gordon.
Who was in the Richard Gordon-Arthur Crabtree* classic sci-fi/horror masterpiece production of “Fiend Without a Face” (1958)?
The players who appeared in the Richard Gordon-Arthur Crabtree* classic sci-fi/horror masterpiece production of “Fiend Without a Face” were Marshall Thompson (as Maj. Cummings), Kim Parker (as Barbara Griselle), Kynaston Reeves (as Prof. R.E. Walgate), Stanley Maxted (as Col. Butler), Terence “Terry” Kilburn (as Capt. Al Chester), James Dyrenforth (as the Mayor), Robert MacKenzie (as Constable Gibbons), Peter Madden (as Dr. Bradley), Gil Winfield (as Dr. Warren), Michael Balfour (as Sgt. Kasper), Lala Lloyd (as Amelia Adams), Shane Cordell (as a Nurse), Launce Maraschal (as Melville), E. Kerrigan Prescott (as an Atomic Engineer) and R. Meadows White (as Ben Adams).