The 1955 Columbia classic sci-fi creature masterpiece was directed by Robert Gordon and was produced by veteran studio producers Charles H. Schneer and Sam Katzman (Katzman served as executive producer on the feature). Stop-motion animation and visual pioneer Ray Harryhausen created the Dynamation stop-motion creature effects for “It Came from Beneath the Sea.” This marked the first collaboration between Harryhausen and Schneer, the two worked on numerous sci-fi and fantasy feature productions, including “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” (1956), “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957), “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), “First Men in the Moon” (1964), “The Valley of Gwangi” (1969) and “Clash of the Titans” (1981).
“It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955) was originally released by Columbia as a double-feature theatrical presentation with Edward L. Cahn‘s sci-fi creature thriller, “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955, with Richard Denning of the 1954 Jack Arnold–Universal monster production of “Creature From the Black Lagoon” and Angela Stevens); according to IMDB. According to additional details from the American Film Institute, similar stock footage elements were utilized in both “It Came From Beneath the Sea” and “Creature with the Atom Brain.”
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of the 1955 Harryhausen-Columbia Dynamation classic on Me-TV. He previously showcased “It Came from Beneath the Sea” from coast-to-coast back in March 2019. According to additional details from IMDB, Sven previously aired the 1955 Harryhausen-Columbia Dynamation sci-fi creature thriller on his hometown television station in Berwyn/Chicago, Illinois; WCIU-TV 26/”The U”* back in June 2010.
Who was in the 1955 Harryhausen-Schneer-Gordon-Katzman Columbia sci-fi “Dynamation” creature entry?
The players who appeared in the 1955 Harryhausen-Schneer-Gordon-Katzman-Columbia sci-fi “Dynamation” underwater sci-fi creature production were Kenneth Tobey (as Cmdr. Pete Matthews; Tobey previously appeared in previously appeared in Howard Hawks’ 1951 RKO sci-fi thriller with a pre-“Gunsmoke” James Arness, “The Thing from Another World” and in the 1953 Harryhausen-Eugène Lourié’-Warner Bros. sci-fi “Dynamation” creature thriller; “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms”), Faith Domergue (as Prof. Lesley Joyce; Domergue previously appeared in the 1955 Joseph Newman-Universal sci-fi thriller, “This Island Earth”), Charles H. Schneer (in an uncredted on-screen cameo appearance as an extra), Donald Curtis (as Dr. John Carter; Curtis also appeared in the 1956 Harryhausen-Schneer-Fred F. Sears-Columbia sci-fi Dynamation feature, “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers”), Dean Maddox Jr. (as Admiral Norman), Harry Lauter (as Dep. Bill Nash, Lauter also appeared in Sears’ 1956 Columbia monster-creature production with Steven Ritch; “The Werewolf”), Ian Keith (as Admiral Burns), Chuck Griffiths (as Naval Lt. Griff), and Richard W. Peterson (as Capt. Stacy) and William Woodson (in an uncredited role as the opening/introductory narrator, Woodson also provided the uncredited opening narration for “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers”).