Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be jumping for joy for his big broadcast of a classic sci-fi special effects thriller.
The 1959 sci-fi thriller was directed by veteran director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and veteran producer Jack H. Harris. Harris and the junior Yeaworth were known for their theatrical productions, including their first sci-fi masterpiece classic feature; “The Blob” (1958, with young Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut) and their creature classic, “Dinosaurus!” (1960, with Kristina Hanson, Gregg Martell and Ward Ramsey).
The screenplay for the Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” (1959) was written by veteran screenwriters Cy Chermak (who also produced numerous episodes of “The Virginian” from 1964–67, “Ironside” from 1967–74 and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” from 1974–75) and Theodore Simonson (who also wrote the screenplay for “The Blob” in 1958). The Harris-Yeaworth production of “4D Man” was originally released theatrically by Universal Studios throughout the United States and Canada in 1959 (Universal also handled the theatrical release of Harris & Yeaworth’s “Dinosaurus!” in 1960).
Jack H. Harris Enterprises (successor to Harris’ Fairview Productions) re-issued “4D Man” under the title of “Master of Terror” in 1965 as a double-feature presentation with Harris’ re-dubbed feature-length edition of the Argentinean television adaptations of select Edgar Allen Poe horror tales under the title of “Master of Horror,” a.k.a. “Obras maestras del terror” (1965); according to IMDB.
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “4D Man” (1959) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth-Universal sci-fi thriller classic back in March 2019.
Who was in the Harris-Yeaworth-Universal production of “4D Man” (1959)?
The players who appeared in the 1959 Harris-Yeaworth-Universal sci-fi thriller production of “4D Man” were Robert Lansing (as Dr. Scott Nelson; Lansing later played the role of Brig. Gen. Frank Savage in the Quinn Martin–Twentieth Century Fox TV adaptation of “12 O’clock High” from 1964-65), Lee Meriwether (as Linda Davis; Meriwether won the 1955 Miss America pageant before she went into her acting career; she later appeared in the dual roles of Catwoman/Kitka in the 1966 feature-length Twentieth Century Fox film adaptation of the live-action “Batman” TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward, “Batman: The Movie;” Meriweather also appeared in the role of Lisa Carson in two episodes of the “Batman” TV series with West and Ward in 1967, “Batman’s Waterloo” and “King Tut’s Coup”), Patty Duke (as Marjorie Sutherland, Duke went onto greater fame for her Academy Award-winning role of young Helen Keller in Arthur Penn’s 1962 critically-acclaimed film adaptation of William Gibson’s play, “The Miracle Worker” alongside Anne Bancroft; Duke also had her own successful TV sitcom where she played the dual roles of identical cousins Cathy Lane and Patty Lane from 1963-66, “The Patty Duke Show”), James Congdon (as Dr. Tony Nelson)*, Edgar Stehli (as Dr. Theodore W. Carson), Chic James (as a “B-Girl”), Robert Strauss (as Roy Parker), Jasper Deeter (as Mr. Welles), Elbert Smith (as Capt. Rogers), George Karas (as Sgt. Todaman, Karas received screen credit under the name of “George Kara” in the film; Karas previously appeared in the role of Officer Ritchie in the 1958 Harris-Yeaworth production of “The Blob”) and Guy Raymond (as Fred).