The 1954 Universal Studios creature/monster feature was directed by veteran director Jack Arnold; who also worked on Universal’s “It Came from Outer Space” (1953; the studio’s first 3-D feature), “Tarantula” (1955), “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and “Monster on the Campus” (1958). Arnold also directed the second feature in the studio’s “Creature” series, “Revenge of the Creature” (1955, also filmed in 3-D). The final film in Universal’s “Creature” trilogy, “The Creature Walks Among Us” (1956) was directed by John Sherwood.
This will mark Svengoolie’s sixth big coast-to-coast broadcast of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Arnold’s Universal monster-creature classic back in April 2011*, May 2012* (according to fellow super SvenPal David Fuentes and his official “Terror From Beyond the Dave” YouTube channel and Edward Reed’s “Svengoolie Fan Club” forum), July 2014, Nov. 2015 and July 2017.
Who was in “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)?
The players who appeared in Jack Arnold’s 1954 Universal monster-creature feature were Julie Adams (as Kay, Adams received screen credit under the name of “Julia Adams” in the film; Adams previously appeared in Universal’s ““Francis Joins The WACS” with Donald O’ Connor and Chill Wills), Richard Carlson (as David Reed; Carlson previously appeared in Arnold’s “It Came From Outer Space” in 1953), Ricou Browning (who appeared in an uncredited role in the “Creature” costume for underwater sequences), Ben Chapman (who appeared in an uncredited role in the “Gill-Man” costume for land sequences), Richard Denning (as Mark Williams), Nestor Paiva (as Lucas), Whit Bissell (as Dr. Thompson; Bissell later appeared in Irwin Allen’s 1966-67 TV adventure/sci-fi series, “The Time Tunnel”), Antonio Moreno (as Carl Maia), Bernie Gozier (as Zee) and Henry A. Escalante (as Chico, Escalante was credited under the name of “Henry Escalante” in Arnold’s Universal production).