Creature from the Black Lagoon (trailer)




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Published on May 2, 2009

Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster film directed by Jack Arnold, and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, and Whit Bissell. The eponymous creature was played by Ben Chapman on land and Ricou Browning in underwater scenes. The film was released in the United States on 5 March 1954.

Creature from the Black Lagoon was filmed and originally released in 3-D requiring polarized 3-D glasses, and subsequently reissued in the 1970s in the inferior anaglyph format (this version was released on home video by MCA Videocassette, Inc. in 1981). It is considered a classic of the 1950s, and generated two sequels, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us, each a year apart. Revenge of the Creature was also filmed and released in 3-D, in hopes of reviving the format.

Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by William Alland
Written by Maurice Zimm (story), Harry Essex, Arthur A. Ross
Music by Henry Mancini
Hans J. Salter
Herman Stein
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Editing by Ted J. Kent

Cast * Antonio Moreno as Dr. Carl Maia * Ben Chapman as Gill-man (land) * Bernie Gozier as Zee * Henry A. Escalante as Chico * Julie Adams as Kay Lawrence * Nestor Paiva as Lucas * Perry Lopez as Tomas * Richard Carlson as Dr. David Reed * Richard Denning as Mark Williams * Ricou Browning as Gill-man (underwater) * Rodd Redwing as Luis * Whit Bissell as Dr. Edwin Thompson

Henry Mancini ["The Pink Panther" fame] collaborated on the music score with Hans J. Salter and Herman Stein.

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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