|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
|Born||Carl J. Williams
September 2, 1932
|Died||August 4, 1988(aged 55)|
Carl Monson (September 2, 1932 - August 4, 1988) aka Carlos Monsoya, Charles Monsoya and Nosnom Lrak, was at the forefront of independent low budget sexploitation/grindhouse films or paracinema during the 1970s and 1980s. He is most well known for Blood Legacy (1971), Booby Trap (1973) and Death Feud (1986).
Monson got his start at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse’s school of theatre, known as the Hollywood “Star Factory.” In 1964, with his first wife Laura Shelton, he founded the Curtain Call Theater in North Hollywood, a critically acclaimed invitational playhouse run by professional actors on a cooperative basis. The Curtain Call Theater was one of the first legitimate theatres to open in the NoHo Arts District which is now considered Hollywood's theatre district.
In addition to working in theatre, Monson also directed and wrote screenplays for low-budget sexploitation and grind house films during the 1970s and 1980s. He is most well known for Blood Legacy(1971), A Scream in the Streets (1973) and Savage Harbor (1987). He also founded and worked out of Bumblebee Productions with his second wife, Tricia Kross. He worked out of Bumblebee Productions until his death from heart failure August 4, 1988.
- aka Savage Harbor(1986), Screenwriter/Actor: Harold/Director/Producer
- (1973), Director/Producer
- aka 10 Seconds to Murder(1973), Actor:Jack Brennan/Assoc. Producer
- (1972), as Carlos Monsoya, Actor: Laura's Husband/Director
- (1972), Actor: Officer O'Columbus/Director/Producer
- aka Legacy of Blood(1971), Screenwriter/Director/Producer
- aka The Acid People(1968), Screenwriter
Monson's first wife was Laura Shelton (1935-2008) aka Carol Monson (born Carol Jean Ready on September 5, 1935 in Eastland, Texas). She was a frequent guest star on several popular 1960s television series including “Wagon Train,” “Harrigan and Son,” “The Detectives” starring Robert Taylor, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Have Gun, Will Travel” and “Death Valley Days.” Carl and Laura had two children; Clay Monson (who makes a cameo appearance in Death Feud) and Cristen Monson Susong (a Broadway performer). Shelton and Monson divorced in 1973.
Shelton's Life and Career
Ms. Shelton was born to Beth Allene Judkins and Mack Ready, and was adopted by Hubert Haskell Shelton as a small child shortly after her mother remarried. Raised primarily in El Paso, Texas, she graduated from Austin High School in 1953. Ms. Shelton was married briefly to classmate Frank Grimmer while attending Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso). After divorcing and winning a contest to appear on a television game show, Ms. Shelton was offered a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse where her contemporaries included Oscar-winner Gene Hackman and Rue McClanahan. Ms Shelton was one of the last "Hollywood Debutantes" selected by the industry and presented at the Hollywood Debutant Ball by Joan Crawford and Bob Hope. While at Pasadena Playhouse, she met and married actor/director Carl J. Monson. In 1964, with Carl, she founded the Curtain Call Theater in North Hollywood. In addition to working in the theater throughout the 1960s, Ms. Shelton focused on her television career as Laura Shelton and her two children, Clay Monson born 1964, and Cristen Monson Susong born 1969. Her last stage appearance was as Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music starring Oscar-nominated Anne Blyth for Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars in 1969. After her marriage to Monson ended in 1973, Ms. Shelton moved from California back to El Paso to provide a home for her children.
Shelton's Selected TV Work
- There Was Another Dalton Brother (1964), Emmy Johnson
- The Red Petticoat (1961)
- The matchmakers (1963), Marsha Carson
- Jed Becomes a Banker (1963) Secretary
FBI Code 98 (Feature Film 1963), Anita Davidson
- The Queen of Craven Point (1961), Nancy
- Personal Enemy (1961), Darlene
- The Baby Sitter (1961), Mona Cries
- The Case of the Missing Case (1961), Fern Williams
- The Luke Grant Story (1960), Chris
- Carl Monson at the Internet Movie Database
- Laura Shelton at the Internet Movie Database
- Something Weird: http://www.somethingweird.com/ Popular online resource for Sexploitation movies]