Revenge of the Creature

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Revenge of the Creature
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Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by William Alland
Written by Story:
William Alland
Screenplay:
Martin Berkeley
Starring John Agar
Lori Nelson
Music by Henry Mancini
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates March 23, 1955 (Denver premiere)[1]
May 13, 1955 (general release)[2]
Running time 82 min
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.1 million (US)[3]

Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, being the only 3-D film released in 1955 and the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film. It premiered in Denver on March 23, 1955[1] and a 2-D sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us, followed it in 1956.

Although it has been broadcast on television in red-and-blue-glasses anaglyph form (e.g., in 1982 in the San Francisco Bay area), it was originally shown in theaters by the polarized light method and viewed through glasses with gray polarizing filters.

In 1997, it was aired as an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which mocked the film and is also Clint Eastwood's film debut.

Plot[edit]

Having survived being riddled with bullets at the end of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Gill-man is captured and sent to the Ocean Harbor Oceanarium in Florida, where he is studied by animal psychologist Professor Clete Ferguson and ichthyology student Helen Dobson. Helen and Clete quickly begin to fall in love, much to the chagrin of Joe Hayes, the Gill-man's keeper. The Gill-man takes an instant liking to Helen, which severely hampers Professor Ferguson's efforts to communicate with him. Ultimately, the Gill-man escapes from his tank, killing Joe in the process, and flees to the open ocean. Unable to stop thinking about Helen, he soon begins to stalk her and Ferguson, ultimately abducting her from a seaside restaurant where the two are at a party. Clete tries to give chase, but the Gill-man escapes to the water with his captive. Clete and police arrive and when the creature surfaces police riddle his body with bullets and Clete saves Helen.

Featured cast[edit]

Actor Role
John Agar Prof. Clete Ferguson
Lori Nelson Helen Dobson
John Bromfield Joe Hayes
Nestor Paiva Lucas
Grandon Rhodes Jackson Foster
Dave Willock Lou Gibson
Robert Williams George Johnson
Charles Cane Police Captain
Robert F. Hoy Charlie
Brett Halsey Pete
Ricou Browning Gillman (Underwater)
Tom Hennesy Gillman (Land and in water)
Jere A. Beery, Sr. News Photographer (tank side)
Patsy Lee Beery Girl Necking in Car
Clint Eastwood Lab Technician (Uncredited)

Production notes[edit]

Ginger Stanley did underwater stunts in the first two movies.

Marineland of Florida played the part of the film's Ocean Harbor Oceanarium.[4]

The Lobster House restaurant where the Creature kidnaps Lori Nelson was located in Jacksonville, FL. It was destroyed by fire in 1962. The Diamondhead Restaurant (now the River City Brewing Co.) was built adjacent to the site where the old Lobster House once stood. Friendship Park was built on the vacant land near where the Lobster House stood.

During the attack by the Creature on the Lobster House, a clock hangs above the entrance that suddenly jumps ahead two hours during the Creature's attack. This is a continuity error resulting from the heat from the production equipment tripping the sprinkler system in the restaurant shortly after the scene started. The extras, mostly workers from the nearby Independent Life Insurance Company, were drenched, along with the production equipment, and the extras had to go home and change while the equipment was dried, which resulted in the time difference.

The St. Johns River stood in for the Amazon in this movie.

This film is the first screen role for Clint Eastwood, who appears uncredited as a lab technician named "Jennings" early in the story. He is shown having a discussion with Professor Ferguson, accusing a test subject cat of eating a lab rat, only to find that his character had in fact accidentally put the lab rat in his lab coat pocket.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Furmanek, Bob and Kintz, Greg. (circa 2012). "An In-Depth Look at Creature from the Black Lagoon" (3dfilmarchive.com). Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  2. ^ . Ica Bokförlag. p. 283. ISBN 978-91-534-3535-8.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  4. ^ [1] The Internet Movie Database: Entry for Revenge of the Creature filming locations

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