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 Herman Stein
Cinematography Charles S. Welbourne
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Production
company
Universal-International
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 23, 1955 (1955-03-23)
(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]
Ricou Browning played the "Gill Man" in the underwater scenes of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).

Revenge of the Creature (a.k.a. Return of the Creature and Return of the Creature from the Black Lagoon) is the first of two Universal-International sequels to Creature from the Black Lagoon. It was the only 3D film released in 1955 and the only 3D sequel to a 3D film released during "the golden age of 3D". Produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, the film stars John Agar and Lori Nelson. It marked Clint Eastwood's film debut.

Revenge of the Creature premiered in Denver on March 23, 1955[1] and a "flat", non-3D sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us, followed in 1956. Revenge was released as a double feature with Cult of the Cobra.

Plot[edit]

Having previously survived being riddled with bullets, the Gill-man is captured and sent to the Ocean Harbor Oceanarium in Florida, where he is studied by animal psychologist Professor Clete Ferguson (John Agar) and ichthyology student Helen Dobson (Lori Nelson). Helen writes a journal entry about the Gill-man that is dated 7/10/1954.

Helen and Clete quickly begin to fall in love, much to the chagrin of Joe Hayes (John Bromfield), the Gill-man's keeper. The Gill-man takes an instant liking to Helen, which severely hampers Clete'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, the Gill-man soon begins to stalk her and Clete, 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 just in time and when the creature surfaces, police shoot him as Clete saves Helen.

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 Gill-man (Underwater)
Tom Hennesy Gill-man (Land and in water)
Jere A. Beery, Sr. News Photographer (tank side)
Patsy Lee Beery Girl Necking in Car
Clint Eastwood Lab Technician Jennings (Uncredited)

Production[edit]

Ginger Stanley did underwater stunts in the first two Creature films.

Using the working titles of Return of the Creature and Return of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, filming took place at Marineland of Florida which played the part of the film's Ocean Harbor Oceanarium. The St. Johns River stood in for the Amazon in the film.[4]

The Lobster House restaurant where the Creature kidnaps Lori Nelson was located in Jacksonville, Florida. 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.[5]

Revenge of the Creature marks the screen debut of 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 the rat in his lab coat pocket.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critically reviewed in The New York Times, Revenge of the Creature was dismissed as a fourth-rate sequel with the comment, "... away we go, as before." Other than some interesting sequences involving the setting, "What is probably the most unusual aquarium in the world makes a nice, picturesque background indeed ..." the review was dismissive of the production.[6][7]

Although Revenge of the Creature 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. A "flat" version without 3D was also released.[8]

In 1997, Revenge of the Creature was mocked in an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.[9]

Home media[edit]

Universal released Revenge of the Creature on DVD in a boxed set, along with Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Creature Walks Among Us. A bonus behind-the-scenes documentary was added for the set. The film was re-released on Blu Ray, along with both other films in the "Creature" trilogy.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Furmanek, Bob and Greg Kintz. "An In-Depth Look at Creature from the Black Lagoon." 3dfilmarchive.com, 2012. Retrieved: November 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Schickel 2012, p. 283.
  3. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  4. ^ "Locations: 'Revenge of the Creature' (1955)." The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved: July 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Former site of The Lobster House (Jacksonville, Florida); destroyed." Wikimapia. Retrieved: July 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Thompson, Howard, H. "Movie review: 'Revenge of the Creature' (1955); Gill Is loose, again." The New York Times, May 14, 1955.
  7. ^ Weaver et al. 2014, p. 205.
  8. ^ Weaver et al. 2014, p. 203.
  9. ^ "Episode Guide: 801- Revenge of the Creature". Satellite News. Retrieved March 17, 2018.

Bibliography

  • Schickel, Richard. Clint: A Retrospective. New York: Sterling, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4027-9704-0.
  • Warren, Bill. Keep Watching the Skies, American Science Fiction Movies of the 50s, Vol. I: 1950 - 1957. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 1982. ISBN 0-89950-032-3.
  • Weaver, Tom, David Schecter and Steve Kronenberg. The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc., 2014. ISBN 978-0-7864-9418-7.

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