Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

I watched the Universal-International 1954 3D monster horror film Creature of the Black Lagoon. It was directed by Jack Arnold and produced by William Alland (This Island Earth, It came From Outer Space, Tarantula!, The Deadly Mantis, The Mole People, The Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and the three Creature from the Black Lagoon films). The geology expedition ends up in the Black Lagoon off a tributary of the Amazon. Here they find more than just rocks.

The movie stars Richard Carlson (Hold That Ghost, The Little Foxes, The Magnetic Monster, The Maze, It Came From Outer Space, Riders To The Stars, The Power, The Valley of Gwangi),

Julie Adams (In movies and TV episodes of shows such as Bonanza, The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, The Girl From UNCLE, Mannix, Ironside, The Mod Squad, Night Gallery, McMillan & Wife, The Incredible Hulk, Lost),

Richard Denning (Some Like it Hot, Unknown Island, Target Earth, Air Strike, Creature of the Atom Brain, Day the World Ended, The Black Scorpion, Governor on Hawaii Five-O 1968-1980), Antonio Moreno (Valley of the Sun, Tampico, Captain from Castile, Dallas, Thunder Bay, The Searchers),

Nestor Paiva (Zorro, The Sign of Zorro, Revenge of the Creature) and Whit Bissell (Target Earth, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, The Defiant Ones, The Black Orchid, Monster on the Campus, Never So Few, The Time Machine, The Magnificent Seven,

Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Soylent Green, Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk on the Time Tunnel). Captain Lucas, Nestor Paiva, played a great part and provided most of the movie humor. Ginger Stanley was the stunt woman, from Georgia, that did the swimming, as a double, for actress Julie Adams. Make-up artist  

Bud Westmore took the credit for the creature design but Walt Disney animator Milicent Patrick was the gil-man designer. Jack Kevan, who worked on the Wizard of Oz and made prosthetics for amputees during WWII, created the creatures body suit. The look was based on the Motion Picture Academy Oscar award statue and the head was based on the 17th century creature called a Sea Monk.

Ricou Browning played the gil-man in the underwater creature suit while Ben Chapman performed the creature in the dry land suit. Julia Adams in her white, one piece, bathing suit is unforgettable. I liked this movie and will give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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