Creature from the Black Lagoon

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Time Out says

The routine story - members of a scientific expedition exploring the Amazon discover and are menaced by an amphibious gill man - is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster. Interestingly, the threat is perceived as partly sexual (notably in the scene where the creature swims mesmerised beneath the tightly swimsuited Adams), and thus the film can be seen as a precursor of Jaws.
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1954

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79 mins

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Godfrey Hamilton

And not wishing to sound like a complete plonker, I should add that in my revious comments that I referred to Richard Denning, also in CFTBL, when of course the TO comment I objected to was about Richard Carlson. Except for the role in 'Hawaii 5-0' however, all my comments abour Denning apply equally to Carlson. Except that his screen credits are even more numerous, if you include his work as a director.

Godfrey Hamilton

And not wishing to sound like a complete plonker, I should add that in my revious comments that I referred to Richard Denning, also in CFTBL, when of course the TO comment I objected to was about Richard Carlson. Except for the role in 'Hawaii 5-0' however, all my comments abour Denning apply equally to Carlson. Except that his screen credits are even more numerous, if you include his work as a director.

Godfrey Hamilton

The TO "50 greatest Monster Movies" puts this at No. 19, Well, OK, that's your opinion, What is inexcusable is the comment "No one remembers so-called ‘stars’ like Richard Carlson and Julie Adams," 'So-called', eh? They are both well-remembered by movie fans (and TV fans here in the US; Ms Adams played Stewart's wife in 'The Jimmy Stewart Show' in the early 1970s), She has over 144 credits to her name on imdb.com, and was working as recently as 2008 (she is 83 years old); in fact I have often seen her and stopped for a chat when I'm walking my dog, and she is taking a constitutional stroll, in Griffith Park here in Los Angeles. And the thousands of fans who turn up to cheer & offer standing ovations at the genre conventions haven't forgotten her either. So another example of TOs's glib journalistic laziness bites th dust. Nor was Ms Adams the woman swimming while the Creature swam that haunting aquatic ballet beneath her - she had a swim double for the underwater sequences (whose name escaes me right now but who was somewhat villified for turning up at fan conventions and signing Julie Adams's name on proferred photgraphs). Ricou Browning swam the Creature while Ben Chapman played him on land (Ben died in February 2008). Nor do fans of B -movies, Westerns, Corman-era sci-fi and classic US TV (including 'Hawaii 5-0' in which he played the Governor over the course of 12 years) forget the much-love star - which indeed he was - Richard Denning.

Godfrey Hamilton

The TO "50 greatest Monster Movies" puts this at No. 19, Well, OK, that's your opinion, What is inexcusable is the comment "No one remembers so-called ‘stars’ like Richard Carlson and Julie Adams," 'So-called', eh? They are both well-remembered by movie fans (and TV fans here in the US; Ms Adams played Stewart's wife in 'The Jimmy Stewart Show' in the early 1970s), She has over 144 credits to her name on imdb.com, and was working as recently as 2008 (she is 83 years old); in fact I have often seen her and stopped for a chat when I'm walking my dog, and she is taking a constitutional stroll, in Griffith Park here in Los Angeles. And the thousands of fans who turn up to cheer & offer standing ovations at the genre conventions haven't forgotten her either. So another example of TOs's glib journalistic laziness bites th dust. Nor was Ms Adams the woman swimming while the Creature swam that haunting aquatic ballet beneath her - she had a swim double for the underwater sequences (whose name escaes me right now but who was somewhat villified for turning up at fan conventions and signing Julie Adams's name on proferred photgraphs). Ricou Browning swam the Creature while Ben Chapman played him on land (Ben died in February 2008). Nor do fans of B -movies, Westerns, Corman-era sci-fi and classic US TV (including 'Hawaii 5-0' in which he played the Governor over the course of 12 years) forget the much-love star - which indeed he was - Richard Denning.

Richard Freeman

The Universal Monsters were a lackluster bunch, not nearly as good as Hammer but the Creature from the Black Lagoon is an exception. One of the best screen monsters ever. The Creature recalls H P Lovecrafts' Deep Ones from the story 'Shadow over Innsmouth'.

Richard Freeman

The Universal Monsters were a lackluster bunch, not nearly as good as Hammer but the Creature from the Black Lagoon is an exception. One of the best screen monsters ever. The Creature recalls H P Lovecrafts' Deep Ones from the story 'Shadow over Innsmouth'.