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December 10, 2013

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Universal's 1955 sci-fi film,Tarantula was one of the better entries in the studio's 'giant monster' cycle. Not too many stills of the title creature were released, so here's the best we could do. Anyway, the ad art is way more exciting than the actual finished product! Isn't that usually the case!

Universal’s 1955 sci-fi film, Tarantula, was one of the better entries in the studio’s ‘giant monster’ cycle. Not too many stills of the title creature were released, so here’s the best we could do. Anyway, the ad art is way more exciting than the actual finished product! Isn’t that usually the case!

It’s sci-fi Saturday here at the old Funhouse! We’re celebrating the 1955 Universal Studios classic, Tarantula, with an entertaining picto-feature chock full of rare stills! Enjoy! All photos (c) Universal Pictures

John Agar (l) and local law enforcement attempt to dynamite the oncoming monster. Needless to say, it only gave him a tickle!

John Agar (l) and local law enforcement attempt to dynamite the oncoming monster. Needless to say, it only gave him a tickle!

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SORRY, WRONG NUMBER! Mara Corday takes a call for Leo G. Carroll in a tense scene from Tarantula. Too bad they didn't have cell service then!

SORRY, WRONG NUMBER! Mara Corday takes a call for Leo G. Carroll in a tense scene from Tarantula. Too bad they didn’t have caller ID then!

Long before he achieved pop-culture fame as Mr. Waverly in The Man from UNCLE, actor Leo G. Carroll had a long and distinguished career as one of Hollywood's top character actors. In Tarantula he's professionally slumming a bit, however he gives the outre subject great credibility.

Long before he achieved pop-culture fame as Mr. Waverly in The Man from UNCLE, actor Leo G. Carroll had a long and distinguished career as one of Hollywood’s top character actors. In Tarantula he’s professionally slumming a bit, however he gives the outre subject great credibility.

Here Carroll is on the short end of the stick, at the hands of an experiment gone wrong. That's stuntman Eddie Parker delivering the stranglehold!

Here Carroll is on the short end of the stick, at the hands of an experiment gone wrong. That’s stuntman Eddie Parker delivering the stranglehold!

Agar and some local lawmen survey some of the Tarantula's fury.

Agar and some local lawman survey some of the Tarantula’s fury.

Actress Mara Corday screams in terror at one of the many shocks contained in this entertaining movie.  Corday had a fascinating life with many adventures in and out of show-business. Rumor is she's writing her autobiography---I'm dying to read it!

Actress Mara Corday screams in terror at one of the many shocks contained in this entertaining movie. Corday had a fascinating life with many adventures in and out of show-business. Rumor is she’s writing her autobiography—I’m dying to read it!

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Gotta give these actors credit.....one of the toughest things for them to do is to react to something they can't see. Here the performers cringe in terror at the rampaging Tarantula---even though the effects won't be edited in until months later.

Gotta give these actors credit…..one of the toughest things for them to do is to react to something they can’t see. Here the performers cringe in terror at the rampaging Tarantula—even though the effects won’t be edited in until months later.

Actress Mara Corday was an Universal contract player in the 1950s. The studio threw her into a variety of different films and roles, without making much of a splash. She became friends with fellow-player Clint Eastwood, and the  filmmaker uses her in bit parts in his popular movies. In addition to Tarantula, Corday appeared in the genre classics Black Scorpion and the laughable The Giant Claw. In this film, Corday plays the stereotypical lady scientist who the here can't resist!

Actress Mara Corday was an Universal contract player in the 1950s. The studio threw her into a variety of different films and roles, without making much of a splash. She became friends with fellow-player Clint Eastwood, and the filmmaker uses her in bit parts in his popular movies. In addition to Tarantula, Corday appeared in the genre classics Black Scorpion and the laughable The Giant Claw. In this film, Corday plays the stereotypical lady scientist who the hero can’t resist!






One Comment


  1. Terry L. Michitsch

    Many Thanks. These are wonderful. One of my favorite sci-fi films from the 1950s, the era when I was growing up. I saw this picture when it was new. Still as exciting now as it was then.



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