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Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster horror 3-D film in black-and-white and directed by Jack Arnold.

The Creature was played by Ben Chapman on land and by Ricou Browning underwater. It premiered in Detroit on February 12 and was released on a regional basis, opening on various dates.

Creature from the Black Lagoon was filmed in 3-D and originally projected by the polarized light method. The audience wore viewers with gray polarizing filters, similar to the viewers most commonly used today.

Because the brief 1950s 3-D movie fad had peaked in mid-1953 and was fading fast in early 1954, many audiences actually saw the film "flat", in 2-D; typically, it was shown in 3-D in large downtown theaters and flat in smaller neighborhood theaters.

In 1975, Creature from the Black Lagoon was re-released to theaters in the inferior "red-and-blue-glasses" anaglyph 3-D format, which was also used for a 1980 home video release on Beta and VHS videocassettes.

The film is considered a classic of the 1950s and generated two sequels: "Revenge of the Creature" (1955), which was also filmed and released in 3-D in hopes of reviving the format, and "The Creature Walks Among Us" (1956), filmed in 2-D.

The creature, also known as the "Gill-Man", is usually counted among the classic Universal Monsters. Wikipedia

Initial Release: Feb 12, 1954
Awards: None

The Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954
The Creature from Black Lagoon 1954

IMDB Rating: 7

Starring: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

Director: Jack Arnold

Writers: Harry Essex (Screenplay) Arthur A. Ross (Screenplay) ,

Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Description: A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Plot Summery: [Spoiler Alert!]

After Dr. Carl Maia finds unique skeletal remains, a group of scientists led by David Reed head down the Amazon to see if other remains can be found.

They have little luck at first until they are told that further down river is the Black Lagoon where other fossils might be found.

They get more than they bargained for however when they discover a living prehistoric creature - a half-man, half amphibious reptile that doesn't take kindly to their attempts to capture him.

The creature does take a liking to Kay Lawrence and kidnaps her but the scientists are soon at war with the creature when it won't let them leave the lagoon.

Written by garykmcd