Loneliness of the Long Distance Swimmer: “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)

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     With the discovery of traces of a previously unknown species on the banks of an Amazonian lagoon, a team of scientists embarks upon the usual expedition armed with a beautiful and shapely woman who serves no apparent function except to act as a romantic irritant between the two typically dashing scientists, and an assortment of generic crewmen who will be easily disposable according to the needs of the script, but who also don’t seem to serve any genuine function as their absence does not hamper the progress of the expedition one whit. Welcome to Anthropology 101, Hollywood-style.  Jack Arnold’s film has all of the location exoticism on would expect of a backlot production which never moved closer to the Equator than the Sunshine State, though there is an inherently otherworldly quality suggested by the primitive vastness of the very idea of the Amazon (as opposed to darkest Africa which thanks to the abundance of Tarzan, Jungle Jim and Bomba pictures has seen its mythic luster faded with over-familiarity) which the picture is able to substantially capitalize on, especially with the emergence of the impressively imagined title creature.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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2 Responses to Loneliness of the Long Distance Swimmer: “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)

  1. penchymd says:

    Wow!  Interesting.  What 8 year old would have thought of this.  Read it.   Thanks Mark

    >________________________________ > From: CHANDLER SWAIN REVIEWS >To: penchymd@yahoo.com >Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 1:54 PM >Subject: [New post] “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) > > > > WordPress.com >chandlerswainreviews posted: ”      With the discovery of traces of a previously unknown species on the banks of an Amazonian lagoon, a team of scientists embarks upon the usual expedition armed with a beautiful and shapely woman who serves no apparent function except to act as a rom” >

  2. Cliff Burns says:

    Your generous words toward director Jack Arnold are much appreciated. Arnold, as you pointed out, managed to impart dignity and some degree of humanity to what often amounted to “B” or “C” level material. But with at least three films–“Incredible Shrinking Man”, “Tarantula” and “It Came From Outer Space”, he succeeded at creating some solid, credible fantasy that doesn’t insult your intelligence. Let’s not forget, he was also the director of “The Mouse That Roared”, a sweet little charmer in its own right. I only recently became aware that Arnold learned his craft under legendary documentary film-maker Robert Flaherty, which also adds to his luster.

    Hard to believe the man ended his career working in television, on shows like “The Brady Bunch”. What a waste…

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