Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)
Released in 1966: A mad doctor experimenting on Texas swamp people to learn the secrets of evolution turns a lady visitor into a killer swamp creature.
Produced by Larry Buchanan
Directed by Larry Buchanan
Written by Tony Huston
The Actors: John Agar (Barry Rogers), Francine York (Pat Trent), Jeff Alexander (Doctor Simond Trent), Shirley McLine (Brenda Simmons), Cal Duggan (Ritchie), Charles McLine (Rabbit Simms, swamp guide), Bill McGhee (Tracker, laboratory guard), Ted Mitchell (Valjean, Trent's assistant), Roger Ready (Frenchie, bartender), Bill Thurman (Driscoll West and the Swamp Creature), Tony Huston (Tom), Gayle Johnson (Mura), Michael Tolden (elderly father), Annabelle Weenick (hotel clerk), Patrick Cranshaw (pilot), J.V. Lee (brother killed in opening scene), Naomi Bruton (Marcie, housemaid)
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Shirley Temple and the Swamp Creature
Child movie star Shirley Temple was seventeen years old in 1945. John Agar, the leading man in this movie, was twenty-four years old. Their wedding was on September 19, 1945 at what is today the Wilshire United Methodist Church. The church was packed with famous Hollywood guests, and the streets outside the church for blocks around were gridlocked by the traffic of Shirley Temple’s fans wanting a glimpse of America’s Sweetheart and the man she married.
John Agar’s sister was a schoolmate of Shirley Temple, and after he escorted Shirley to a party they fell in love and were soon married. Shirley’s movie producer/boss David O. Selznick gave Shirley’s new husband a studio contract that included acting lessons, and he appeared in a few movies with Shirley Temple, John Wayne, and Henry Fonda.
Five years later the marriage broke up and so did John Agar’s star movie career. He continued acting in ‘B’ movies, and was eventually type-cast in sci-fi and horror flicks like this one. He supposedly said once that a lot of the pictures he made were not released. . . . . They escaped. This is one of those movies that escaped, because my research cannot find a release date or a date that it was first broadcast on television in 1966.
In this made-for-television story he is an oil geologist on the hunt for oil in the swamplands of Texas. This leads to that and he encounters an insane doctor who is experimenting with the local swamp folk to reverse evolution by turning a human into a swamp creature. Like most of the low-budget movies from the 1960’s, this story is not great cinema, but it is great fun to watch. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
J.V. Lee and Jeff Alexander
Jeff Alexander and Ted Mitchell
John Agar and Francine York
Roger Ready and Shirley McLine
Shirley McLine and Bill Thurman