The Creature Walks Among Us

Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1955. Revised Final Draft script for the 1956 film. Copy belonging to the script supervisor, Adele Cannon, profusely annotated throughout in holograph ink and pencil. Included is a studio still photograph from the film, featuring the Creature and people in peril.

Third installment in the "Gill-man" series, after "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954) and "Revenge of the Creature" (1955). After a laboratory fire severely damages the Creature's gills, the head of the research team suggests an operation that will allow their subject to breathe air and walk on land. The operations seems successful, until a violent confrontation leaves the Creature badly injured. Alone in alien territory, the Gill-man shuffles off into the sea in anticlimactic resolution.

Where the first two films employed then-genre bending 3D effects, this conclusion to the series was issued in 2D. Champion diver Ricou Browning again portrays the creature in the underwater sequences, and Don Megowan as the land-walker. The Creature is perhaps the most popular of the underwater monsters of cinema, rivaling Wes Craven's "Swamp Thing" (1982).

Set in Florida.

Salmon titled wrappers, noted as FINAL SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, dated August 22, 1955. Title page present, undated, with a credit for screenwriter Ross. 172 leaves, with last page of text numbered 95. Multilith duplication, with yellow, blue, and pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 8/29/55 and 9/22/55, and mimeograph scene annotations on the verso of nearly every page. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two silver screw brads. Photograph Very Good, with staple holes and creases.

Lentz US.

[Book #135819]

Price: $3,500.00