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Plot: A volcano releases giant scorpions which terrorize Mexico.
Prod: Frank Melford (Massacre River)
Henry Scott / Richard Denning (H01-The Day the World Ended)
Trivia: EDWARD LUDWIG also directed John Wayne in the sea adventure Wake of the Red Witch, which featured the rubber octopus which Ed Wood used in 423-BRIDE OF THE MONSTER. Other Ludwig films include The Fighting Seabees; and That Certain Age.
WILLIS O'BRIEN (1886-1962) is called the Father of Movie Stop Motion Animation and was sfx-wizard Ray Harryhausen's mentor. Other O'Brien-effects films include: 1924-The Lost World; 1933-King Kong; Son of Kong; 1935-The Last Days of Pompeii; 1949-Mighty Joe Young; and 1956-The Animal World.
Beautiful, exotic MARA CORDAY plays the typical love interest of the 1950's sci-fi flicks here in THE BLACK SCORPION. She was a contract player at Universal, but she was weary of action pictures, Westerns, and sci-fi like 1955's Tarantula. Corday was dropped by the studio after she refused to appear in The Incredible Shrinking Man and belittled the script for her proposed next project, 804-THE DEADLY MANTIS. (Actress Alix Talton took the role instead). When she saw on the screen exactly how awful 1957's The Giant Claw was, she semi-retired from film and concentrated on TV roles, mostly Westerns. Mara Corday was married to actor Richard Long (TV's Big Valley), who died in 1974. She's been working with her oldest son on his project to have a Big Valley reunion TV-movie, in which Linda Evans (star of 512-MITCHELL) and Lee Majors have expressed interest. Fans interested in an autographed photo can write her at P.O. Box 800393, Valencia, CA 91355.
Last Updated: 6/20/1999
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