Women Meet Monsters

Actress Julie Adams died on 2/3/19 at age 92.  She had 149 film credits from her work in movies and television and was busy from 1949 into the 21stcentury. She worked with many stars (eg, Jimmy Stewart, Rock Hudson , Elvis Presley).  On television, she appeared regularly on “Murder, she Wrote” with Angela Lansbury.  She also was seen on Perry Mason and westerns (eg, Maverick).

But she was best remembered for her role as the endangered heroine in 1954’s “Creature from  the Black Lagoon.”  (see below)



 It was a surprise hit with the public, especially a 7 year old boy, named Guillermo del Toro.  He said: “The creature was the most beautiful design I’d ever seen. I loved that the creature was in love with her and I felt a desire for them to end up together.”  (In the 1954 film, the merman was driven away by heroes Richard Carlson and Richard Denning. However, he returned in 2 sequels.) It wasn’t until the 2017 film, “The Shape of Water”, that any sympathy for the creature was felt by the female star, Sally Hawkins (a best actress nominee).

Once again in the new film, the creature was misunderstood and mistreated ….until it and its love (Ms. Hawkins) overcame the real evil: men.  Finally, good (and love) won out over true evil.  It took 4 films and more than 60 years for movie makers and goers to change their attitude toward men with gills.  The not-doomed-this-time lovers brought in almost $200 million and Oscars for the Film and director.

For a side by side comparison of creatures (see below).



 But, perhaps, a better picture of the girl friend and her finned fellow can be seen in these two pictures: Ms. Adams in black and white (see below),


and Ms. Hawkins and lover in color and underwater.  (see below)



Perhaps the 2017 film may also have a sequel.  Entitled: where are they now?

About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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