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?