My detailed look at the complete series, including Jeff York as "Mike Fink, King of the River", is in "Walt Disney's 'Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", found at:
The plot has "Captain Fathom" and his crew picking up a strong radioactive signal and going to investigate. They find themselves in an unnamed enemy's waters looking at an atomic bomb. While "Fathom" goes out to set an explosive charge that will blow-up the nuclear weapon harmlessly, remember this in 1955 I'm talking about, his submarine is attacked by others of the enemy.
WALT DISNEY'S "THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE" released on June 8, 1956
Jeffrey Hunter portrayed the Confederate train conductor that spoiled the raid, "William A. Fuller".
Above, Kenneth Tobey as "Anthony Murphy", Jeffrey Hunter, and Slim Pickens as "Pete Bracken" the engineer of the "Texas".
My article on the motion picture and the actual raid, "The Andrews Civil War Raid: 'The Great Locomotive Chase' in Motion Pictures", will be found at:
My reader could not miss Don Megowan when:
Jeff Morrow starred as "Dr. William Barton". Morrow had just been seen in an episode of televisions "Schlitz Playhouse", entitled, "The Finger of God", and would follow this film with the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1956, "Pardners", their last as a team. My article, "Jeff Morrow an Icon of 1950's Science Fiction: This Island Earth, KRONOS, and The Giant Claw", is ready to be read at:
Rex Reason portrayed "Dr. Thomas Morgan". Reason was just in the 1956 Western, "Raw Edge", and would follow this feature with an appearance on the television series, "The Millionaire", "The Olivia Granger Story".
Above, Rex Reason and Jeff Morrow with Don Megowan portraying the "Land Version" of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon".
Both the story and screenplay were by the writing team of Robert E. Kent, and James B. Gordon, 1956's, "Rock Around the Clock", and the racketeering "Inside Detroit".
Don Megowan portrayed "Sheriff Jack Haines". He would follow this motion picture with an episode of televisions "Warner Brothers Presents", entitled, "Strange World", but other than the names of the cast without the roles they played. There appears to be no on-line plot description.
Steven Ritch portrayed "Duncan Marsh" aka: "The Werewolf". Ritch was basically a television actor and "B" Western and Drama actor. As a writer, among his work are four episodes on Mike Connors' 1959 television show "Tightrope", and eleven episodes of "Wagon Train".
Amnesiac "Duncan Marsh" walks into the small town of "Mountaincrest" on a cold-winters night looking for somebody who might know him. What happens next is "Marsh", beautifully played by Ritch, goes into a bar asking that question and is followed out by the town thug, "Joe Mitchell", played by Charles Horvath, who demands money. Instead of money, "Mitchell" is met by the werewolf of the film's title.
GUN THE MAN DOWN released on November 15, 1956
starring The Great Star of TV's "GUNSMOKE" JAMES ARNESS
Besides "Gunsmoke", in 1956, James Arness had fifth billing in the motion picture, "The First Traveling Sales Lady", starring Ginger Rodgers, Barry Nelson, and Carol Channing. I would point out that Arness' good friend, John Wayne, turned down the role of "Marshall Matt Dillon" and recommend him for the role.
Above, James Arness as "Remington 'Rem' Anderson", with a member of the "John Ford Stock Company" and John Wayne acting buddy, Harry Carey, Jr. as "Deputy Sheriff Lee".
Second, this motion picture was co-produced and directed by the unknown, Andrew V. McLagen, the son of Wayne's friend from the "John Ford Stock Company", Victor McLagen. Andrew would go on to direct John Wayne in, 1968's, "The Hellfighters", 1969's, "The Undefeated", 1970's, "Chisum", 1973's, and "Cahill, U.S. Marshall".
Third, is that the motion picture was from "Batjac Productions", co-owned by John Wayne.
James Arness' co-star was Angie Dickinson, who portrayed "Janice". Except for eighth billing in the forgotten 1955 Western, "The Return of Jack Slade", up until this time, small television roles were the actress's main on-screen income. In 1959, director Howard Hawks cast Dickinson in "Rio Bravo", starring John Wayne, and her career got a jump start. She also became the only "Official" female member of her other co-star, Dean Martin's friend Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack".
The plot is an old one, three men hold-up a bank, but two, "Matt Rankin", played by Robert Wilke, and "Ralph Farley", leave their wounded partner, "Rem Anderson", who serves time in prison and is now seeking revenge.
Two more television shows later and look for Don Megowan as a "Police Officer" in Jerry Lewis' first motion picture without Dean Martin, 1957's, "The Delicate Delinquent", far right below opposite co-star Darren McGavin.
Next, a pair of Chicago hitmen show-up and seemed to be looking for the same thing as two narcotic detectives that searched her apartment. Added to "Lynn's" confusion is "Bill Brennon", "T.J.'s" brother, a Kansas Police Officer. who received a telegram from his brother asking for help! Bill will learn that everyone is looking for a stash of heroin hidden somewhere in "Lynn" and "T.J's" apartment.
Don Megowan went to Italy to be in a motion picture about building railroads in 1860 Italy:
West German actress Hildergard Kneff portrayed the "Duchess of Parma, Maria Louisa di Borbone". Kneff was known to Americans for the Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, and Ava Garnder, 1952, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", and the U.K.'s, 1954 version of "Svengali".
Don Megowan portrayed American railroad construction engineer "Clint Farrell". In this picture he helps the "Duchess" build a railroad against strong opposition.
IL TERRORE DEI MARI (THE TERROR OF THE SEAS) aka: THE GUNS OF THE BLACK WITCH released in Italy on February 24, 1961
In typical "B" movie fashion going back to Douglas Fairbanks, Sr's., 1926, "The Black Pirate".
THE CREATION OF THE HUMANOIDS released July 3, 1962
The was the last motion picture make-up artist Jack Pierce worked on and reflects the low budget of the production. Pierce created Boris Karloff's make-ups for 1931's, "Frankenstein" and 1932's, "The Mummy", along with Lon Chaney, Jr's, 1941, "The Wolf Man", among others. My article, "Jack P. Pierce the Man Who Created Monsters", is available for reading at:
The motion picture was produced and directed by Wesley Barry, who started as an actor in 1915.
The original story and screenplay were by Jay Simmons, 1959's, "The Killer Shrews" and "The Giant Gila Monster". Besides this screenplay that was erroneously credited as 1962, he wrote the very good Atomic War aftermath film, 1962's, "Panic in Year Zero", starring Ray Milland, Frankie Avalon and Jean Hagen.
No matter when this little motion picture was made, it used the medium of Science Fiction to get around a 1950's, 1960's, motion picture taboo, racial prejudice. The picture did very well in the "Deep South", compared, for example, to 1964's, "Black Like Me", the true story of white reporter "John Howard Griffin", played by James Whitmore. Who had his skin medically changed to black to see what it was like to be black in the same south and was banned in most Southern States, because of the picture's racial inequality issues!
Don Megowan portrayed "Captain Kenneth Cragis". He had just been in an episode of televisions "77 Sunset Strip", entitled, "Flight from Escondido", and was co-starring with Cameron Mitchell on the 1962 television series, "The Beachcomber".
Erica Elliott portrayed "Maxine Megan". This was her third of only four on-screen appearances.
Francis McCann portrayed "Esme Cragis Milos". She had only one other on-screen appearance and that was back in 1951, on the television program of 1940's radio comedian Jerry Colona.
David Cross portrayed "Pax". This was his final on-screen appearance of nineteen, his others were all on different television programs since 1955.
Mankind has built blue gray, "synthie-skinned", silver eyed, bald, androids to wait upon them, but these "Humanoids" are taking on real human qualities and this is where the racial prejudice allegory comes in. The "Humanoids" routinely have to be recharged at stations they visit and refer to as their "Temples", that are all connected to a computer they call "The Father-Mother".
Adding to the Captain's problem is that his widowed sister, "Esmie", has fallen in love with "Pax", a "Humanoid". At this same time, "Cragis" meets "Maxine", a woman who opposes the "Order", but he's strangely drawn to her and the two fall in love.
In the final scene of the picture, "Dr. Raven" walks toward the camera and breaks "The Fourth Wall", the invisible wall that should be where the audience is viewing his laboratory and states that:
Of course, the operation was a success....or you wouldn't be here.
For the next three years Don Megowan appeared on ten different television shows and then became what some film critic called a rip-off the "James Bond Villain Odd-Job" in:
TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD released on July 1, 1966
This is formula Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan" but moved from Africa to Mexico and a hidden Aztec city supposedly covered in gold.
Ex-Pittsburg Steeler, Los Angeles Ram's football player turned actor, Mike Henry portrayed "Tarzan". He would follow this picture with 1967's, "Tarzan and the Big River", and 1968's, "Tarzan and the Jungle Boy".
David Opatoshu portrayed "Augustus Vinero". Character actor Opatoshu was just in Alfred Hitchcock's 1966's, "Torn Curtain", starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews, and followed this movie with the 1966, Montgomery Clift, "The Defector".
Nancy Kovack portrayed "Sophia Renault". She portrayed "Nellie Bly" in Elvis Presley's 1966, "Frankie and Johnny" and was "Medea" in Ray Harryhausen's 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts".
Above, Don Megowan, Nancy Kovack and David Opatoshu.
The basic plot has "Augustus Vinero" using the boy to lead him and his mercenaries led by "Mr. Train" to the lost Aztec city and enslaving the people to mine the gold. It is up to "Tarzan", who is portrayed as Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the character as a very intelligent and clear speaking person, to stop him.
SCREAM OF THE WOLF made-for-television and first shown on ABC, January 16, 1974
Local adventure writer and hunter, "John Wetherby", played by Peter Graves, is brought in by the local sheriff to investigate a series of murders by a wild animal. This will lead "Wetherby" to reclusive big game hunter, "Byron Douglas", played by Clint Walker. The question confronting "Wetherby" is, are the locals dealing with a werewolf and is it "Douglas"? Don Megowan portrayed "Byron Douglas'" assistant "Grant".