Her name was Catherine N. Downs and she would portray the title role in one of director John Ford's classic westerns, but Hollywood can be a moody place and in a moment a rising star becomes tarnished. This is her journey to a sort of 1950's science fiction cult status.
Catherine N. Downs was born on March 3, 1926, in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York. Catherine's parents were James Nelson Downs and Edna Elizabeth Newman Downs. I could not locate anything about Cathy's early life other than sometime prior to 1944, Cathy Downs became a model for the Walter Thornton Agency.
Above is part of an ad for Walter Clarence Thornton's modeling agency. On the above ad are three of his models, Elizabeth Scott, Cathy Downs, and Susan Hayward. His other models included Lauren Bacall, Peggy Ann Gardner, Arlene Dahl, and Dorothy McGuire. Thornton's male models included Joseph Cotton and Brian Donlevy.
Cathy Downs was brought to Hollywood by a talent agent for "20th Century Fox" in 1944. She first appeared in 1945's, "Diamond Horseshoe", produced by Broadway producer Billy Rose, and starring Betty Grable, and Dick Haymes. Cathy Downs's, uncredited role had the interesting sounding name of "Miss Cream Puff".
Two more uncredited roles followed, and then sixth-billing, in a major "20th Century Fox" production.
THE DARK CORNER released on May 8, 1946
The screenplay was based upon a serial story by writer Leo Rosten in "Good Housekeeping" magazine.
Lucille Ball, this was an excellent example of her pre-comedy dramatic acting, portrayed "Kathleen Stewart". The role was to have been for Ida Lupino, but she had previous commitments and Lucille Ball was borrowed from MGM. Ball had just been seen in the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, 1945, "Without Love", and followed this feature with the crime drama, 1946's, "Two Smart People", co-starring John Hodiak, and directed by Jules Dassin.
According to Harold N. Pomainville, in his 2016, "Henry Hathaway: The Lives of a Hollywood Director":
Early into the shoot, it was obvious to Hathaway that Ball was not concentrating on her job. After she flubbed her lines one time too many, Hathaway embarrassed her before her peers by ordering her to leave the set and actually read the script.
"Kathleen Stewart" is considered one of Lucille Ball's best dramatic roles and she did apology to Henry Hathaway over her conduct.
The story is a typically complicated, or not, film-noir. Private Investigator "Bradford Galt" has reasons to leave Los Angeles and moves to New York City. However, L.A. follows him, or has it? "Galt" had blamed his partner "Tony Jardine" for whatever it was that drove him from Los Angeles and now he is being followed by a thug in a white suit named "Fred Foss". Is he tied to "Jardine", or is someone else after "Galt"?
Other questions the ex-Los Angeles private eye is asking himself, why is "New York Police Lieutenant Frank Reeves", portrayed by Reed Hadley, hounding him? What might be the connection of wealthy art gallery owner, "Hardy Cathcart"? Where does "Cathcart" play in what seems to be turning into a conspiracy to frame "Bradford Galt" for murder, but again the question is why?
Helping her boss figure out the why, is his street, smart, sharp witted, secretary "Kathleen Stewart"
After modeling clothing in 1946's, "Do You Love Me", Cathy Downs found herself portraying the title character in a big budget western for "20th Century Fox".
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE released on December 3, 1946
"20th Century Fox" had already made a motion picture based upon author Stuart N. Lake's. 1931 novel, "Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal". The studios 1939 movie, "Frontier Marshal", starred Randolph Scott as "Wyatt Earp", and Cesar Romero as "Doc Holliday". Now the studio wanted to remake the story. Both "Frontier Marshal", and this motion picture, are part of my article about the real 30-second gunfight and the movie versions through March 2015, "The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral' as Reinvented By Hollywood", saddle-up for Tombstone, Arizona, at:
John Ford was the new versions director. Being fully credited as Captain John Ford, U.S.N.R. (United States Navy Reserve), he had just released 1945's, "They Were Expendable". John Ford's next feature film would be 1947's, "The Fugitive", starring Henry Fonda, Dolores Del Rio, and Pedro Armendarez.
For those of my readers interested in the director, my three other articles, as of this writing, are:
"John Wayne in John Ford's CAVALRY TRILOGY: 'Fort Apache' 1948, 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' 1949, and 'Rio Grande' 1950", found at:
"The Three Godfathers': A Christmas Allegory Interpreted By John Ford, William Wyler, Richard Boleslawski and Edward Le Saint", found at:
"Comparing John Ford's 1939 'Stagecoach' to the 1966 and 1986 Remakes", ride to Lordsburg, at:
Above, John Ford and cinematographer Joseph McDonald film a scene with Cathy Downs.
Henry Fonda portrayed "Wyatt Earp". Fonda had just been seen in director William "Wild Bill" A. Wellman's classic western, 1943's, "The Ox-Bow Incident". He would follow this feature with director Anatole Litvak's film-noir, 1947's, "The Long Night', co-starring with Barbara Bel Geddes and Vincent Price. For those of a more literary bent, my article, "John Steinbeck, John Ford, Henry Fonda and Woody Guthrie: 'Tom Joad!", can be read at:
Linda Darnell portrayed "Chihuahua". The actress had just co-starred with Jeanne Crain, and Cornel Wilde in director Otto Preminger's production of composer Jerome Kern's, 1946, "Centennial Summer". She would follow this feature film with Otto Preminger's, 1947, "Forever Amber", co-starring with Cornel Wilde and Richard Greene.
Walter Brennan portrayed "Old Man Clanton". Just prior to this role, Brennan was seen in 1946's, "Centennial Summer", the actor next appeared in the John Garfield and Geraldine Fitzgerald's, 1946, film-noir, "Nobody Lives Forever".
John Ireland portrayed "Billy Clanton". This was the actor's fifth motion picture appearance and he had just been seen in the action comedy, 1946's, "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog", and followed this motion picture with a role in the June Haver and John Payne, 1946 family adventure, "Wake Up and Dream". My article, "John Ireland: Westerns, Film-Noirs, A Little McCarthyism and a Few Affairs", can be explored at:
Outside of Tombstone, the "Earp's" bed the cattle down for the night, and "James" is left to guard the herd as his three older brothers go into town to gamble and drink. "Indian Charlie", portrayed by Charles Stevens, is drunk and shooting at people. The brothers now learn that Tombstone is a town without a marshal, but "Wyatt" offers the "Mayor", portrayed by Roy Roberts, to get "Charlie" and put him in the jail. After he does this, and learning his name, the "Mayor" offers "Wyatt Earp" the marshal position, but is turned down. Returning to the camp, the brothers find the cattle stolen and "James" dead. "Wyatt" returns to town and takes the position of "Marshal of Tombstone", Arizona.
Entering the saloon during a heavy rain storm, as "Wyatt" is walking out as the new town marshal, is "Old Man Clanton" and his sons, and they discover the cowboy has taken the marshal's job.
"Clanton" is obviously uneasy upon hearing the name and leaves with his men.
The first part of the storyline has been set-up.
Next, "Wyatt", a gambler, is playing a game of poker, and "Chihuahua", the saloon girl is standing directly behind him, and giving a tin-horn-gambler signals about "Wyatt's" hand.
This ends with the gambler being run out of town and "Chihuahua" warning "Wyatt Earp" that her boyfriend is "Doc Holliday".
Enter, "Holliday", who has heard of the poker game and the treatment of "Chihuahua". In the saloon "Doc" and "Wyatt" meet, but to everyone's surprise. especially "Chihuahua's, they like and respect each other.
"Doc" is gone from Tombstone and "Wyatt" and "Clementine" are coming closer. The two go to a town dance to raise money for a new school house.
She confesses that it was "Billy Clanton" that gave the cross to her, but is shot through an open window by "Billy". As the young "Clanton" starts to leave Tombstone on horseback, "Wyatt Earp" is able to wound him and orders his brother "Virgil" to bring him back.
Now, medical doctor "John Henry Holliday" with nurse "Clementine Carter" must try and save "Chihuahua".
"Wyatt" gets on his horse, and remarks:
Ma'am, I sure like that name ---- Clementine
"Wyatt" next rides away to join "Morgan" and a long shot is seen of "Clementine Carter" as the closing music, "My Darling Clementine" is played.
According to the Hollywood gossip website, "Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen":
Around the time of the release of "My Darling Clementine", Cathy Downs had been seen a lot with Guy Madison, whose latest movie, 1946's, "Till the End of Time", was with Dorothy McGuire and Robert Mitchum. On December 31, 1946, the couple were seen making the rounds of New Years Eve parties, but according to the gossip columns. Madison's real love at the time, actress Gail Russell, was in New York, not Hollywood. Three years later, Russell became Madison's first wife.
One would have thought that after "My Darling Clementine", Cathy Downs was heading up the ladder at "20th Century Fox", but for some unknown reason her contract was cancelled. Apparently, other than Downs and the studio executives, why she was let go, is unknown still as of this writing. Also, the word was out not to employ the actress by any major studio. I was unable to find any other entries that would clarify her firing, but several sources confirm that "20th Century Fox" invalidated her contract with them,
Seemingly overnight, Cathy Downs went from director John Ford to Austria-Hungary born director John Reinhardt, who had worked in the Mexican film industry, from 1933 through 1940, as a writer and director.
The motion picture was "For You I Die", made by the independent "Arpi Productions", and distributed by the independent "A Film Classics Release", on December 17, 1947.
Cathy Downs portrayed "Hope Novak". Again, I could not locate anything the actress did other than her New Years Eve date with Guy Madison, between "My Darling Clementine", December 3, 1946, and this film one-year-later to the month. Yet, "Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen", has the following entry dated for February 1947:
is borrowed from Sam Goldwyn to play the feminine lead in an upcoming movie from a Louis Bromfield story.I could not locate how she came to work for Samuel Goldwyn, or anything other than the above entry to support such employment. Additionally, I could not locate anything about the actress being loaned out. All my research appears to confirm this picture was the only film Cathy N. Downs apparently made in 1947. Which was written by Robert Presnell, Sr.
Paul Langton portrayed "Johnny Coulter". Of his first ten on-screen appearances starting in 1943, Paul Langton had eight uncredited roles. Of his next eight appearances, in one motion picture his scenes were deleted, and three other roles were also uncredited. Langton's first credited role, was at 15th billing in MGM's big all-star musical, 1946's, "Till the Clouds Roll By", portraying Oscar Hammerstein II. In 1954, Paul Langton starred in the first motion picture about the "Abominable Snowman". In 1958, he was "Lieutenant James Calder", in the cult science fiction, "It! The Terror from Beyond Space", and the following year was in 1959's, "The Cosmic Man". For those of my readers who might be interested, my article, "The Abominable Snowman' As First Interpreted By Filmmakers 1954 to 1967", can be found at:
Mischa Auer portrayed "Alec Shaw". Auer's first film was 1928's, "Something Always Happen", starring Neil Hamilton, "Commissioner Gordon" on the 1966 through 1968 television series, "Batman". Among Auer's other films are portraying "Firing Squad Victim #3" in Greta Garbo's, 1931, "Mata Hari", "General Montcalm" in Harry Carey's 1932, "The Last of the Mohicans", a "Butler pouring drinks" in 1932's, "Rasputin and the Empress", starring John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore, a "military attaché" in 1934's, "Viva Villa", starring Wallace Beery and Fay Wray, and "Carlo", in the William Powell and Carol Lombard, 1936, "My Man Godfrey".
The plot was a typical "B" story going back to before Mischa Auer started to act. A falsely accused prisoner about to be released is forced into a prison break, holds up at a diner, falls for the lady behind the counter, and the two help the authorities to catch the ones behind the break and clear him.
The other co-writer, the one I am referring to, that also came up with the actual storyline, was Blake Edwards. This was Edwards first screenplay and he was also listed as a co-producer. Blake Edwards portrayed "Floyd Schofield", below, and the role was his 29th of what would be a total of 32-characters he played starting in 1942.
THE NOOSE HANGS HIGH released on April 5, 1948
Lou Costello portrayed "Tommy Hinchcliffe".
Abbott and Costello had just appeared in 1947's, "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap", co-starring with Marjorie Main. Where, "The Noose Hangs High", is mostly forgotten, the motion picture the comic duo made after it, remains classic and well-known. This was the first of Bud and Lou's meeting with "Universal Pictures" classic monsters, 1948's, "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein". My article, "Abbott and Costello Meet the Universal Studio Classic Monsters", will be found at:
Also, in June, the gossip machine was expecting Cathy Downs and Melbourne, Australia, born, Reginald Thomas Kirkwood, better known as Joe Kirkwood, Jr. to be married shortly. They had it slightly wrong, the two were married in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 8 1949.
JOE PALOOKA IN TRIPLE CROSS released on September 16, 1951
James Gleason portrayed "Joe's trainer Knobby Walsh". Gleason had portrayed the same role in 1950's, "Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle". James Gleason had just co-starred with Robert Alda and Janis Page, in 1951's, "Two Gals and a Guy".
Cathy Downs portrayed "Joe's" wife, "Anne Howe Palooka".
Above, Kirkwood, Jr., Downs (Kirkwood), and Gleason.
From 1954 through 1955, Cathy Downs and Joe Kirkwood, Jr. would recreate their roles in the 26-episode, syndicated television series, "The Joe Palooka Story".
Between "Joe Palooka in Triple Cross" and the first episode of their television series, Cathy Downs guest starred on nine different television series. Then on February 24, 1955, prior to the series last episode, Cathy and Joe's divorce became final. She had filed on January 12, 1955, on the grounds of "mental cruelty", stating in the filing:
I tried golf for his sake, but he just made fun of me.
Then in September 1955, Cathy Downs filmed the first motion picture that would eventually give the actress to some people, science fiction cult status.
THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES released in December 1955
"American Releasing Corporation (ARC)", was a 1954 film distribution company founded by James H. Nicholson. When he decided to make his own movies, he teamed up with film editor brothers Dan and Jack Milner. The Miller's would co-produce Nicholson's first motion picture from a title he came up with. James H. Nicholson believed that the worst movie could be sold with a catchy title.
Dan Milner would direct and also edit "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues".
Publicity savvy James H. Nicholson realized that a single feature might not recoup his investment, but a double bill had a better chance. So he approached his sometime partner, Samuel Z. Arkoff, to join "ARC", and help finance a second motion picture to form the double bill. That picture would be called "The Day the World Ended", and "ARC" director Roger Corman was assigned.
The double bill idea worked, "Phantom's" budget was $75,000, "World Ended" had a budget of $96,000 and the gross box office for the double bill was $400,000. In 1956, Nicholson and Arkoff, founded "American International Pictures".
Kent Taylor portrayed "Dr. Ted Stevens alias Ted Baxter". Taylor started on-screen as a "Night-Club Patron" in 1931 and became a 1930 and 1940 "B" drama leading man. Among his work is 1939's, "The Gracie Allen Murder Case", in which radio comedian Gracie Allen teams up with Warren William as author S.S. Van Dine's "Philo Vance" to solve a murder mystery. Kent Taylor was part of the all-star cast of the excellent, original, 1939, "Five Came Back", about a plane crash in a jungle inhabited by cannibals. The cast included Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, John Carradine, and Wendy Barrie.
In 1942, Kent Taylor was "Doc Holliday" to Richard Dick's, "Wyatt Earp", in "Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die". From 1951 through 1953, Taylor was televisions "Boston Blackie".
Cathy Downs portrayed "Lois King".
"Ted" now goes to "Professor King's" home and meets "Lois King", whose father has instructed his daughter to say he has been at home all evening. Before "Ted" can speak to the professor,
King" climbs out of his bedroom window.
While at the same time, "Ted" makes a test dive near the area of the deaths. He views both the creature, and the glowing rock chaining the monster, but is able to get back ashore safely.
"Ted" expresses his concern that the light is man-made and could be turned into a deadly weapon. He further adds his belief that the monster is getting sustenance from the light source and warns that both must be destroyed. The professor is horrified that "Dr. Stevens" would imply that he is to blame, but "Ted" informs the professor that he is not a subject in his investigation and that the monster's creator has already offered the secret to foreign governments.
The discussion is interrupted by a phone call from Agent "Grant" requesting diving equipment for the following morning.
"Ted" and "Lois King" are walking along the beach and notice a young couple go into the water scuba diving. After the two are killed by "The Phantom", the name the locals are referring to the mysterious monster, "Ted" and "Lois" find their bodies washed ashore.
At the morgue as both "Ted" and "Bill" are looking at the corpses, "Dr. Stevens" reveals to "Bill Grant" who he is and that he is also working for the Department of Defense.
According to a line in the screenplay, the monster was a mutated sea turtle.
THE SHE-CREATURE released on July 25, 1956
Back in 1952, an unknown hypnotist named Morey Bernstein placed Pueblo, Colorado, housewife Virginia Tighe in a trance of regression to her childhood. This was a regular part of a routine Bernstein did at parties, but an unexpected result happened.
Although Bridey believers concede that the various investigations failed to prove that she had lived as she had been described, they also insist that the investigations failed to prove she had not.
"The She-Creature" wasn't the only Hollywood movie dealing with reincarnation, or regression to an early life taking their cues from the popularity of the Bridey Murphy story at the time. Two 1957 horror films also used the "Bridey Murphy" craze, they were director Roger Corman's "The Undead", starring Allison Hayes, and Michael Landon's, "I Was a Teenage Werewolf".
One advantage over Cathy Downs's previous, "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues", was the title character was design by and worn by Paul Blaisdell. The feature was released on another double-bill with another Paul Blaisdell monster, 1956's, "It Conquered the World".
Marla English portrayed "Andrea Talbott", the Bridey Murphy of the story. English started on-screen acting with five-uncredited, 1954 roles. Her last motion picture, only her 18th, was 1957's, "Voodoo Woman", with a reimagined "She-Creature" costume by Paul Blaisdell.
Trivia: Marla English was given the role, because of her resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor.
Lance Fuller portrayed "Dr. Ted Erickson". To fans of 1950's science fiction, Lance Fuller will always be "Brack", from 1955's, "This Island Earth". The year before that feature film, he had 4th-billing portraying "Colorados", in 1954's, "Cattle Queen of Montana", starring Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, and Gene Evans.
"Dr. Lombardi", a partitioner of black magic and the occult, who has a small show on the carnival-like pier at the beach, stares at strange footprints in the sand.
"Lombardi" brings "Andrea" out of her trance and she declares her desire to get away from him forever. "Lombardi's" replies that he will possess her as long as she lives. "Lombardi" has been able to send "Andrea" into her prehistoric past and has unleashed the title "She-Creature" as a means of getting revenge on the people he believes are against him.
Soon after the above confrontation, "Ted" and "Lt.
James" arrive at "Lombardi's" sideshow and approach the
hypnotist. "Ted" tells "Lombardi" that he saw him leave the
"Jefferson" beach house and gets the reply that "Lombardi"
helped facilitate a "transmigration" of a prehistoric female into the
body of a living woman. "Lombardi's" statement makes newspaper
headlines and "Timothy Chappel" comes up with a way to make money off
of the hypnotist and goes to the carnival looking for him.
"Timothy Chappel" enters "Lombardi's" place of business and approaches him about writing a book and going on tour, but first the hypnotist most come to "Chappel's" home to test how the egotistic hypnotist performs to the right crowd. "Lombardi" claims he has genuine psychic abilities, but "Timothy Chappel" thinks he joking.
While later that same evening, to "Dorothy Chappel", "Ted Erickson" seems occupied with something other than herself.
Meanwhile, under "Timothy Chappel's" tutelage. "Lombardi" has written a best seller about reincarnation, become a major celebrity, and moved into the "Chappel" house. Presenting "Lombardi" with a check for $250,000 from the book sales, "Chappel" tells him to leave, calling the hypnotist a "dirty side show act".
"Lombardi" informs "Andrea" that they will be leaving the next day for a European tour, and she informs him that "Ted" has given her the power to resist the hypnotist. Later, "Ted" and "Andrea" walk together on the beach, now somewhat romantically attached to each other.
At another demonstration at the "Chappel" house, as he puts "Andrea" into a trance state, "Lombardi" realizes that she is attempting to resist him. He stops, and warns everyone that he feels a menace in the house and for everyone to leave.
Now believing that "Lombardi" can really regress "Andrea Talbott", "Lt. Ed James" calls for police sharp shooters to converge on the beach. Hurrying to meet his men, "James" sees the "She-Creature" come out of the ocean, shoots at it, the bullets have no effect on the creature and it knocks "James" down and continues on its way. Hearing the gunshots, "Ted" rushes to "Lt. James", who informs the other that "Lombardi" has brought the "She-Creature" back.
As the police cars approach, the "She-Creature" enters the "Chappel" house and attacks "Timothy". The police make a circle of firewood around some of the "She-Creature's" footprints, after "Lt. James" realized that it returns over the exact same path. With the creature inside the circle, the police set fire to the firewood, shoot at the "She-Creature", but it just disappears. It reappears where "Lombardi" has "Andrea" in a trance within the house.
THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN premiered in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 4, 1957
This was another release by the king of the low-budget 1950's science fiction movies, producer and director Bert I. Gordon. My article, "Growing Up on a Diet of 'Mr. B.I.G. (Bert I. Gordon)': Giants, Little People and Grasshoppers", can be read at:
The original story came from Bert I. Gordon, and the original draft was by Mark Hanna, 1957's, "The Undead", and 1958's, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman". Not to deprive Mark Hanna of his credit on this screenplay, but it is the uncredited screenplay writer that my readers attention must be drawn too. He is George Worthing Yates, 1954's, "THEM!", 1956's, "Earth vs the Flying Saucer", and 1958's, "Space Master X-7". My article about Yates is, "George Worthing Yates: Screenplays from 1927's LIGHTNING LARIATS to 1962's KING KONG VS GODZILLA", is at:
Glenn Langan portrayed "Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Manning". A mistake was made on the opening credits of the motion picture and his first name is spelled Glen. Langan's career also seems to show a decline in the substance of the movies he appeared in. His career started in 1939, that year he appeared as a "Medical Intern", in "The Return of Dr. X", starring Humphrey Bogart as the title character brought back to life. Six-years later, Glenn Langan was 4th-billed behind Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, and George Sanders, in 1945's, "Hangover Square". In 1946, again 4th-billed behind Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, and Vincent Price in "Dragonwyck", the following year Langan fell to 5th-billing, behind Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene, and George Sanders, in directors Otto Preminger's, 1947, "Forever Amber". Next in 1948, was "The Snake Pit", starring Olivia de Havilland with the same 5th-billing. In 1950, like many a motion picture actor, Glenn Langdan moved into the new medium of television.
William Hudson portrayed "Dr. Paul Linstrom". Hudson started on-screen acting in 1943, and his first 12-roles were all uncredited. His first credited role was as a "Medical Intern" in 1951's, "Hard, Fast and Beautiful", starring Claire Trevor, 1939's "Stagecoach". After which, William Hudson switched to the new medium of television. He did return to a colossal title character in 1958, portraying "Harry Archer", the husband in the "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman".
Above, Camp Desert Rock, below, first test on November 1, 1951.
That evening "Carol" goes to the hospital and is told that "Glenn" has been moved to an army rehabilitation and research center in Summit, Nevada. "Carol" drives the long distance to Summit, Nevada, and the research center.
The next day, "Carol" visits "Glenn", to find a very depressed man at a height of approximately 22-feet-tall.
"Glenn Manning" has now reached the height of 30-feet, has been placed in a circus tent, and at "Dr. Linstrom's" advise, is still visited by "Carol Forrest". Adding to "Glenn's" depression is remembering the happy days with "Carol".
A ten-mile area search is conducted, but he isn't located. "Carol" wants to be part of the search and "Dr. Linstrom" cautions that "Glenn" may no longer recognize her. "Dr. Coulter" now reveals a special syringe to inject "Glenn" with the serum. His hope is that at least "Glenn" will stop growing.
The local news reports a giant man heading for the Las Vegas Strip, "Glenn Manning" is now 60-feet-tall. To the shock of the people on the strip, he walks it and plays with some of the hotel signs.
"Dr. Linstrom" stops the army from attacking, so he and "Carol" can attempt to convince "Glenn" to release her. Confused, "Glenn" does release "Carol", who runs to safety as the army opens up on him.
Without the above cast, "Glenn Manning" would return in the sequel, 1958's, "War of the Colossal Beast".
Cathy Downs next on-screen appearance wasn't until a full year to the month later.
MISSLE TO THE MOON released on December 15, 1958
Back on September 3, 1953, distributor "Astor Pictures" released in 3-D, "Cat-Women of the Moon", with a musical score composed and conducted by the unknown Elmer Bernstein, misspelled as Elmer Bernstien. "Missile to the Moon" is an even lower-budgeted feature film, from the same "Astor Pictures", and at times a scene-by- scene remake of the original, except this was a teen aimed picture. So, instead of 42-years-old Sonny Tufts and 51-years-old Victor Jory, you had 25-years-old Gary Clarke, and 28-years-old Tommy Cook.
The motion picture was from director Richard E. Cunha. He was also a cinematographer and writer, and wrote and directed 1958's, "She Demons", starring televisions "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle", Irish McCalla. Cunha was both director and cinematographer for 1958's, "Giant from the Unknown", starring televisions "Space Patrol's, Buzz Corry", Ed Kemmer. While as only the director, Richard E. Cunha made 1958's, "Frankenstein's Daughter", starring future "Beach Party" regular, John Ashley and Sandra Knight, from Robert Mitchum's, 1958, "Thunder Road" and Roger Corman's, 1963, "The Terror".
Cathy Downs portrayed "June Saxton".
Above, Henry Hunter, Richard Travis, and Cathy Downs.
K.T. Stevens portrayed "The Lido". As "Baby Gloria Wood", who birth name, the future K.T. Stevens appeared in her first two on screen appearances in 1921. Her next on-screen appearance was with 9th-billing as K.T. Stevens, in 1940's, "Kitty Foyle", starring Ginger Rodgers. Only four on-screen appearances followed ending with 6th-billing in 1950's, "Harriet Craig", starring Joan Crawford. In 1951, Stevens switched to television and from 1966 through 1969, K.T. Stevens portrayed "Helen Martin", on the daytime soap-opera, "Days of Our Lives", and had been Peggy Mercer, on the daytime soap-opera, "General Hospital" in 1963.
Gary Clarke portrayed "Lon". Clarke is remembered for taking over for Michael Landon, as the "Teenage Werewolf", in 1958's, "How to Make a Monster". On television he portrayed "Dick Hamilton", in 17-episodes of Richard Denning's "Michael Shayne", from 1960 through 1961. From 1962 through 1964, Gary Clarke portrayed "Steve Hill", in 63-episodes, of televisions "The Virginian". While in 1967, his character was "Cavalry Captain Richards", in all 17-episodes of the one-season television western "Hondo".
Nina Bara portrayed "Alpha". Talk about type-casting, Nina Bara portrayed "Tonga" for 145-episodes of televisions "Space Patrol", 1950 through 1955. Actually, Bara first appeared as a "Young Cajun Woman in Café", in "The Mummy's Ghost", starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as "Kharis". Which was her first on nine uncredited roles until 1947, and 7th-billing in an Eddie Dean, "B" western, "Black Hills". This motion picture was only her 16th, or 17-roles. For those of my readers interested not only in the twice-mentioned "Space Patrol", but the other original television science fiction programs of the 1950's, my article is, "Boldly Going Before Kirk and Spock: 1950's TV Science Fiction", explored at:
Above, Michael Whalen has his pistol pointed at Tommy Cook and Gary Clarke.
Marjorie Hellen, who in 1959 would change her name to Leslie Parrish after this role, portrayed "Zema". After her name change, the actress portrayed "Daisy Mae" in 1959's, "Little Abner", based upon both the comic strip and popular Broadway musical. Parrish portrayed Jocelyn Jordan", in director John Frankenheimer's original 1962, "Manchurian Candidate", and portrayed "Carolyn" in a 1967, "Star Trek" episode, "Who Morns for Adonais".
Meanwhile, "Green's" business partner, "Steve Dayton", and "Dayton's" secretary and fiancée, "June Saxton", notice that in the laboratory, the rocket's control panel is lit-up. They go to investigate and enter the rocket ship, but accidently lock themselves in as the ship's engine starts up. "Steve" finds oxygen masks and the two put them on as the space craft lifts off.
"Steve" and "June" pass-out, and when they regain consciousness, they make their way to the control room.
"The Lido" escorts "Steve" to her private chambers and speaks to him as if he was "Dirk". Now confirming the whomever "Dirk Green" really was, he was a moon man attempting to return. She continues to tell him that she has eliminated anyone in the tribe who doesn't provide a useful service to maintain their meager food. Then she adds, that his planned marriage to "Alpha" will soon take place.
Meanwhile, "Gary" introduces himself to a moon girl, who is shocked to see a man, because all the males were killed before she was born. Learning the girl is wearing real diamonds, "Gary" convinces her to take him to the diamond mines.
"Gary", his moon girlfriend, and "Lon", join the two, but the moon girl is killed by the spider and the others captured. Taken to "Alpha", she uses her mind control to make "Steve" forget his past and pledge loyalty to her. "The Lido" reprimands her, but "Alpha" kills "The Lido", takes her crown and crowns herself "Lido".
While "Alpha" is now distracted by her marriage ceremony, "Zema" gives "Lon" and "Gary" the keys to a storeroom containing their space suits and hand-held bombs to fend off the rock men during their escape to the rocket ship.
The movie ends with "June" asking "Steve", if she is more attractive than "Alpha"? Smartly, "Steve" replies that there is only one thing more attractive to him than "June", "Mother Earth".
It would be one-year-and-five-months later, before Cathy Downs's name was associated with anything else in her life and that was her final divorce degree, July 29, 1963, from Robert M. Brunson.
Above, Cathy Downs with Noah Beery, Jr. portraying "Lucas W. Tolliver".
Cathy Downs ended her on-screen career with her third appearance on the 1966 through 1968, Christian television series, "This Is the Life", originally called "The Fisher Family". There is only the year, 1968, for the programs 198-episode entitled "The Reluctant Witness".
In 1976, Cathy Downs's ex-husband, Joe Kirkwood, Jr., found out she was in a dire financial situation and wanted to help her. He started to set up a trust account to provide Cathy with an income, but before the papers were signed. On December 8, 1976, 50-years-old Cathy N. Downs passed away from cancer.
OH MY DARLING, OH MY DARLING
DREADFUL, SORRY, CLEMENTINE