Friday, February 8, 2019

No. 46 / 2002



"The Horrorwood Bat Pack", a title conjured up by Forrest J Ackerman, referring to that wonderful trio also known as Ray, Ray & FJA.  I guess for myself as for so many, it begins with Forry, but I have to admit that all during the time I was reading Famous Monsters, of the three I suppose I was most interested in Ray Harryhausen.  When I finally got to meet him, I at least had some technical questions to ask that I felt were of interest and he responded accordingly.  He was very kind and I would enjoy being at certain dinners and events in his presence but unlike so many fans that I've met since, I can't claim I was a 'favorite' of his.

It wasn't until much later in life that I was honored to spend time with Forry and probably had the best conversations while being at his home and just chatting about anything, cinema, the horror genre, Fritz Lang....life in general.  It was grand and would have never had come about if it were not for Richard Valley and Scarlet Street.  

That leaves Ray Bradbury.  I did read some of his stories while growing up but I never sought him out.  As you can imagine when I met him I had nothing to say but he still acknowledged me and we'd exchange a greeting.  I always felt inadequate in that way because there's no one I've met who has known Ray who doesn't worship him, and I'm sure if I had experienced more of his writings I'd feel the same.  (I finally have a book of 100 of his stories on its way via eBay and am looking forward to it.)

So, although he's there, in my heart...it wasn't until I made contact with one of his daughters through Facebook, Bettina Bradbury, that I finally had a feeling the triangle was now complete.  We personally never talked about 'Papa', I always let others take that up.  Bettina didn't know me from Adam and seemingly wasn't bothered by that as from the moment I was in contact with her, she just enveloped me with 'open arms'.   I almost immediately started calling her 'Sis' or 'Tina' which if that seemed a bit forward, she never let on that it may have bothered her.  In fact I soon became another brother to her, so I don't know...she may have started it!  If I was troubled, she always had a kind word.  We soon fell into a very casual and comfortable online relationship.  Nothing deep.  I just knew I was accepted.  

All I could think of is if Ray could raise such a spirit as Bettina, I'd finally and really got to know him as best as anyone ever could.  So, with that, I now have to mourn as during the early days of this year we lost her quite unexpectedly.  As I think about it, she died at the age just short of my father's being roughly half way through his 63rd year.

I didn't need to be reminded how much she meant to those who really knew her.  As the rush of emotions came pouring in online, I found myself stunned and muted.  I am so grateful that I can count myself as one of the many she treated so well in friendship.  I was so very much looking forward to meeting her in the future, and had no doubt that was going to occur and it would have been like hanging out with an old friend...or indeed being with a sister.  

Thank you, Sis.  Knowing you, even as we did, was perhaps the best way ever.  I will always cherish the words of encouragement which you gave me.  Say 'hi' to 'Papa' for us all!


Late addition:  The evening of the day I wrote this post introduction (February 3rd, 2019) I received word that our wonderful lady, Julie Adams, had passed away at the age of 92.  The spirit of Ms. Adams shines throughout this issue of Scarlet Street, but I will be sure to have a special message dedicated to her in my next SS post.































































*Scenes from the making of "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" [1954]










*What appears to be an early Creature 'head' being worn




*Scenes from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" [1954]















*Julie Adams with Ray Danton (3rd from top) in "The Looters" [1955]














*Julie Adams with Rock Hudson (3rd from top) in "The Lawless Breed" [1953]










*Julie Adams with Van Heflin (top) in "Wings of the Hawk" [1953] and George Nader (3rd from the top) in "Six Bridges to Cross" [1954] 












*Ricou Browning















*Ben Chapman














*Ben Chapman











*Scenes from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" [1954]






*Behind every strong Creature, there's an ever stronger woman.  Creature head creator Milicent Patrick puts on the finishing touches.




*Scenes from the making of "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" [1954]









*Lori Nelson








*Lori Nelson








*Lori Nelson








*Lori Nelson















*Scenes from "Revenge of the Creature" [1955]











*John Bromfield in "The Black Dakotas" [1954, top]; "Manfish" [1956, 2nd from top]; with 1st wife, Corinne Calvet [ca early 1950s, 3rd from top]; and in a Bowery Boys movie, "Hold That Line" [1952, bottom]










*John Bromfield posing for "Revenge of the Creature" [1955, top 2 photos]; and in "Three Bad Sisters" [1956, bottom]










*John Bromfield posing with the Creature for "Revenge of the Creature" [1955, top 2 photos]; and in the film "Sheriff of Cochise" [1959, bottom 2 photos]










*John Bromfield in "Easy to Love" [1953] with Esther Williams, Van Johnson (top) and Tony Martin (bottom) ; in "Manfish" [1956, 2nd from top] with Lon Chaney; and in the film, "Crime Against Joe" [1956, 3rd from top]














*Tom Hennesy, stuntman and actor from "Revenge of the Creature" [1955, top]; "The Alamo" [1960, center]; and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" [1962, bottom]















*Scenes from "Revenge of the Creature" [1955]










*Scenes from "The Creature Walks Among Us" [1956]


























*Ricou Browning (with, my gut tells me, Ricou Jr. 3rd photo from the top)














*Ben Chapman


















*Julie Adams with Jack Kelly (top) from the 1960 TV show "Maverick" and with Donald O'Conner (2nd from top) in "Francis Joins the WACS" [1954]












*Lori Nelson with Audie Murphy (center)















*Scenes from "The Creature Walks Among Us" [1956]










*John Agar with Lori Nelson (top) and Leigh Snowden with Jeff Morrow (3rd from top) sandwich a photo of the true menace, Man!  Finally, our dream ending where the Creature gets the girl (bottom).










*Tom Hennesy as the Creature in "Revenge of the Creature" [1955]








*Tom Hennesy in "Revenge of the Creature" [1955] and from "Big Jake" [1971, top]








*Tom Hennesy from "Revenge of the Creature" [1955, top] and with John Wayne in "The War Wagon" [1967, center]














*Lori Nelson








*Lori Nelson












* Supplemental images are noted with an (*) asterisk. My intention is to only enhance the reading experience and not take away from the original publication.







This post is dedicated to my dear friend and on-line sister, Bettina Bradbury.  
Dear Tina, we all love and miss you.

[1955-2019]