Wednesday, August 26, 2020

"Revenge of the Creature" Actress Lori Nelson 1933-2020 Memorial Video

Lori Nelson (born Dixie Kay Nelson; August 15, 1933 – August 23, 2020) was an American actress and model mostly active in the 1950s and early 1960s. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the TV series How to Marry a Millionaire and the films Revenge of the Creature, All I Desire, and I Died a Thousand Times.[1]

Early life

Born Dixie Kay Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico,[2] Nelson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Nelson.[3] She was the great-grandniece of John J. Pershing. She began her career at the age of 2 appearing in local theater productions.[2] When she was 4 years old, her family moved to Encino, California. At the age of 5, she won the title of "Little Miss America."[4] During her childhood, she toured veterans' hospitals entertaining patients,[2] acted in productions of little theaters, and modeled for photographers.[5]

At age 7, Nelson contracted rheumatic fever which left her bedridden for four years. After she recovered, she returned to pageants and won the title of Miss Encino at age 17.[6][7] After graduating from Canoga Park High School, Nelson worked as a model.[8]


In 1950, she was signed to a 7-year contract with Universal-International[9] after a studio scout saw her performing in a little theater production.[4] She made her film debut in the 1952 Western Bend of the River

Later that year, she appeared as "Rosie Kettle" in the comedy film Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair, followed by a supporting role in Francis Goes to West Point. In 1955, Nelson guest starred in two episodes of It's a Great Life, and reprised her role as "Rosie Kettle" in Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki. 

That same year, she co-starred in the Creature From the Black Lagoon sequel Revenge of the Creature and Underwater! with Jane Russell and Richard Egan.[10][11]

Her supporting roles in films included the low-budget sci-fi story Day the World Ended (1955), directed by Roger Corman, and a big-budget Paramount Pictures comedy-Western, Pardners, starring Martin and Lewis in one of their final films together. 

Nelson had a featured role in I Died a Thousand Times, a 1955 remake of High Sierra, as well as in 1954's Destry, a remake of Destry Rides Again.[10][11] She was one of the leads in an 18th-century adventure story Mohawk. 

Nelson had top billing in the street-racing film Hot Rod Girl, also starring Chuck Connors, and the following year she co-starred opposite Mamie Van Doren as law-breakers sentenced to work on a "punishment" farm in Untamed Youth.[10][11]

In November 1957, Nelson co-starred with Van Johnson in the TV movie The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which aired as a Thanksgiving Day special. 

Also in 1957, she was cast in one of the three lead roles in the syndicated sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire. Based on the 1953 film of the same name, Nelson starred as Greta Hanson, a brainy psychology major who works as an usher on a television game show.[12] The series also starred Barbara Eden and Merry Anders. Nelson opted to leave the series after the first season, and her character was written out.[1]

After leaving the series, Nelson continued with guest roles on Wagon Train, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Tab Hunter Show, Bachelor Father, and Armstrong Circle Theatre. She took a 10-year break from acting in 1961 and returned with a guest role in Family Affair in 1971. Dramatically Nelson worked sporadically thereafter. She made only three on-screen appearances in the 1990s, including a role in the direct-to-video release Mom, Can I Keep Her? (1998). Her last role was in the 2005 low-budget science fiction horror film The Naked Monster, in which she reprised her role from Revenge of the Creature.[10][11]

Personal life


In the early 1950s, Nelson dated actor Tab Hunter. The relationship was fodder for gossip columnists at the time, and there was speculation that the two would marry. In his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, Hunter admitted he considered marrying Nelson but was struggling to come to terms with his true sexuality.[13][14] While Hunter was dating Nelson, he was secretly involved with figure skater Ronald Robertson.[15] Nelson and Hunter eventually stopped dating but remained friendly. Hunter later cast Nelson in two guest-starring roles on his sitcom The Tab Hunter Show.[16]

Marriages and children

On December 10, 1960, Nelson married composer Johnny Mann in Los Angeles. The couple had two daughters, Lori Susan and Jennifer, then divorced in April 1973. In April 1983, Nelson married police officer Joseph J. Reiner.[9]


Nelson died on August 23, 2020, at her home in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, eight days after her 87th birthday. She was suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years before her death.[1]




Year Title Role Notes

1952 Bend of the River Marjie Baile

1952 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Rosie Kettle

1952 Francis Goes to West Point Barbara Atwood

1953 All I Desire Lily Murdoch

1953 The All American Sharon Wallace

1953 Walking My Baby Back Home Claire Millard

1953 Tumbleweed Laura Alternative title: Three Were Renegades

1954 Destry Martha Phillips

1954 Underwater! Gloria Alternative title: The Big Rainbow

1955 Revenge of the Creature Helen Dobson

1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Rosie Kettle

1955 Sincerely Yours Sarah Cosgrove

1955 I Died a Thousand Times Velma

1955 Day the World Ended Louise Maddison

1956 Mohawk Cynthia Stanhope

1956 Pardners Carol Kingsley

1956 Hot Rod Girl Lisa Vernon

1957 Untamed Youth Jane Lowe

1957 Outlaw's Son Lila Costain

1991 Black Gaucho

1998 Mom, Can I Keep Her? Stephanie

2005 The Naked Monster Dr. Helen Dobson


Year Title Role Notes

1955 It's a Great Life Vera Thompson 2 episodes

1955–56 Climax! Mary 2 episodes

1957 The 20th Century Fox Hour Cathy Devlin Episode: "Threat to a Happy Ending"

1957 The Pied Piper of Hamelin Mara TV movie

1957–58 How to Marry a Millionaire Greta Hanson 39 episodes

1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive White Antelope aka Doris Albright Episode: "Bounty for a Bride"

1959 The Texas Elizabeth Episode: "The Man Hater"

1959 Wagon Train Charity Steele Episode: "The Steele Family Story"

1959 The Millionaire Lorraine Daggett Episode: "Millionaire Lorraine Daggett"

1959 General Electric Theater Sylvia Episode: "Night Club"

1959 Sugarfoot Ellen Conway Episode: "The Gaucho"

1959 Tales of Wells Fargo Susan Episode: "Relay Station"

1960 Lock-Up Honey Evans Episode: "The Seventh Hour"

1960–61 The Tab Hunter Show Various roles 2 episodes

1961 Dante Cynthia Rogers Episode: "Dial D for Dante"

1961 Laramie Grace Episode: "Trigger Point"

1961 Bachelor Father Spring Loring Episode: "Drop That Calorie"

1961 Whispering Smith Mrs. Venetia Molloy Episode: "Double Edge"

1961 Armstrong Circle Theatre Mrs. Median 2 episodes

1971 Family Affair Dr. Joan Blanton Episode: "Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley"

1994 Secret Sins of the Father Mrs. Lieber TV movie


1. Barnes, Mike (August 23, 2020). "Lori Nelson, Actress in 'Revenge of the Creature,' Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

2. Weaver, Tom; Schecter, David; Kronenberg, Steve (2017). The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy. McFarland. ISBN 9781476615806. Retrieved February 25, 2018.

3. "'Queen' to Open New Rosedale Encino Nursery". The Van Nuys News. California, Van Nuys. September 29, 1949. p. 35. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via open access

4. "Hollywood's Newest Look". The Miami News. Florida, Miami. April 5, 1952. p. 13. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via open access

5. Strong, Edwin J. (September 7, 1952). "Lori Nelson to Come Out as Dancing Star". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. Part IV-3. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via open access

6. "Once Rheumatic Heart Victim Chosen as Queen". The Los Angeles Times. February 5, 1956.

7. "Kin of Fame General Perishing Wins Title of National Buddy Poppy Girl". Lodi News-Sentinel. May 22, 1956. p. 6. Retrieved December 21, 2012.

8. "All I Desire (1953) – Notes". TCM Movies. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

9. "Lori Nelson Biography". Retrieved December 21, 2012.

10. "Lori Nelson". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

11. "Lori Nelson List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

12. Richie, Hope Lawder. "Low On Dough, High On Hope". Reading Eagle. November 16, 1958. Retrieved December 21, 2012.

13. Ruberto, Toni (January 29, 2006). "Nonfiction / 'Sigh guy' Tab Hunter delivers sensitive take on life, loves". The Buffalo News. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

14. "Obituary: Tab Hunter". Irish Independent. July 15, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

15. (Hunter 2005, pp. 75–76)

16. (Hunter 2005, p. 227)\

Works cited

Hunter, Tab; Muller, Eddie (2005). Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. Algonquin Books. ISBN 1-56512-466-9

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Theatre & Film Writer Producer Oliver Mitchell Morosco KILLED BY HOLLYWOOD STREETCAR 1945

Oliver Morosco (June 20, 1875 – August 25, 1945) was an American theatrical producer, director, writer, film producer, and theater owner. Morosco brought many of his theater actors to the screen.[1] 

Oliver Morosco created the Oliver Morosco Photoplay Company with film businessman Frank A. Garbutt in 1914. [2] The company was merged with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players-Lasky Corporation in 1916.

(However, historian Michael Locke reports: 

Property records show the building was originally a carpenter's shed owned by Frank Alderman Garbutt, one of Los Angeles' early pioneers. Hobart Bosworth purchased the property from Garbutt in 1914, transforming it into a movie studio with Llewellyn Iron Works serving as the building contractor.

The Bosworth-Morosco Studios is the oldest studio in Los Angeles, built for veteran film actor, director, writer, and producer Hobart Bosworth and Oliver Morosco a theatrical producer, director, writer and theater owner in 1913 and still operational today.

Located at 201 North Occidental Boulevard.)


Born Oliver Mitchell in Logan, Utah, to John Leslie Mitchell and Esmah Badure Montrose. The Mitchells divorced, and Esmah Mitchell took her two sons to California, eventually arriving in San Francisco. At the age of six, Oliver and his brother Leslie[3], three years his elder, were hired by Walter M. Morosco (1846–1901) to perform in his acrobatic troupe, the Royal Russian Circus, then a regular attraction at Woodward's Gardens, a popular San Francisco amusement park.

Walter Morosco made an arrangement with Esmah Mitchell to become the foster father of her sons and to give them his name. He was a theatrical impresario as well as an acrobat, and operated Morosco's Grand Opera House,[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34] one of San Francisco's leading theaters. When Oliver was a teenager, his foster father took over operation of another San Francisco venue, the Amphitheater, and of The Auditorium at San Jose, California, and made Oliver the manager of both houses.

In 1899, Oliver Morosco moved to Los Angeles to begin his independent career as a theatrical impresario. He took over the lease on the troubled Burbank Theatre and soon made it a success with a series of stock companies and shows featuring the popular actors of the day. Such stars as Wilton Lackaye, Richard Bennett, Edgar Selwyn, and Margaret Illington appeared at the Burbank Theatre. A number of original plays were first mounted at the Burbank and later performed in New York City. These included "The Rose of the Rancho" by Richard Walton Tully, and actor-playwright Edgar Selwyn's "The Country Boy" and "The Arab."

In 1908, Morosco became the lessee of the new Majestic Theatre on Broadway in Los Angeles.

In 1911 took over the former Los Angeles Theatre on Spring Street which had for several years been the Los Angeles home of the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit, renaming it the Lyceum Theatre

He also entered into a partnership with the Belasco-Meyer interests of San Francisco to take over management of their theaters on the west coast, including the Belasco Theatre (aka the Follies Theatre) in Los Angeles, the Burbank's chief rival as a stock house. 

In 1913, he opened the Morosco Theatre on Broadway, the most luxurious theater yet built in Los Angeles. (This theater remains standing and was later renamed the Globe Theatre.)

Though Los Angeles remained his home, Morosco began producing plays in New York City in 1906 and mounted over 40 productions on Broadway including Peg o' My Heart and The Bird of Paradise both starring Laurette Taylor. 

He contributed lyrics to a Victor Schertzinger song he had added to L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk's musical, The Tik-Tok Man of Oz, which he produced in 1913. Through this show he discovered Charlotte Greenwood and made her a star. In 1917, he opened the Morosco Theatre in New York.

In 1919–1920, he produced the Edward Everett Rose-scripted satirical melodrama, The Master Thief, starring Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne.

In 1926 the once successful Morosco filed for bankruptcy, his fortune lost in part due to a large speculative purchase of land in California where he planned to create a development called "Morosco Town."


At the age of 69, Morosco was struck and killed by a streetcar in Hollywood. He had been married four times and was the father of Walter Morosco the film producer.

Oliver Mitchell Morosco was cremated in Santa Monica. The location of his ashes are unknown. However, there is a cenotaph in the Enterprise Cemetery in Enterprise, Morgan County, Utah.


As Producer

Captain Courtesy (1915)

Kilmeny (1915)

The House of Lies (1916)

Her Father's Son (1916)

His Sweetheart (1917)

The Highway of Hope (1917)

Jack and Jill (1917)

As Writer

Pretty Mrs. Smith (1915)

The Wild Olive (1915)

So Long Letty (1920)

The Half Breed (1922)

So Long Letty (1929)

Further reading

Life of Oliver Morosco; The Oracle of Broadway, Written from His Own Notes and Comments. Morosco, Oliver, Helen McRuer Morosco, and Leonard Paul Dugger. Caldwell, Id: Caxton Printers, 1944.


1. "The Moving Picture World." 1915.

2. Long, Bruce (January 1991). William Desmond Taylor: A Dossier. ISBN 978-1-4616-7434-4.

3. Leslie Morosco(Univ. of Washington, Sayre collection)

4. "War Memorial Opera House" (PDF). verplanck consulting. Archived from the original on 2016-04-13. ...the Wade (later Grand) Opera House. Located on the north side of Mission Street, just west of Third Street, the Grand Opera House perished in 1906, along with most of the city's other opera houses, including the Tivoli Opera House and the Orpheum Theater.

5. "Grand Opera House, Mission St. [No. 2.]."

6. Smith, James R. (4 January 2018). San Francisco's Lost Landmarks. Quill Driver Books. ISBN 978-1-884995-44-6 – via Google Books.

7. "PCAD - Wade's Opera House, San Francisco, CA."

8. "Daily Alta California 29 February 1876 – California Digital Newspaper Collection."

9. Miller, Leta E. (4 January 2018). Music and Politics in San Francisco: From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-26891-3 – via Google Books.

10. "Photograph of Grand Opera House." Calisphere.

11. Miller, Leta E. (4 January 2018). Music and Politics in San Francisco: From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-26891-3 – via Google Books.


13. "Theaters - San Francisco Block by Block."

14. "San Francisco." 


16. "San Francisco Call 12 February 1907 – California Digital Newspaper Collection."

17. "Grand Opera House."

18. "Grand Opera House, Mission St. [No. 2.]."

19. Wade's Opera House, later Grand Opera House, later Morosco's Grand Opera House

20. "Wade's Opera House souvenir program."

21. "Daily Alta California 13 January 1876 – California Digital Newspaper Collection."

22. "PCAD - Grand Opera House, San Francisco, CA."

23. "SF Theater Quiz - San Francisco History - Guidelines Newsletter."

24. "Morosco's Grand Opera House."

25. "Cover of Wade Opera House and Art Gallery program."

26. "Photograph of drawing of the interior of the Grand Opera House."

27. "The Great Quake: 1906–2006 / Days before the disaster."

28. "The Changing Faces of St Patricks." St. Patrick Church. 

29. "The passionate 1879 battle over 'The Passion.'"


31. "The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire - HistoryNet".

32. "The San Francisco Horror • Chapter 1."

33. "Is that my head or an Earthquake?" 23 January 2013. 

34. "San Francisco City Directory." Crocker-Langley. 1905. Grand Opera House, North Side of Mission between 3rd Street and 4th Street (page 799)

"Oliver Morosco: A Bit of History." The Grizzly Bear, May, 1907

"Combining the Stock Companies." Randolph Bartlett, Out West, July, 1911

Press Reference Library, Southwest Edition, 1912, p. 216.

"Oliver Morosco Accused by Wife." The New York Times, May 9, 1920

"Oliver Morosco Weds Miss Selma Paley." The New York Times, April 2, 1922

"Morosco Bankrupt, His Debts $1,033,404." The New York Times, February 19, 1926

"Mrs. Oliver Morosco Sues." The New York Times, September 15, 1928

"Divorces Oliver Morosco." The New York Times, October 11, 1928.

"Morosco Gets License to Wed." The New York Times, November 17, 1929

"Wife Sues Oliver Morosco." The New York Times, August 7, 1934

"Divorces Oliver Morosco; Wife Says Producer Had Too Many Facets to His Nature." The New York Times, September 6, 1934

"Heyday on Broadway." The New York Times September 17, 1944.

"Morosco Killed Under Street Car." The New York Times, August 26, 1945.

"Top Slander" Time Magazine, September 3, 1945