The Snow Creature (1954)

70 mins | Adventure, Science fiction | November 1954

Director:

W. Lee Wilder

Writer:

Myles Wilder

Producer:

W. Lee Wilder

Cinematographer:

Floyd Crosby

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Planet Filmplays, Inc.
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HISTORY

Mountain sequences for this film were shot in Washington state. The onscreen cast credits include a character, "Harry Bennett," played by Keith Richards, but this character was not in the viewed print. Neither the character nor actor appeared in the cast list in the film's pressbook, the production company's PCA application, or in reviews. Var lists the film's running time as 80 minutes, but all other sources list 70 minutes, the length of the print viewed. A HR production chart adds Constance Weiler and Darwin Greenfield to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. HR charts also list Bud Hays as the film editor and Lawrence Eichholz as the sound recordist, but the onscreen credits list only Jodie Copeland as the film editor and Robert Roderick as the sound ... More Less

Mountain sequences for this film were shot in Washington state. The onscreen cast credits include a character, "Harry Bennett," played by Keith Richards, but this character was not in the viewed print. Neither the character nor actor appeared in the cast list in the film's pressbook, the production company's PCA application, or in reviews. Var lists the film's running time as 80 minutes, but all other sources list 70 minutes, the length of the print viewed. A HR production chart adds Constance Weiler and Darwin Greenfield to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. HR charts also list Bud Hays as the film editor and Lawrence Eichholz as the sound recordist, but the onscreen credits list only Jodie Copeland as the film editor and Robert Roderick as the sound recordist. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Nov 1954.
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Daily Variety
10 Nov 1954.
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Film Daily
19 Nov 1954
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 1954
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Nov 1954
p. 209.
Variety
10 Nov 1954
p. 6.
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1954
Production Date:
early March 1954 at KTTV Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Planet Filmplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 November 1954
Copyright Number:
LP4240
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16975
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by a California foundation, botanist Dr. Frank Parrish leads an expedition to the Himalayas to study plant life. After Parrish and his photographer, Peter Wells, hire an English-speaking guide, Subra, and several Sherpas to carry their equipment, they leave the town of Shekar and proceed slowly up into the foothills. They establish their first camp at around 10,000 ft. after which Parrish warns Wells not to share his supply of whisky with the porters. Meanwhile, in Shekar, Subra’s wife is abducted by a large, man-like creature, which carries her off into the mountains. Leva, Subra’s brother, and four companions then follow the expedition’s route to bring Subra the news. When Subra awakens Parrish to tell him about the abduction, Parrish, who does not believe in the existence of the “yeti,” or abominable snowman, refuses to jeopardize the expedition by helping Subra find his wife. Later, when Parrish and Wells are asleep, Subra removes the ammunition from their firearms and the next day, forces them to follow him and his companions as they search for his wife. When they stop to make camp, Parrish and Wells recover their shortwave radio from a supply tent and are about to send a message to the police in Shekar, when Subra shoots at the radio. The next morning, large footprints indicate that the yeti has visited the camp. As the yeti observes them, the group follows the footprints. After surviving a small avalanche caused by the yeti, they realize that a storm is fast approaching, and seek shelter in a cave. Wells then suggests to Parrish that they could both become very rich if they can capture the yeti alive and take ... +


Sponsored by a California foundation, botanist Dr. Frank Parrish leads an expedition to the Himalayas to study plant life. After Parrish and his photographer, Peter Wells, hire an English-speaking guide, Subra, and several Sherpas to carry their equipment, they leave the town of Shekar and proceed slowly up into the foothills. They establish their first camp at around 10,000 ft. after which Parrish warns Wells not to share his supply of whisky with the porters. Meanwhile, in Shekar, Subra’s wife is abducted by a large, man-like creature, which carries her off into the mountains. Leva, Subra’s brother, and four companions then follow the expedition’s route to bring Subra the news. When Subra awakens Parrish to tell him about the abduction, Parrish, who does not believe in the existence of the “yeti,” or abominable snowman, refuses to jeopardize the expedition by helping Subra find his wife. Later, when Parrish and Wells are asleep, Subra removes the ammunition from their firearms and the next day, forces them to follow him and his companions as they search for his wife. When they stop to make camp, Parrish and Wells recover their shortwave radio from a supply tent and are about to send a message to the police in Shekar, when Subra shoots at the radio. The next morning, large footprints indicate that the yeti has visited the camp. As the yeti observes them, the group follows the footprints. After surviving a small avalanche caused by the yeti, they realize that a storm is fast approaching, and seek shelter in a cave. Wells then suggests to Parrish that they could both become very rich if they can capture the yeti alive and take it to America. The next day, in one of the cave's tunnels, Subra finds a necklace he gave to his wife before he left on the expedition and orders a complete search of the rest of tunnels. When the yeti, a woman and child are found, the creature causes a cave-in to save his family. The falling rocks kill his family and render the yeti unconscious. In the confusion, Parrish retrieves his gun and regains control, then sedates the creature and orders it to be carried, on a stretcher, down to Shekar. There the local police inspector informs him that he will be allowed to export the creature. When Subra admits that he cannot prove that it was this yeti that killed his wife, Parrish decides not to prefer charges against him for his mutinous act. Parrish then phones the California foundation and arranges for a refrigerated container in which to transport the yeti. After Wells argues with Parrish over potential earnings from the exploitation of the creature, the container arrives and Parrish ships the yeti as air cargo to Los Angeles. When Parrish lands in Los Angeles, he is met by his wife Joyce, and a representative of the foundation. However, Fleet, a U.S. Immigration official, informs Parrish that the creature’s immigration status has to be determined before it can be released from Customs. To determine whether the yeti is a creature or a man, Fleet has hired an eminent anthropologist, Dr. Dupont, to examine it. Later, as Parrish and Dupont are about to go to the warehouse to perform an examination, word reaches them that the yeti has broken out of his container and escaped. After the creature kills a woman, police lieutenant Dunbar issues a general public alarm that a dangerous, killer beast is at large. After another woman manages to escape from the yeti, it is spotted taking meat from a packing plant’s refrigerated area. When the police are unable to determine how it is moving around the city, Parrish realizes that the creature may be using the city’s storm drain system to move unseen from neighborhood to neighborhood. With the help of the city engineer, Dunbar arranges for patrols to search several likely locations. After Parrish joins Dunbar on one team, they spot the creature running down a tunnel and Dunbar radios to officers to erect a net at the tunnel’s exit. As Parrish and Dunbar arrive, the creature runs into the net and the officers attempt to subdue it. The creature grabs Parrish, forcing Dunbar to fire three fatal shots at it. Parrish then arranges to turn over the body to Dr. Dupont so that more can be learned about the mysterious creature.
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