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According to the 27 Nov 2002 Lansing State Journal, lead actor Richard Kiel’s remarkable height inspired his landlord, independent filmmaker Arch Hall, Sr., to cast him in the picture. Kiel had no previous acting experience. Hall reportedly had a romantic interest in actress Marilyn Manning, who played opposite the filmmaker’s son, Arch Hall, Jr. The senior Hall appeared in the film under the pseudonym “William Watters,” and is credited for the screenplay as “Nicholas Merriweather.”
       Kiel’s obituary in the 12 Sep 2014 Chicago Tribune stated that the picture was a financial success and launched the actor’s career. The 1 Dec 1964 DV noted that Eegah! as with all of Hall’s productions, was made on a budget of less than $100,000. Box office reports in the 5 Jun 1962 DV indicated that the picture was released during the spring of that year.
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According to the 27 Nov 2002 Lansing State Journal, lead actor Richard Kiel’s remarkable height inspired his landlord, independent filmmaker Arch Hall, Sr., to cast him in the picture. Kiel had no previous acting experience. Hall reportedly had a romantic interest in actress Marilyn Manning, who played opposite the filmmaker’s son, Arch Hall, Jr. The senior Hall appeared in the film under the pseudonym “William Watters,” and is credited for the screenplay as “Nicholas Merriweather.”
       Kiel’s obituary in the 12 Sep 2014 Chicago Tribune stated that the picture was a financial success and launched the actor’s career. The 1 Dec 1964 DV noted that Eegah! as with all of Hall’s productions, was made on a budget of less than $100,000. Box office reports in the 5 Jun 1962 DV indicated that the picture was released during the spring of that year.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
12 Sep 2014
Section 4, p. 5
Daily Variety
5 Jun 1962
p. 3
Daily Variety
1 Dec 1964
p. 11
Lansing State Journal (Michigan)
27 Nov 2002
Section D, p. 5
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Eegah: The Name Written in Blood
Release Date:
1962
Premiere Information:
Atlanta showing: 8 Jun 1962
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When Roxy Miller, a teenager, runs her sports car into a giant, neither her boyfriend, Tom, nor her father believes her story. Nevertheless, they decide to investigate further and find some huge footprints, but both Roxy and her father are captured by the giant, Eegah, and brought to his cave. The cave's sulfur springs give Eegah both his great size and long life. In the cave are the mummies of Eegah's ancestors. Far from frightened, Roxy improves Eegah's appearance by shaving him, and in turn Eegah gives Roxy some trinkets. Tom finds and rescues Roxy and her father, then drives with them in his dune buggy to Palm Springs. Eegah, who has fallen in love with Roxy, follows and is shot down by the ...

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When Roxy Miller, a teenager, runs her sports car into a giant, neither her boyfriend, Tom, nor her father believes her story. Nevertheless, they decide to investigate further and find some huge footprints, but both Roxy and her father are captured by the giant, Eegah, and brought to his cave. The cave's sulfur springs give Eegah both his great size and long life. In the cave are the mummies of Eegah's ancestors. Far from frightened, Roxy improves Eegah's appearance by shaving him, and in turn Eegah gives Roxy some trinkets. Tom finds and rescues Roxy and her father, then drives with them in his dune buggy to Palm Springs. Eegah, who has fallen in love with Roxy, follows and is shot down by the police.

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