Whit Bissell – This Guys is in Everything

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell was born in New York City in 1909. Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in over 300 movies and TV series. Sometimes it seems like he is in every movie. Just there moving steadily along and never standing out. However, his performance was always solid. He may be best known for playing the mad scientist who turned Michael Landon into a monster in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). He was also in I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1967). Whit Bissell specialized in playing authority figures such as doctors, military officers, and other authority figures. One of his standout roles was as a lovesick convict in the harsh film noir movie Brute Force (1947).  He was familiar on television in “Bachelor Father” 1957-1960 and “The Time Tunnel” 1966-1967. He was in only in one “Star Trek” episode but it was  “The Trouble with Tribbles” 1967.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – Episode 63

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to and give me a review. Today’s movie is Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The Creature, AKA the Gill Man was part of the second generation of Universal Studios classic movie monsters. This movie was filmed at the height of the cold war and the creature faced the same issue with alienation that would continue to grow in the aftermath of the Cold War.

As a monster the Gill Man was a little more complex than others. He didn’t seem to be evil and fought after he was attacked. This movie was directed by Universal’s Jack Arnold who made among other films It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature …

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