This brings us to the last bout of the popular culture round, with the 50 Foot Woman tussling with the triceratops used in the original King Kong movie! Who’s going to win this round, (wo)man or beast? Your vote decides the outcome, so be sure to leave a comment!
The 50 Foot Woman
Claim to Fame: As the title character in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Allison Hayes plays Nancy Archer, a woman who has just returned home from a stay in a mental institution. Frustrations with her no-good husband lead her to drive too fast out on a lonely stretch of highway, where she encounters an extraterrestrial orb. Her exposure to this UFO results in her growing to 10 times her normal size; Nancy uses her size to exact revenge on her husband and his mistress. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a prime example of
Special Skills: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” especially if she is 50 feet tall!
Collection Connection: The Forrest J. Ackerman papers at the AHC contain promotional publicity stills from the film, as well as other materials.
Claim to Fame: Created in 1931 by special effects pioneer Willis O’Brien for a film called Creation and then reused in King Kong–though the footage was cut from the final version. Only four minutes of Creation exists today, but the triceratops is still alive and well!
Special Skills: I’m a big scary dinosaur, come on!
Collection Connection: Collected by Samuel Peeples and included in his collection at the AHC. Peeples wrote western novels and science fiction screenplays including several Star Trek episodes.