Jack Arnold


Director
Jack Arnold

About

Also Known As
Vinton Haworth
Birth Place
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Born
October 14, 1916
Died
March 17, 1992
Cause of Death
Arteriosclerosis

Biography

Former stage and movie actor who filmed numerous documentaries for the US State Department, the Army and private industry in the late 1940s and began making low-budget features in the early 50s. Arnold concocted some of that era's classic science fiction-horror films, notably the pioneering 3-D efforts "It Came from Outer Space" (1952) and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954) as w...

Photos & Videos

Revenge of the Creature - Lobby Cards
The Incredible Shrinking Man - Lobby Card Set
Creature from the Black Lagoon - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Betty Arnold
Wife

Bibliography

"Directed by Jack Arnold"
Dana M Reeves, McFarland (1988)

Biography

Former stage and movie actor who filmed numerous documentaries for the US State Department, the Army and private industry in the late 1940s and began making low-budget features in the early 50s. Arnold concocted some of that era's classic science fiction-horror films, notably the pioneering 3-D efforts "It Came from Outer Space" (1952) and "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954) as well as "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957).

A prolific director, mostly for Universal, Arnold worked in many genres, turning out 3-D mystery thrillers ("The Glass Web" 1953), teen exploitation flicks ("High School Confidential" 1958), blaxploitation actioners ("Boss Nigger" 1975), the wry Peter Sellers satire "The Mouse That Roared" (1959), and Bob Hope comedies including "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961) and "A Global Affair" (1964). By the mid-60s, Arnold had turned his attention increasingly to TV, as a director on "Rawhide," "Perry Mason" "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Wonder Woman" and "The Bionic Woman," and as producer-director of "Mr. Lucky" (1959-60) "Gilligan's Island" (1964-67) and "It Takes a Thief" (1968-70).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)
Director
Sex and the Married Woman (1977)
Director
Boss (1975)
Director
The Swiss Conspiracy (1975)
Director
The Games Girls Play (1975)
Director
Black Eye (1974)
Director
Hello Down There (1969)
Director
The Lively Set (1964)
Director
A Global Affair (1964)
Director
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
Director
The Mouse That Roared (1959)
Director
No Name on the Bullet (1959)
Director
Monster on the Campus (1958)
Director
The Space Children (1958)
Director
The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958)
Director
High School Confidential! (1958)
Director
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Director
The Tattered Dress (1957)
Director
Man in the Shadow (1957)
Director
Red Sundown (1956)
Director
Outside the Law (1956)
Director
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
Director
Tarantula (1955)
Director
The Man from Bitter Ridge (1955)
Director
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Director
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Director
Girls in the Night (1953)
Director
The Glass Web (1953)
Director
With These Hands (1950)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Into The Night (1985)
The Pride of the Yankees (1943)
Fraternity boy
It Ain't Hay (1943)
Golfer
It Comes Up Love (1943)
Photographer
Ladies' Day (1943)
Director
Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942)
Mason
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
Officer
Saboteur (1942)
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
Reporter
You're Telling Me (1942)
Announcer
Juke Box Jenny (1942)
Brother Childs
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942)
Hotel manager
There's One Born Every Minute (1942)
Cameraman
Behind the Eight Ball (1942)
Bobby Leonard
Junior G-Men of the Air (1942)
The Stork Pays Off (1941)
Todd Perry
Playmates (1941)
Commentator
Tight Shoes (1941)
Reporter
Tillie the Toiler (1941)
Wally Whipple
Lucky Devils (1941)
Bradford
The Saint in Palm Springs (1941)
Hotel clerk
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941)
Hotel clerk
New York Town (1941)
Gentleman on boat
Argentine Nights (1940)
Ship's officer
Margie (1940)
Young man
Millionaires in Prison (1940)
Windsor
Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)
Brown
Cross-Country Romance (1940)
Holmby
Danger on Wheels (1940)
Bruce Crowley
Enemy Agent (1940)
Lester Taylor
Framed (1940)
Nick
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love (1940)
The Chaser
Love, Honor, and Oh-Baby! (1940)
Man with Susan
Fixer Dugan (1939)
Darlow
The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)
Harry
Sued for Libel (1939)
Dr. [James] Bailer
When Tomorrow Comes (1939)
Radio technician
Carefree (1938)
Radio announcer
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938)
Blind Alibi (1938)
Dirk
Tarnished Angel (1938)
Dan Bennett
This Marriage Business (1938)
Lloyd Wilson
Crime Ring (1938)
Buzzell
Law of the Underworld (1938)
Eddie
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Danger Patrol (1937)
Editor Novak
Hitting a New High (1937)
Carter Haig
We're on the Jury (1937)
Attorney Williams
You Can't Buy Luck (1937)
Paul Vinette
That Girl from Paris (1937)
Reporter
Sea Devils (1937)
Prosecutor
China Passage (1937)
Tom Baldwin
Riding on Air (1937)
Harvey Schumann
Night Waitress (1936)
George Skinner
Without Orders (1936)
Len Kendrick
Enlighten Thy Daughter (1934)
Stanley Jordan

Writer (Feature Film)

The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Story
Tarantula (1955)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Sex and the Married Woman (1977)
Producer
Boss (1975)
Producer
No Name on the Bullet (1959)
Producer
With These Hands (1950)
Producer

Director (Special)

Think Pretty (1964)
Director

Director (Short)

Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1969)
Director

Life Events

1950

Directed and produced first feature, "With These Hands" (full-length, semidocumentary made for ILGW Union) which was nominated for an Oscar

1952

Signed by Universal Pictures

1953

Directed first fiction feature, "Girls in the Night/Life After Dark"

1959

Producer (also director) of first fiction feature, "No Name on the Bullet"

1981

John Landis had tried to mount a project for Arnold to direct, an unrealized remake of "Creature from the Black Lagoon"

1984

Made a cameo appearance in John Landis's "Into the Night"

Photo Collections

Revenge of the Creature - Lobby Cards
Revenge of the Creature - Lobby Cards
The Incredible Shrinking Man - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Creature from the Black Lagoon - Lobby Cards
Here are a few lobby cards from Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Tarantula - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Universal's Tarantula (1955). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
It Came from Outer Space - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from It Came from Outer Space (1953). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
High School Confidential! - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Albert Zugsmith's High School Confidential! (1958). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Mouse That Roared - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Mouse That Roared (1959), starring Pter Sellers. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Incredible Shrinking Man - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

It Came From Outer Space (1953) - It's A Nice Town Richard Carlson narrates about his fictional town, working from writer Ray Bradbury’s only original material ever written for a movie, introducing himself and Barbara Rush, with many shots, including a big meteor, created for the original 3-D exhibition, opening It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - Like Nothing We've Ever Seen First to the scene of the meteor impact, writer and amateur astronomer John (Richard Carlson) has told his gal Ellen and chopper pilot Pete (Barbara Rush, Dave Willock) to hang back, as he gets a good look at more effects designed for the 3-D feature, from a Ray Bradbury story, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - The Desert Can Kill John (Richard Carlson) is getting public mockery and sympathy from only girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush) for his claims that he found a spaceship in the meteor crater now covered by an avalanche, stopping by a tree that spooked them the night before, with a trace of the alien’s trail, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - The Wind Gets In The Wires Not far from the site where the meteor landed, and where we know he really did see a spaceship, John (Richard Carlson) and girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush) visit with friendly electrical linemen George and Frank (Russell Johnson, Joe Sawyer), sharing more insight from the original Ray Bradbury story, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - It's Not A Wig Young-married Linda (Paula Prentiss) fails in her attempt to renew romance with husband Larry (Jim Hutton), seeking help from do-gooder Rosemary (Lana Turner), who's already assisting Bob Hope, who still hasn't revealed that he's the reviled writer Niles, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961.
Incredible Shrinking Man, The (1957) - To The Galley, Wench! Narration by star Grant Williams, notably grim as he enjoys a slightly ribald exchange on a borrowed yacht with his wife (Randy Stuart), opening director Jack Arnold's The Incredible Shrinking Man, 1957, from Richard Matheson's story and screenplay.
Incredible Shrinking Man, The (1957) - How Big is He Now? His new size revealed in preceding scenes, and the press now onto the story, Scott (Grant Williams) losing his cool, with wife Louise (Randy Stuart), as the trick shots continue, in director Jack Arnold's The Incredible Shrinking Man, 1957.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - Romance Languages Dropped off by real estate lady co-star Lana Turner, Bob Hope as the under-cover playboy author of racy lifestyle books meets Linda (Paula Prentiss), neighbor in "Paradise Valley," where he's just become the only bachelor and lessee, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961.
Bachelor In Paradise (1961) - Really Dry Gibson Janis Paige is Dolores, estranged wife of the developer and by far the most forward of the women Niles (Bob Hope, famous playboy writer working under cover in a typical American planned community) will meet, in Bachelor In Paradise, 1961, co-starring Lana Turner.
Tarantula (1955) - Some Of These Big Brains Sheriff Andrews (Nestor Paiva) has persuaded M.D. Matt Hastings (John Agar) he needs to see a body found in the Arizona desert, soon identified by Prof. Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), early in Tarantula, 1955.
Tarantula (1955) - Graduate Work In Biology Just introducing themselves after she's hitched a ride from town, Arizona doctor Matt (John Agar) has news for grad student "Steve" (Mara Corday), neither knowing of the weird work her new employer Deemer (Leo G. Carroll) is up to, in Tarantula, 1955.
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) - Miracle Of Life Quick transit from the widest frame of reference to an improbable dig in Brazil, the opening narration from director Jack Arnold's Creature From The Black Lagoon, 1954, Antonio Moreno as Dr. Maia, also starring Richard Carlson and Julia Adams.

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Family

Susan Jacobson
Daughter
Kathy Arnold
Daughter

Companions

Betty Arnold
Wife

Bibliography

"Directed by Jack Arnold"
Dana M Reeves, McFarland (1988)