MILL CREEK SCI-FI FROM THE VAULT: The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)

The only movie — outside of when he was a bit player and stuntman — that Lou Costello starred in without Bud Abbott, this movie was based on an original screenplay titled The Secret Bride of Candy Rock Mountain. Directed by Sidney Miller (who started as an actor and also wrote songs for musicals like Moonlight in Vermont) and written by Rowland Barber and Arthur Ross, it was released in theaters five months after Costello died from the result of a decade plus fight with rheumatic fever (but not before enjoying the best strawberry malted ever).

Costello is inventor and junk collction Artie Pinsetter, who is engaged to Emmy Lou Raven (Dorothy Provine,  It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), who is quickly exposed to radiation and turned into the titular gigantic woman. They live in the small desert town of Candy Rock, which is owned by Emmy’s rich uncle Rossiter (Gale Gordon, who would be Lucille Ball’s antagonist in many shows).

This movie almost had Liberace in it, which would make this goofy movie even stranger.

The Mill Creek Sci-Fi from the Vault set also has Creature With the Atom Brain, It Came From Beneath the Sea and 20 Million Miles to Earth. There’s a commentary track for The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock from Larry Strothe, Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan and James Goni from The Monster Party Podcast, plus two featurettes, They Came from Beyond and Fantastic Features. You can get it from Deep Discount.

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