SCREEN SIRENS SCREAM!
Paul and Donna Parla... the one's responsible for rediscovering and bringing
Ben Chapman & Tom Hennesy out of the Black Lagoon
Screen Sirens Scream! - Paul Parla & Charles P. Mitchell's Definitive Hardcover Book
'Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir, and Mystery Movies, 1930's to 1960's
|The Real Creature... Ben Chapman appears
for the first time at a collectors show... The Hollywood Collectors Show in Los Angeles, 1992. Paul Parla Poses with Ben.
|Julia Adams gets carried away by Ben Chapman... The
Creature From The Black Lagoon.
|Ben Chapman claims his prize... Julia Adams.
|Bullets can't stop Ben Chapman as the original
Gill-Man of The Black Lagoon.
|Ben Chapman rises from the depths of the Black Lagoon.
|Ben Chapman corners Richard Carlson and Julia Adams in
his lair in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.
|Creature From The Black Lagoon - in FULL COLOR!
visit with TOM HENNESY just after conducting his first interview in
1991. Seen here with Donna Parla and a re-issue REVENGE OF THE CREATURE
1960's British quad poster.
|TOM HENNESY - 1991... the Gill-Man of REVENGE OF THE
CREATURE - 1955.
|Tom Hennesy and John Bromfield from REVENGE OF THE
|Ricou Browning from Creature Walks Among Us.
breakfasts with John Agar, Jock Mahoney and others back in the 1980's
often brought out more rare faces. Stunt-man, AL WYATT, who 'took the
fire' as the Gill-Man in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and CREATURE
WALKS AMONG US.
somewhat controversial photo appeared in Famous Monsters #5 in 1959.
Quite obviously showing Ricou Browning as the diver feeding air to an
'unknown', at the time, we guess, underwater Gill-Man. Even at that
time the photo seems to be not properly identified and claims that it
is from The Creature Walks Among Us and implies that it is also Ricou
Browning as the Gill-Man in the photo. Well, aside from it being Ricou
Browning as the diver, Tom Hennesy recently viewed this photo and
intsantly recognized it as indeed Ricou Browning as the diver feeding
air to the later, 'dismissed' underwater Gill-Man, John Lamb from
Revenge of the Creature.
|Ben's second major show appearance arranged by Paul and
Donna. The 'Chiller' Expo in New Jersey, 1995.
Chapman at the 'Hollywood Collectors Show'. Paul and Donna arranged to
have Ben Appear to his fans for the first time. The lines of fans grew
fast as Donna and Ben smile for the camera. 1992
Chapman and Paul at breakfast a few hours before Ben's very first
appearance at the 'Hollywood Collectors Show', Beverly Garland Hotel,
North Hollywood, CA. 1992