Upon close inspection everything looks ship shape.
Model and actress Mara Corday, née Marilyn Watts, captains this nautical 1953 Corp. A. Fox Technicolor lithograph. Corday is one of those vintage actresses who has a cult following today, which in her case mainly derives from starring in three cheesy sci-fi films—Tarantula, The Giant Claw, and The Black Scorpion. She also appeared in some thrillers and noirs, but her stardom was truly cemented when she was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for October 1958. That centerfold may be one of the most demure the magazine ever published, but the issue sold well, owing to Corday's status as an established movie star. She's still with us at age eighty-eight, and these images are nice mementos from a time when legions of fans were willing to sail anywhere with her.
Little known film gave us first known instance of overacting on a movie poster.
Despite the cinema-style one sheet, Tarantulas: Deadly Cargo was made for U.S. television. Claude Akins and a cast of b-stalwarts—including Dr. Johnny Fever himself, Howard Hesseman—give this one everything they’ve got. Sadly, they are saddled with a preposterous storyline and upstaged by their own promo department, which slapped together a poster that portrays most of the film’s salient plot points (storm, lightning, plane crash, nearby city, spider swarm, and so forth) without taking up 100 minutes of your life. Plus it’s got that giant, horrified head we haven’t seen the likes of since, er, ever. Art fun, movie not so much. Tarantulas: Deadly Cargo premiered in the U.S. today in 1977.