“Twelve minutes left. What a time to run out of sugar!” Especially when you’re having a little coffee with your sugar. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they gaze in wonder at Fantastic Voyage (1966), remarkable for its special effects and for being one of Raquel Welch’s 1966 breakout roles.
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 146 – Fantastic Voyage (1966)
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A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter it.
- Director: Richard Fleischer
- Writing Credits: Harry Kleiner (screenplay); David Duncan (adaptation); (story by) Otto Klement and Jerome Bixby (as Jay Lewis Bixby)
- Music by: Leonard Rosenman
- Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo
- Film Editing: William B. Murphy
- Sound Department: Walter Rossi (Sound Effects) (uncredited)
- Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith, Dale Hennesy
- Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Stuart A. Reiss
- Visual Effects:
- Art Cruickshank (special photographic effects)
- L.B. (Bill) Abbott (special photographic effects)
- Emil Kosa Jr. (special photographic effects)
- Marcel Delgado (miniatures) (uncredited)
- Selected Cast:
- Stephen Boyd as Charles Grant
- Raquel Welch as Cora Peterson, the technical asst for Dr. Duval
- Edmond O’Brien as General Alan Carter
- Donald Pleasence as Dr. Michaels
- Arthur O’Connell as Colonel Donald Reid
- William Redfield as Captain Bill Owens
- Arthur Kennedy as Dr. Peter Duval
- Jean Del Val as Dr. Jan Benes
- Barry Coe as communications aide
- Ken Scott as a Secret Service agent
- Shelby Grant as nurse
- James Brolin as technician
- James Doohan as Dr. Sawyer (Hypothermia technician) (uncredited)
Raquel Welch passed away on 15 February 2023, so the Classic Era Grue Crew thought a fitting tribute would be to cover one of her first breakout roles. Released a few weeks before One Million Years B.C. (1966), Fantastic Voyage features her as the only woman in a seven-member ensemble cast populated by excellent character actors, and she proves herself up to the task. The film’s crew is also the recipient of two Academy Awards with an additional three nominations. The Grue Crew goes a tiny bit giddy over this influential classic from the 60s. Check out what they have to say.
At the time of this writing, Fantastic Voyage is available to stream from most PPV sites, and as a very economical Blu-ray treatment from 20th Century Studios.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne, the BBC TV Live production of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954), starring Pete Cushing, Yvonne Mitchell, Donald Pleasence, and André Morell!
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