REVENGE OF THE CREATURE
Each photo is a first-generation reprint from the original prints. Every photo in the set will have this label on the back. If you do not see this label, you have bought a counterfeit multi-generation reproduction. Don't waste your money on a bootleg copy when you can get the very best quality prints from someone that was there.
Each Limited Edition Set will come with a Letter of Authenticity which will tell the story of the Beery family on the set of Revenge of the Creature. Every letter will be personally signed by me on behalf of my father. Every photo will be numbered. Only 50 of these Limited Edition Sets will be produced. Once 50 sets have been sold, they will no longer be sold as a numbered 'set'.
Not only are you buying a few unpublished photographs, you are also privileged to a very unique story associated with the movie, Revenge of the Creature. By the time you finish reading this page, you will have a great untold motion picture story to share.
#1. Stuntman Tom Hennesy darns skintight Creature suit.
#2. Stuntman Tom Hennesy in full Creature suit ready for his scene.
#3. Stunt fall into the tank.
#4. Lead actor John Bromfield and stuntman Tom Hennesy film fight scene for 3-D camera.
#5. Stuntman Tom Hennesy and lead actor John Bromfiled prepared to film fight scene.
#6. Stuntman Hennesy and actor John Bromfield in fight scene.
#7. Six year old Jere Beery Jr. on the shoulder of lead actor John Agar (1954). Jere Beery Jr. was hired to play the part of a child that falls down and starts crying when he sees the Creature loose in Marineland. However, during rehearsal for Jere's film debut the young Beery got tickled and could not stop laughing. Although he lost his part to a classmate, he was still paid $20 and got to spend the entire day watching the making of the movie. The little girl who appears in the movie was a classmate of Jere Jr's. Her name is Teresa Blackmire from St. Augustine. 'If' Jere Jr. had not lost his part in the movie, the Beery family would have had 3 family members appearing in the same movie; Jere Beery, Sr., Jere Beery, Jr., and Jere Jr.'s sister, Patsy Lee Beery.
#8. Jere Beery Jr. with actress Lori Nelson on the set of Revenge of the Creature (1954)
#9. Jere Beery Sr. was a well known professional photographer in St. Augustine Florida during the 1950s. At that time, he was the only photographer that took the pictures of tourist in the famous horse & carriages of the historic town. His photos are in scrapbooks all over the World. If you have a picture of your family in a horse-drawn carriage in St. Augustine in the 50s, look on the back, your picture was taken by my father. In addition, my dad owned and operated a photographic studio in the Oldest City. It was located on Aviles Street and mom, dad, and me lived in the back of the studio. As a child, I often took baths in a tub with dozens of film strips dangling over my head. Patsy, my sister, was 13 years older than me and lived in St. Joseph Academy & Catholic Convent across the street from dad's studio.
In Revenge of the Creature, Jere Beery Sr. plays the part of a news photographer watching John Bromfield revive the Creature in a Marineland tank. The picture below is the head shot my dad submitted for the movie audition. He only had one line in the movie. When asked; "how long have they been walking the Creature?" Dad replies; "about two hours." Dad use to joke; there are no small parts, only small actors.
Each Limited Edition Sets of all 9 unpublished photos
$75.00, Plus $5 S&H
Here is where the story of my dad's photographs takes a unforeseen twist. The 6 year old little boy seen in the Creature pictures above grew up to pursue a modest motion picture career of his own. As a Bonus for your purchase, you will receive an autographed 8 X 10 stunt picture of Jere Beery Jr. in action. In other words, you will receive 10 very unique and rare 'Beery' movie photos!
Below you will find additional photos you may down load at no cost.
Actress / Model, Patsy Lee Beery (1954)
This picture was used as the Easter cover shot for Florida Magazine. In Revenge of the Creature, Miss Beery plays the part of a young girl necking with her boy friend in a convertible. She had one line; "We weren't doing anything, officer.
Patsy would marry local cartoonist, Clayton Powers of St. Augustine, Florida. Clayton worked at Marineland and made many friends with the movie crew who were there to film the Black Lagoon sequel. After the production crew left town, Clayton and Patsy produced a amateur home movie satire of the 'Revenge of the Creature'. Their movie was filmed on 8mm stock and became somewhat of a cult-classic in it's own right. One particular memorable scene in this no-budget production was when the "Creature" is revived and kept alive in a apartment bath tub while being fed martinis to keep him sedated. In another scene, Clayton's character is thrown from the roof of a 5 story building into an ally and where he spends the next 5 minutes milking a long drawn-out death scene. Copies of the their home movie were passed around by the real film crew for many years after that. I have heard there may be a 8mm copy in the safe at Marineland, but I have no idea if that is true. If anyone knows where a copy of this short film is, please contact me. Pasty Beery Powers passed away in 1997. Clayton Powers passed away in the early 90s.
Beery Family History
Jere Beery Sr. only worked on two movies during his life. In addition to 'Revenge of the Creature', he was a Extra in the 1951 action movie 'Distant Drums' with Gary Cooper. Dad played the part of a dead indian on the grounds of the Old Fort in St. Augustine. Our family laughed about that bit of 'movie trivia' for many years. Mr. Beery Sr. continued to act in local theater with his wife Mildred during the 50s. Jere A. Beery Sr. passed away in 1976.
The first picture is of Jere and Mildred Beery Sr. (1954) staring in the play "Big Doorstep". The second picture is a Universal Studio publicity still from Revenge of the Creature which shows Jere Beery, Sr. I was totally unaware this photograph even existed until well-known movie historian Johnny Gilbert shared it with me. Thanks Johnny!
Mrs. Jere Beery Sr. (Mildred) appeared on the popular TV game show, 'What's My Line?' in 1958. Her line was, she made hats for horses in St. Augustine Florida. Mildred Beery is also credited with creating the famous St. Augustine Easter Parade, which has become a yearly tradition.
Mildred Beery and John Daly on 'What's My Line?' (1958)
Mildred (Coffman) Beery was a very good friend of actor Buddy Ebsen and his sister Velma Ebsen in Orlando Florida during the 1930s. Mrs. Beery and Mr. Ebsen worked on several radio productions together. Mildred Beery passed away in 1985.
Mildred Beery (Coffman) goes over radio script with Buddy Ebsen (1937)
From left to right, Velma Ebsen, Buddy Ebsen, Baby Patsy, and Mildred Beery (Coffman) (1936)
Mildred Beery (Coffman) hosted her own radio program in Orlando Florida during the 30s.
In spite of horrendous wounds Jere Beery Jr. suffered during his service in Vietnam War, he went on to work on a number of movies, commercials and TV productions. The junior Beery worked as an actor, stuntman, model, and special effects technician for many years in the southeast during the 80s. Here are a few production shots for your enjoyment. [Click on any photo to enlarge]
Long time professional stuntman, Rico Browning preformed all of the Creature's underwater stunts on both Black Lagoon movies. In 1986, Jere Beery Jr. worked several weeks as a stuntman on a movie with Rico Browning. (32 years after he, his father and sister worked on Revenge of the Creature.) The movie was 'The Heavenly Kid', and Browning was the stunt coordinator on that film. Jere Beery Jr. was one of his utility stuntmen.
Rico Browning, Jere Beery Jr., R.J. Huff on the set of 'The Heavenly Kid' (1986)
If you think you recognize the surname 'BEERY', you do. Wallace Beery won an Academy Award in 1932 for Best Actor, "The Champ". His brother, Noah Beery Sr. was also a successful movie actor. Noah's son, Noah Beery Jr. was very successful in both movies and TV. Jere Beery's family is related to all of these great actors.
Jere Beery Jr. quite the movie business over 15 years ago to pursue matters of importance to our men and women in uniform. He now lives in Jefferson Ohio and is a recognized advocate for veteran's rights. Beery is very active in issues affecting our former military personnel and their families. Before his movie work, Jere Beery Jr. served 3 tours in Vietnam and was awarded 1 Bronze Star and 3 Purple Hearts for his service. The remarkable true story of Beery's survival in Vietnam was featured in the 1982 book; "Brown Water, Black Berets", by LCDR. Tom Cutler of the U.S. Navel Academy in Annapolis Maryland, history department. The chapter is titled; 'God Be Here'
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ONE FINAL NOTE!
This Universal Studio publicity photo features Judeena 'Teresa' Blackmer, the 6 year old little girl that actually got the part in the movie. Teresa was my very first girl friend and I use to go her house on the bay front in St. Augustine to play all the time. If anyone knows her whereabouts, please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
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