Filmography - the ultimate Harryhausen guide

All features are listed under the release dates.


1935 to 1936

CAVEBEAR

16mm. B/W.
Experimental film in which a huge cavebear attacks ‘Kong’, Ray’s dog.

VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL DINOSAUR FILMS

16mm. B/W.
There are a number of experimental and test short films for which Ray built a number of models including a triceratops and a stegosaurus.

1937

THE JUPITER PROJECT (unrealised)

16mm. Colour.

1 minute of test footage shot.  This was planned to be a Flash Gordon-like adventure in which a spaceship lands on Jupiter and encounters and multi-armed creature.

1940

EVOLUTION OF THE WORLD (aka EVOLUTION) (unrealised)

16mm. Colour.
Some footage was shot including an attack by a tyrannosaurus rex on a triceratops and a brontosaurus, as well as the mammoth.

Four models (three of them only the armatures) still exist from this project – the mammoth, the tyrannosaurus rex (armature), the brontosaurus (armature) and a pteradactyl (part armature).
1940 to 1942

THE PUPPETOONS [MADCAP MODELS]

35mm. Colour.
Series of shorts (of which RH only worked on thirteen), produced by George Pal for Paramount Pictures.

Western Daze (1941)
Dipsy Gypsy (1941)
Hoola Boola (1941)
Gaye Knighties (1941)
Rhythm in the Ranks (1941)
Sleeping Beauty (1941)
Jasper and the Watermelons (1942)
The Sky Princess (1942)
Mr. Strauss Takes a Walk (1942)
Tulips Shall Grow (1942)
The Little Broadcast (1942)
Jasper and the Haunted House (1942)
Jasper and the Choo-Cho (1942) [with Willis O'Brien]

1941

HOW TO BUILD A BRIDGE (aka HOW TO BRIDGE A GORGE)

16mm. Colour. 5 minutes.
This was a demonstration film illustrating the possible use of stop motion animation for possibly wartime training films.

1942 to 1945

Various work for the US Army Signal Corp under Frank Capra - notably:-

WHY WE FIGHT series (US WAR OFFICE)
Prelude to War
Nazis Strike, The
Divide and Conquer
Battle of Britain, The
Battle of Russia, The
Battle of China, The
War Comes to America

NEGRO SOLDIER (1944)
Dir: Stuart Heisler

LET THERE BE LIGHT (1946)
Director John Huston
A 58 minute documentary that shows the effects of war on US servicemen.  'One of the best films ever made'.

SNAFU
Modelled statue for cartoon series.

GUADALCANAL

16mm. Colour. 10 minutes.
Ray made this independently to illustrate the use of stop-motion for propaganda films.

1945

LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTE COMMERCIAL

16mm. Colour. 2 minutes.
Made to sell the idea of using stop-motion as an advertising medium.

1946

MOTHER GOOSE STORIES

16mm. Colour.
Fairy Tales (for the sake of continuity we have called the film a Fairy Tale but actually there were four separate stories, none of which were fairy tales but were actually Nursery Rhymes.  The stories were - ‘Little Miss Muffet’, ‘Old Mother Hubbard’, ‘The Queen of Hearts’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’.
9 minutes 57 seconds.
Associate: Fred Blasalif (Fred Harryhausen) 
Costumes: Martha Reske (Martha Harryhausen)
Produced by Ray Harryhausen.

All the models from this short film still exist.

SILVER DOLLAR COMMERCIAL

16mm. Colour.  
Made for an investment company.

RELIGIOUS FILM (Correct title unknown)

16mm. Colour. 
Made for an unknown religious organisation.

KENNY KEY

16mm. Colour.
Television commercials for a Californian real estate company.

Some models and casts from this project still exist.

1949

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

RKO. B/W. 94 minutes.
Producers: Merian C. Cooper & John Ford
Director:  Ernest B. Schoedsack
Screenplay: Ruth Rose (from an original story by Merian C. Cooper)
Technical Creator: Willis H. O’Brien
Second Technician: Peter Peterson
Technical Staff: George Lofgren, Marcel Delgado, Fitch Fulton
Cinematographer:  J. Roy Hunt
Art Director: James Basevi
Editor: Ted Cheesman
Photographic Effects: Harold Stine / Bert Willis
Optical Effects: Linwood Dunn
Music: Roy Webb
Cast: Terry Moore, Robert Armstrong, Ben Johnson, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Regis Toomey and Mr Joseph Young as himself.

Main on-screen credit: First Technician - Ray Harryhausen

Sadly Ray was too shy to ask for his model of Joe, which during animation he called Jennifer, but Ray does have a small human model that was used for Jill that had previously been made for O’Brien’s unrealised project WAR EAGLES.

WAR OF THE WORLDS (unrealised)

16mm. Colour. 
Shot approximately 4 minutes of test footage of the Martian emerging from the space capsule.

Part of the Martian used for the test still exists.

FOOD OF THE GODS (unrealised)

This was to be based on a story by H.G.Wells but only one drawing was made of giant bee / wasp attacking a gun emplacement.

1950

THE VALLEY OF THE MIST (unrealised Willis O'Brien project)

This was to be about the discovery of an allosaurus in a lost valley.  Ray completed three key drawings for the project (an allosaurus after killing a triceratops, a triceratops attacking an allosaurus and a pterodactyl being roped by natives) but he didn’t show them to Willis O’Brien with whom he was working on the project.

THE STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

16mm. Colour Fairy Tale. 8 minutes 22 seconds.
Associate: Fred Blasauf (Fred Harryhausen) 
Costumes: Martha Reske (Martha Harryhausen)
Narrative: Charlotte Knight
Narrator: James Matthews
Animation: Ray Harryhausen
Produced by Ray Harryhausen

All the models from this short film still exist.

BARON MUNCHAUSEN (unrealised)

16mm. Colour.
Approximately 50 seconds of test footage shot of the Baron meeting and talking with the Giant in the Moon.

The original model of the Baron does not exist but there is a plaster copy made from the same mould.  Also existing is the lever operated armatured bust of the Giant which has just been rediscovered.

1951

THE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL

16mm. Colour Fairy Tale. 9 minutes 47 seconds.
Produced and Directed: Ray Harryhausen
Associate: Fred Blasauf (Fred Harryhausen) 
Costumes: Martha Reske (Marthat Harryhausen)
Adaptation: Charlotte Knight
Narrator: Hugh Douglas
Produced and Directed by Ray Harryhausen

All the models from this short film still exist.

1952

THE STORY OF RAPUNZEL

16mm. Colour Fairy Tale. 10 minutes 25 seconds.
Produced and directed: Ray Harryhausen   
Associate: Fred Blasauf (Fred Harryhausen) 
Costumes: Martha Reske (Martha Harryhausen)
Narrative: Charlotte Knight
Narrator: Del Moore
Produced and Directed by Ray Harryhausen

All the models from this short film still exist.

THE BEAST FROM 20, 000 FATHOMS

Warner Bros. B/W. 80 minutes.
Producers: Hal Chester and Jack Dietz.
Associate Producer and Editor: Bernard W. Burton
Director / Art Director: Eugene Lourie
Screenplay: Lou Morheim, Fred Freiberger
Suggested by ‘The Saturday Evening Post’ story by Ray Bradbury
Cinematographer: Jack Russell
Music:  David Buttolph
Cast: Paul Christain, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, Jack Pennick, Lee Van Cleef, King Donovan

Main on-screen credit: Technical Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

Only the resin head of the rhedosaurus and the miniature lighthouse still exist.

THE ELEMENTALS (unrealised)

Ray wrote the original outline story and shot a 2 minute 35mm colour test featuring himself.  The story told of bat creatures that nest in the Eiffel Tower and terrorise Paris.  Ray sold the idea for development to Jack Dietz in 1953 but the project, after several scripts including one by Ray Bradbury languished.  The rights for the story have now reverted back to Ray.

1953

THE STORY OF KING MIDAS

16mm. Colour Fairy Tale. 9 minutes 45 seconds.
Produced and directed: Ray Harryhausen
Associate: Fred Blasalif (Fred Harryhausen) 
Costumes: Martha Reske (Martha Harryhausen)
Narration written by: Charlotte Knight
Narrator: Del Moore
Produced by Ray Harryhausen

All the models from this short film still exist.

THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE (unrealised)

16mm. Colour Fairy Tale. 
Only 3 minutes were shot of the tortoise preparing to race the arrogant hare, while the fox as the starting master, looks on.

All the models from this short film still exist including the tortoise, which was thought lost.

1955

IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA

Columbia Pictures. B/W. 80 minutes.
Executive Producer: Sam Katzman   
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Robert Gordon
Screenplay: George Worthing Yates / Hal Smith
Story by George Worthing Yates
Cinematographer: Henry Freulich
Art Director: Paul Palmentola
Editor: Jerome Thoms
Music:  Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cast: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Harry Lauter, Ian Keith

Main on-screen credit: Technical Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

The upper body of the octopus still exists but the tentacle armatures were ‘culled’ to use as dinosaur tails.  The armatures, with some latex, of the large tentacles used for close-ups have also just been found.  The Oakland Ferry Gate miniature also still exists as does the miniature submarine and torpedo.

1956

THE ANIMAL WORLD

Warner Brothers. Colour. 82 minutes.
Written, Produced and Directed by Irwin Allen
Cinematographer: Harold Wellman ASC
Art Director: Bert Tuttle
Music: Paul Sawtell
Supervising Animator: Willis O’Brien

Main on-screen credit: Animation by Ray Harryhausen

EARTH Vs THE FLYING SAUCERS

Columbia Pictures. B/W. 83 minutes.
Executive Producer: Sam Katzman
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Fred F. Sears
Screenplay: George Worthing Yates / Raymond T. Marcus (Bernard Gordon)
Screen story by Curt Siodmak suggested by ‘Flying Saucers from Outer Space’ by Major Donald E. Keyhoe
Cinematographer: Fred Jackman Jr
Art Director: Paul Palmentola
Editor: Danny D. Landres
Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cast: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, with the voice of Paul Frees

Main on-screen credit: Technical Effects created by Ray Harryhausen

All of the model saucers still exist.

1957

20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH

Columbia Pictures.  A Morningside Production.  B/W. 82 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Nathan Juran
Screenplay: Bob Williams, Christopher Knop
Story by Charlotte Knight
Cinematographers:  Irving Lippmann / Carlos Ventigmilia
Art Director: Cary Odell
Editor: Edwin Bryant
Music:  Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cast: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, Thomas Browne Henry

Main on screen credit: Technical Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

Sadly the original Ymir doesn’t exist but Ray has made exact copies of the creature.  The miniature lamp post which the Ymir grabs and breaks in Rome was also found recently.

1958

THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD

Columbia Pictures. A Morningside Production. Colour. 89 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer.
Director:  Nathan Juran.
Screenplay: Kenneth Kolb (based on an original story by Ray Harryhausen)
Cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper.
Art Director: Gil Parrendo
Editors: Edwin Bryant & Jerome Thomas
Technical Assistant: George Lofgren
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher, Richard Eyer, Alec Mango, Danny Green

In DYNAMATION The New Miracle of The Screen

Main on-screen credit: Special Visual Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

The Cyclops armature still exists although missing a leg (the missing foot has just been found and will be restored), the dragons head and horns, the baby Roc and the mother Roc heads all still exist.  Also in the collection is the miniature crossbow.

1959

THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER

Columbia Pictures. A Morningside Production. colour. 100 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Jack Sher
Screenplay:  Arthur Ross & Jack Sher
Based on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift
Cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper
Art Directors: Gil Parrendo / Derek Barrington
Editor: Raymond Poulton
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson, Basil Sydney, Mary Ellis, Gregoire Aslan, Charles Lloyd Pack, Martin Benson, Peter Bull

Filmed in: SUPER DYNAMATION

Main on screen credit: Special Visual Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

The squirrel and a hard rubber copy of the alligator still exist.

1960

TARZAN AND THE ANT MEN (unrealised)

This title, which would have a fantasy film that featured Tarzan, was considered by Ray and Charles soon after the completion of The 3 Worlds of Gulliver but was dropped because of the difficulties to obtain rights to the Tarzan franchise.

1961

FOOD OF THE GODS (unrealised)

Only one drawing made of a giant chicken towering over a house.

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

Columbia Pictures. Colour. 101 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Cy Endfield
Screenplay: John Prebble / Daniel Ullmann / Crane Wilbur
Based on the novel ‘L’Ile Mysterieuse’ by Jules Verne
Cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper
Underwater Photography: Egil Woxholt
Art Director: Bill Andrews
Editor: Frederick Wilson
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Cast: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Beth Rogan, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson

Filmed in: SUPER DYNAMATION

Main on-screen credit: Special Visual Effects Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

The crab, the bee and the nautiloid cephalopod still exist although the cephalopod has lost its shell (Ray left it behind at Shepperton Studios when he completed animation).

1963

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Columbia Pictures.  A Morningside Production.  Colour. 104 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Don Chaffey
Screenplay: Jan Read / Beverley Cross
Cinematography: Wilkie Cooper
Art Directors: Herbert Smith / Jack Maxsted / Tony Sarzi-Braga
Editor: Maurice Rootes
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Cast: Todd Armstrong, Gary Raymond, Nancy Kovack, Honor Blackman, Nigel Green, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Niall MacGinnis, Laurence Naismith, Jack Gwillim, Patrick Troughton, Andrew Faulds, Fernando Poggi

Main on-screen credits: Associate Producer Ray Harryhausen -  Creator of Special Visual Effects

Six and half skeletons (the legs are missing on one), the Hydra, Talos and one of the Harpies, still exist.  Also found recently were the armature for the large hand and foot of Talos.

SKIN AND BONE (unrealised)

Only one drawing made of a skeleton sitting up in bed and scaring a lady in the adjacent bed.  It was to have been based on a 1936 novel by Thorne Smith about a photographer who invents a compound that makes him invisible.

1964

FIRST MEN IN THE MOON

Columbia Pictures.  Colour.  103 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Director: Nathan Juran
Screenplay: Nigel Kneale & Jan Read
From the story by H.G.Wells
Cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper
Photographed in LunaColor and Panavision
Art Director: John Blezard
Editor: Maurice Rootes
Music: Laurie Johnson
Cast: Edward Judd, Lionel Jefferies, Martha Hyer, Miles Malleson, Peter Finch (uncredited as the Baliff’s man)

Filmed in DYNAMATION the miracle of the screen

Main on-screen credit: Associate Producer Ray Harryhausen - Creator of Special Visual Effects

A hard rubber mooncalf, four of the small Selenite models, three of the larger Selenite models, the Grand Lunar and the miniature of Cavor’s sphere all still exist.

1966

ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.

A Hammer Film Production. Colour. 100 minutes.
Produced by Michael Carreras
Associate Producer: Aida Young
Directed by Don Chaffey
Screenplay: Michael Carreras
Adapted from an original screenplay by Mickell Novak, George Baker, Joseph     Frickert
Cinematographer:  Wilkie Cooper
Art Director: Robert Jones
Editors: James Needs / Tom Simpson
Prologue Designed by Les Bowie
Music and Special Musical Effects:  Mario Nascimbene
Cast: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick

Main on-screen credit: Special Visual Effects Created by Ray Harryhausen

The model of the allosaurus, the brontosaurus, the pterodactyls, the archelon and the miniature figure of Rachel Welch all still exist.

1969

THE VALLEY OF GWANGI

Warner Bros - Seven Arts. Colour. 95 minutes.
Producer: Charles H. Schneer
Directer: James O' Connolly
Screenplay: William E.Bast, additional material by Julian More
Inspired by the 1941 unrealised project 'Gwangi'; co-produced by Willis O'Brien and John Speaks, script by Harold Lamb and Emily Barrye
Cinematographer:  Erwin Hillier
Art Director: Gil Parrondo
Editor: Henry Richardson
Music:  Jerome Moross
Cast: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, Freda Jackson, Curtis Arden

Filmed in DYNAMATION the miracle of the screen

Main on-screen credit:  Associate Producer and Creator of Visual Effects Ray Harryhausen

Gwangi, the styracosaurus, the ornithomimus, the pterodactyl and the miniature of the small boy all still exist.

1973

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD

Columbia Pictures. Colour. 105 minutes.
Producers: Charles H. Schneer & Ray Harryhausen
Director: Gordon Hessler
Screenplay: Brian Clemens
From a story by Brian Clemens & Ray Harryhausen
Cinematographer:  Ted Moore
Art Director: Fernando Gonzalez
Special Masks: Colin Arthur
Editor: Roy Watts
Music: Miklós Rózsa
Cast: John Phillip Law, Tom Baker, Caroline Munro, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw, Gregoire Aslan, Kurt Christian

Filmed in DYNARAMA

Main on-screen technical credit: Creator of Special Visual Effects Ray Harryhausen

Kali, the Cyclopean Centaur, the Gryphon, the homunculus, the Figurehead (standing and kneeling), all still exist.

1977

SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER

Columbia Pictures. Colour. 113 minutes.
Producers: Charles H.Schneer & Ray Harryhausen
Director: Sam Wanamaker
Screenplay: Beverley Cross
Story by Beverley Cross and Ray Harryhausen
Based on an original story by Ray Harryhausen
Cinematographer: Ted Moore
Art Directors: Fernando Gonzalez / Fred Carter
Editor: Roy Watts
Music: Roy Budd
Cast: Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, Patrick     Troughton, Kurt Christian, Nadim Sawalha

Filmed in DYNARAMA

Main on-screen technical credits: - Creator of Special Visual Effects Ray Harryhausen

Trog, the three ghouls, two baboons (one large and one small), the walrus, the wasp, the Minaton and the sabre-toothed tiger all still exist.  Also two sizes of the baboon’s cage.

1981

CLASH OF THE TITANS

MGM. Colour. 118 minutes.
Producers: Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen
Director: Desmond Davis
Screenplay: Beverley Cross
Cinematographer: Ted Moore
Assistants to Ray Harryhausen: Jim Danforth & Steven Archer
Special Miniatures: Cliff Culley
Model Makers: Janet Stevens / Colin Chivers
Special Opticals: Frank Van Der Veer / Roy Field
Masks: Colin Arthur
Art Directors: Giorgio Desideri / Peter Howitt / Don Picton / Fernando Gonzalez
Editor: Timothy Gee
Music:  Laurence Rosenthal
Cast: Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, Jack Gwillam, Ursula Andress, Siân Phillips, Flora Robson, Freda Jackson, Anna Manahan, Donald Houston, Tim Pigott-Smith, Neil McCarthy, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach

Main on-screen credits: Creator of Special Visual Effects Ray Harryhausen

Bubo (three sizes – one armatured, one mechanical and one very small), Pegasus (two sizes), the Kraken (two sizes – one armatured and one large armatured upper torso), the Vulture (two sizes), Calibos (two armatured sizes), Dioskilos and Medusa all still exist.

SINBAD AND THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD (unrealised)

Beverley Cross wrote a number of ideas for this project and Ray changed them.  In the end the project telling of Sinbad’s quest to find the clues to a treasure in the seven ancient wonders of the world, failed to gain interest.

SINBAD GOES TO MARS (aka Sinbad on Mars, Sinbad’s Voyage to Mars) (unrealised)

This project went through many versions and in the end remained unrealised.  However before Stargate (1994) Ray and writer Beverley Cross invented a machine inside the Great Pyramid of Giza to transport Sinbad to Mars.

1983

PEOPLE OF THE MIST (unrealised)

This was a story that was to have been made with British director Michael Winner.  However the story, based on an H.Rider Haggard adventure of an expedition to Africa to locate the Land of the Mist, was dropped by Ray because of Winner’s insistence on radically changing the story.

Various clay models of one of the creatures and the huge sacrificial statue still exist.

1984

FORCE OF THE TROJANS (unrealised)

This was going to be another Clash of the Titans but because of the advent of the anti-hero and digital effects was thought by distributors to be too old fashioned.  The story was a version, with mythological creatures, of Aeneas and his journey after the fall of Troy.


1996 to 1998

THE STORY OF ODYSSEUS (unrealised)

For Carrington & Cosgrove Hall Productions
Consultant on story development and character design.

1998

DAIRLYLEA DIP COMMERCIAL

Advisor and consultant on animation (a spoof of One Million Years BC) in which a carnivorous prehistoric animal uses a girl to dunk into his dip!

1999

WORKING WITH DINOSAURS

UK television documentary made by October Films for UK broadcaster Channel 4.
Photographed 28 seconds of animation in which one of the skeletons from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS stands from a crouching position to face Ray who was shot against a blue screen.

2000 to 2001

THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

16mm. Colour. A Ray Harryhausen Production.
This was the completion of the short subject, which was begun in 1953. Conceived and written by Ray, and based on his story and designs, the film was animated and photographed in the US by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh using all the original models except the tortoise, which had to be rebuilt as the original had been lost.  Ray also animated some sequences.

ADDITIONAL HARRYHAUSEN

1985

SPIES LIKE US

Directed by John Landis.
Guest appearance with others which included special effects technician Derek Meddings.  Seen as a surgeon in tent sequence.

1994

BEVERLY HILLS COP III

Directed by John Landis.
Guest appearance in bar sequence.

1998

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

Ray made a guest appearance in this RKO/Disney remake of his 1949 film. Ray, along with Terry Moore (who played Jill in the original), can be seen crawling under tables in the reception sequence.

2003

ELF

Entertainment/New Line
Ray voiced the Polar Bear Cub.

2010

BURKE & HARE

Ealing Studios / Fragile Productions.
Directed by John Landis.
Ray has a cameo role playing a distinguished member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

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