Other Cowboy Stars — Tim Holt in “The Monster That Challenged The World”

September 5, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but director Arnold Laven talked Tim Holt out of retirement to star in this thing.

Commander John Twillinger is a Naval Investigator, a real hard-ass who regularly says stuff like “that’s against regulations, sailor” and “young lady, you are not to discuss that with anyone, do you understand?”  The men call him an eager beaver and he is, always cutting people off mid-sentence and talking over them.

In a word, this former cowboy star and accomplished character actor, son of the great Jack Holt, plays a nerd.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more here:  Charles Starrett might be better remembered today if only for two factors, and they are inter-related.  1) if his films had ever shown on TV and 2) if he had continued acting instead of retiring in 1952 at the relatively young age of 49.

Or, like Tim Holt, he had played one really great role in one really great film.  This one:

Not this one:


“The Monster That Challenged The World” features another scion of a cowboy great, Jody McCrea, who plays Johnson, a sailor who gets 2 minutes of screen time and is the 2nd dude eaten by the monster.

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2 Responses to “Other Cowboy Stars — Tim Holt in “The Monster That Challenged The World””

  1. JUST RECENTLY GOT SOME TIM HOLT WESTERNS…NOT SURE ABOUT THEM YET…HE DOES SOME MUSICAL FILMS AND OTHERS ARE YOUR BASIC B-WESTERN…SO FAR THEY ARE NOT AS FAST PACED AS “DURANGO KID” THERE IS ONE CHARACTER CALLED “CHITO RAFFERTY TIM HOLT’S SIDEKICK WHO CHASES THE WOMEN BECAUSE OF HIS LATIN BLOOD AND LIKES TO FIGHT BECAUSE OF HIS IRISH BLOOD…ALSO THE TIME PERIOD IS USUALLY SET IN THE LATE 1890’S SO WHAT SEEMS LIKE A WESTERN SUDDENLY THERE IS A TELEPHONE…THERE’S A COUPLE OF STARRETT WESTERNS SET IN THE WWII ERA WITH NAZI SPY’S…IN ANYCASE THEY ARE ALL FUN …. STEVE ONEIL

  2. I love THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD and Holt in it – he plays a snippy martinet but he loves kids unconditionally. Plus, he’s fat. So he was a hero of mine when I was 10 or so and saw this on a double bill with THE VAMPIRE and THE RETURN OF DRACULA… all projected in green (so they’d be considered color films).

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