Clint Eastwood in Tarantula (film still from Tarantula)

Tarantula (1955)

In the mid 1950s, the young Clint Eastwood arrived in Hollywood, where he signed a contract with Universal (then known as Universal-International). What followed was a series of bit parts: he played a scientist in Revenge of the Creature (the sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon), and again in Never Say Goodbye; and had the promising-sounding role of “First Saxon” in Lady Godiva of Coventry.

Also in 1955, he took to the skies in a brief appearance as a fighter pilot leading a squadron into battle with a giant spider in Tarantula, a take on the giant-creature-on-the-rampage genre that maybe suffers in comparison to the previous year’s Them!, but does have its fans, and some nice FX.

still from Tarantula (the movie)

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