Kelly, Craig

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Kelly, Craig

Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 0:49

Craig Kelly in Battaglie negli spazi stellari (1978)
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Craig Kelly was an American actor whose career is a little bit of a mystery. From the late 1940s, he was active in the US, appearing in some low-budget films, serials shown in theaters, and some television productions, but all trace of him stops around the mid 1950s.

He then re-appeared around two decades later in various Italian films made during the late 1970s and early-to-mid 1980s. His largest during this period were in two cheap science fiction films directed by Alfonso Brescia: Anno zero - guerra nello spazio (1977) and Battaglie negli spazi stellari (1978), in both of which he plays substantial supporting parts, though without being credited. He also plays notable but uncredited bit parts in several other productions around the same time.

At present, it is not known what he was up to from the latter half of the 1950s and until the late 1970s, or at which point he arrived in Italy, but there are presumably some more roles to be discovered from this period. Another possibility is that he came to Italy looking for acting roles in the late 1950s and then - like a lot of other Americans and Brits - ended up working mainly with English dubbing instead.

Unfortunately, his rather common name makes it difficult to find any info, and there are apparently quite a few actors named Craig Kelly out there. On IMDb, for example, Craig's credits have been lumped together with another Craig Kelly who was active in a couple of Dirty Harry movies and American TV series in the 1970s.

Filmography
1950
  1. The Furies .... Anaheim's son (uncredited)

    1952
  2. Zombies of the Stratosphere (12-part serial) .... Mr. Steele (credited)

    1953
  3. Commando Cody - Sky Marshal of the Universe (12-part serial) .... Mr. Henderson (credited)

    1954
  4. Kraft Television Theatre (TV series) - season 8, episode 12: "Account Rendered" .... Charles (credited?)

    1958
  5. Edge of Fury .... Chub (credited)

    1977
  6. Anno zero - guerra nello spazio .... Commander Armstrong (uncredited)
  7. Emanuelle - Perchè violenza alle donne .... Hotel receptionist (uncredited)
  8. Kleinhoff Hotel .... Hotel guest (uncredited)

    1978
  9. Battaglie negli spazi stellari .... The Commander (uncredited)
  10. Quel maledetto treno blindato .... Colonel Brenner (uncredited)

    1979
  11. Caro papà .... Man at airport (uncredited)
  12. Dottor Jekyll e gentile signora .... P.A.N.T.A.C. board member (uncredited)
  13. Return of the Saint (TV series) - episode 19: "The Murder Cartel" .... Party guest (uncredited)

    1980
  14. Siamo fatti così: aiuto! .... Professor (uncredited)
  15. Storie di ordinaria follia .... Office worker who grows vines (uncredited)

    1981
  16. La nouvelle malle des indes (TV mini-series) - episode 1 .... East India Company director (credited as Kelly Creia)

    1983
  17. I nuovi barbari .... Amos (uncredited)
  18. The Lonely Lady .... Spectator in the crowd (credited)

Filmography to check
Some additional titles in which Craig is listed by online sources that I have been unable to find copies of.
  • Kraft Television Theatre (TV Series) - season 1, episode 64: "Green Cars Go East" (1948)
  • Project X (1949) .... Martin
  • Racket Squad (TV Series) - season 2, episode 31: "The Case of the Cold Neck" (1952)
  • The Unexpected (TV series) - season 1, episode 8: "Mardi Gras" (1952) .... Bill Larsen
  • Playwrights '56 (TV series) - episode 1: "The Answer" (1955)
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Re: Kelly, Craig

Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 0:50

The Furies (1950) as Anaheim's son

Craig has only a short bit part here, speaking a few lines with Barbars Stanwyck.
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:02

Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) (12-part serial shown in theatres). Craig is credited in all 12 episodes, but only appears in episodes 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12, as Mr. Steele, the government official who gives the protagonists their orders.

Chapter 1: "The Zombie Vanguard"
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Chapter 2: "Battle of the Rockets"
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Chapter 4: "Contraband Cargo"
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Chapter 7: "Death on the Waterfront"
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Chapter 8: "Hostage for Murder"
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Chapter 10: "Flying Gas Chamber"
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Chapter 12: "Tomb of the Traitors"
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Credit
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This serial was edited down to a feature-length film, Satan's Satellites, released in 1958, which I've not been able to find.

In the 1990s, the serial was colorized for television broadcasts, and there are copies of this version floating around.
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:11

Commando Cody - Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953) (12-part serial shown in theatres). Craig is credited and appears in all 12 episodes, as Mr. Henderson, the protagonist's boss.

Chapter 1: "Enemies of the Universe"
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Chapter 2: "Atomic Peril"
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Chapter 3: "Cosmic Vengeance"
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Chapter 4: "Nightmare Typhoon"
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Chapter 5: "War of the Space Giants"
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Chapter 6: "Destroyers of the Sun"
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Chapter 7: "Robot Monster from Mars"
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Chapter 8: "The Hydrogen Hurricane"
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Chapter 9: "Solar Sky Raiders"
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Chapter 10: "S.O.S. Ice Age"
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Chapter 11: "Lost in Outer Space"
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Chapter 12: "Captives of the Zero Hour"
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Credit (from Chapter 1)
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:13

Edge of Fury (1958) credited, as Chub

Craig has a reasonably large supporting role in this low-budget crime-thriller that (according to the IMDb) was shot in 1953, but sat unreleased for five years.
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:17

Emanuelle - Perché violenza alle donne (1977) as Hotel receptionist

Craig's earliest known Italian roles so far start some 20+ years after his career in the US ended. Still recognizably him, though.
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:19

Kleinhoff Hotel (1977) as Hotel guest
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:23

Anno zero - guerra nello spazio (1977) as Commander Armstrong

This cheap Alfonso Brescia sci-fi film and its companion piece Battaglie negli spazi stellari, released the following year, appear to have been the most substantial parts Craig scored during the Italian phase of his career. But despite playing a major supporting role, he is not credited.
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:26

Battaglie negli spazi stellari (1978) as The Commander

Even though he's playing a different character here than he was in Anno zero - guerra nello spazio, it's really the same part for all intents and purposes, even down to wearing the exact same costume.
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/04/2021, 1:28

Quel maledetto treno blindato (1978) as Colonel Brenner

Craig gets a tiny but notable role here as a Nazi scientist who is killed by Bo Svenson.
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