The Monolith Monsters

1957

A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom.

Cast:
Lola Albright .... Cathy Barrett
Grant Williams .... Dave Miller
Les Tremayne .... Martin Cochrane
Trevor Bardette .... Prof. Arthur Flanders
Phil Harvey .... Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty .... Chief Dan Corey
Harry Jackson .... Dr. Steve Hendricks
Richard H. Cutting .... Dr. E.J. Reynolds
Linda Scheley .... Ginny Simpson
Dean Cromer .... Highway Patrolman
Steve Darrell .... Joe Higgins
Troy Donahue .... Hank Jackson, man at dam
Paul Frees .... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Petersen .... Bobby, paperboy (uncredited)
William Schallert .... Weatherman (uncredited)

Lola Albright

 After modeling and working for a radio station in Akron Ohio, Lola Albright moved to Hollywood during the mid-1940s. She inherited her singing talents from her parents, both evangelistic singers; started in films as an MGM singing extra, in Pirate, The (1948), Easter Parade (1948) and Unfinished Dance, The (1947). Considered as one of the most stylish, sultry, and beautiful actresses in Hollywood, she starred with Kirk Douglas in the 1949 hit movie Champion. From 1958 to 1961, she played nightclub singer Edie Hart in the popular TV series, Peter Gunn. She also made TV guest appearances on Alfred Hitchcock, Columbo, Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Airwolf. She also played Constance McKenzie in the TV series Peyton Place after Dorothy Malone became ill and could no longer play the role. Ms. Albright is crtically known for her starring performances in A Cold Wind in August Joy House, and How I Spent My Summer Vacation (made for television). Married second husband, pianist Bill Chadney, at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Her popularity as sultry, dusky-voiced nightclub singer Edie Hart on TV's "Peter Gunn" (1958) series inspired two record albums, "Lola Wants You" and Dreamsville". She won the Best Actress award at the 1966 Berlin Film Festival for her performance in "Lord Love a Duck" as Tuesday Weld's mother who turns suicidal when she thinks she has ruined her daughter's life. She continued appearing on episodics, particularly those of Universal TV, into the early 80s. She never really clicked in TV-movies, appearing in only three: the thrillers "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" (NBC, 1967) and "Terraces" (NBC, 1977) and the melodramatic "Delta County, U.S.A." (ABC, 1977).