Ladies Mentioned in “Science Fiction Double Feature”

You've heard all their names in the opening song from The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show and here they are in order of mention

Fay Wray

All true fans of the stage production The Rocky Horror Show and the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show know the lyrics to the opening song, “Science Fiction Double Feature,” by heart. The stage play opens with the Usherette singing it while the film has its creator Richard O’Brian doing the honors. There are several names mentioned throughout the song. The most recognizable female name mentioned is Faye Wray (pictured above) who starred opposite a giant gorilla in the 1933 classic, King Kong. Faye’s name is uttered in the song’s first verse in the line; “Then something went wrong, for Fay Wray and King Kong, they got caught in a celluloid jam.”

Susan Sarandon

The line in the first chorus; “See androids fighting Brad and Janet,” of course refers to Brad Majors and Janet Weiss (Janet played in the film by Susan Sarandon, pictured above), the hero and heroine in the very play/film you’re about to watch. Susan went on to join the ranks of Hollywood’s A-list actresses, where she remains today.

Anne Francis and Robbie

Right after Brad and Janet are mentioned, the line “Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet” is sung and that she did, along with a pre-gray-haired Leslie Nielsen and Robby the Robot (pictured with Anne, above) in that 1956 sci-fi drive-in classic. Anne passed away at the age of 80 on January 2, 2011.

Janette Scott

In the second verse, the singer goes on to reveal; “I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills,” referring to Jeanette’s performance in the 1963 cult classic The Day of the Triffids (later re-titled Invasion of the Triffids). As of this writing, Ms. Scott (pictured above in a promo photo from Day of the Triffids) is still alive and well at 81.

George and Zsoka Pal

Film producer George Pal was probably talking to his wife, Elisabeth Josepha “Zsoka” Grandjean about one of his animated films in the above photo, but the line near the end of the second verse; “When Worlds Worlds Collide said George Pal to his bride, I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills” refers to George telling Zsoka about his 1951 sci-fi thriller. However, they had been married for 21 years by then, so it’s doubtful if he still referred to her as “his bride” at that time.


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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.


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