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Director:
Writers:
Lou Morheim (screenplay) and
Fred Freiberger (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 June 1953 (USA) See more »
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It's alive ! See more »
Plot:
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Superior F/X Sets This One Apart... See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paul Hubschmid ... Prof. Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
Paula Raymond ... Lee Hunter

Cecil Kellaway ... Prof. Thurgood Elson

Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods ... Capt. Phil Jackson

Lee Van Cleef ... Corp. Stone
Steve Brodie ... Sgt. Loomis
Ross Elliott ... George Ritchie
Jack Pennick ... Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke ... Sgt. Willistead
Paula Hill ... Miss Ryan (as Mary Hill)
Michael Fox ... ER Doctor
Alvin Greenman ... First Radar Man
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Morton
King Donovan ... Dr. Ingersoll
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Merv Griffin ... Announcer & Bespectacled Man (in theatrical trailer) (voice)
Fred Aldrich ... Radio Operator (uncredited)

James Best ... Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Lighthouse Keeper (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... Nun / Nurse (uncredited)

Robert Easton ... Deckhand (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Maj. Evans (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Ballet-Goer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ballet-Goer (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Longshoreman (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Cop with Rifle (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Miss Ryan - Secretary (uncredited)

Vera Miles ... Woman in Trailer (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Captain George LeMay (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... Man in Trailer (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Doctor (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Opening Narrator / Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugène Lourié 
 
Writing credits
Lou Morheim (screenplay) and
Fred Freiberger (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury (story "The Fog Horn")

Daniel James  uncredited
Eugène Lourié  uncredited
Robert Smith  uncredited

Produced by
Bernard W. Burton .... co-producer
Hal E. Chester .... co-producer
Jack Dietz .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell  (as Jack Russell)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard W. Burton 
 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Phillipi .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hal Waller .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
George Groves .... sound
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Willis Cook .... special effects
Ray Harryhausen .... animation effects
George Lofgren .... special effects
Eugène Lourié .... special effects
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Michael Fox .... dialogue director
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16143, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
This was said to have been one of the inspirations for Tomoyuki Tanaka to go ahead and film Godzilla (1954).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Shortly after Nesbitt has awakened in the hospital he notices something in the newspaper. This something is below the fold, but when he shows it to the nurse, it is above the fold.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Opening Narrator:This is Operation Experiment, a secret base far north of the Arctic Circle. Experiment was the codename for a top priority scientific expedition. These men arrived here on X-day minus 60. It has taken them the full two months to get ready. Today is X-day.
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Superior F/X Sets This One Apart..., 9 September 2001
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" is one of many "nuclear explosion thaws out the pre-historic monster" movies popular in the 1950's. What sets this film apart from other similarly themed films, are the superior special effects created by the legendary Ray Harryhausen.

His dinosaur is as good as you will see in any sci-fi movie. It moves without that jerky motion common in so many stop-motion monsters (i.e. King Kong). The "monster destroys the city" sequence is outstanding. There is also an excellent fight between an octopus and a shark that is very exciting. The best sequence takes place at the end of the film when the monster is cornered in an amusement park.

As in all such movies, the human actors are incidental to the plot. The German/Swiss actor Paul Christian (aka Hubschmid) plays the requisite scientist, Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway are the "dinosaur experts" and Kenneth Tobey and Donald Woods play the sceptical military types. There are also a number of recognizable "B" movie faces from the period such as Lee Van Cleef, Steve Brodie, Jack Pennick and James Best.

One of the best atomic monster movies from the 50s.

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