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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:
Still brings a tear to my eye 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:
Before the film was sold to Warner Brothers, it contained an original music score composed by Michel Michelet. Execs at Warners felt Michelet's score wasn't powerful enough so they replaced it with an original score by David Buttolph.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 15 mins) In the scene in which the scared pedestrians are fleeing down the subway steps with the Beast close behind them, one man, in a dark overcoat and lighter hat with dark band, telegraphs the collapse of the subway wall and raining debris by raising his arm head high to protect himself *before* the wall collapses.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Godzilla (1998/I)See more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Still brings a tear to my eye, 2 October 2005
Author: shugaron316 from United States

When I was a kid,I would cry every time I saw the ending of this movie.I couldn't help feeling sorry for the monster,dying alone in a world he never knew. Ray Harryhausen was at his best when he designed the Rhedosaurus. This was a monster with a personality,and dare I say it,charm? Every little movement of the beast almost made you think you were watching an actual living creature,and not some stop motion puppet,like the awful Giant Behemoth. My favorites: the beast sniffing at the lighthouse before he knocks it down;the way he playfully bats at the wrecked car he stepped on,when he turns his back and lashes his tail at the shotgun toting cops,even the way it squints its eyes in the sun.The death scene was well done,and the music,as the flaming roller coaster collapses behind the beast's dead body,still sends a chill up my spine. The worst part of the movie was the casting,especially the male and female leads. Paul Christian's accent is almost impossible to understand at times,and his acting is wooden.Paula Raymond may seem pretty by '50's standards,but I think she has a pronounced overbite and adenoids,the way her mouth is always hanging open! Her acting was also pretty limp.Cecil Kelloway was a delight,as usual,and Ken Tobey was unusually restrained,not trying to hit on Raymond,as he seemed to do in most of his movies. The funniest line in the movie was Kelloway asking Tobey:"What makes you think there are no flying saucers?"(A dig at Tobey's role in The Thing.)Still in all,this is timeless sci-fi classic that holds up well,even today.

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