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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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Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
50's monster action at its best. See more (94 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:

Fred Aldrich ... Radio Operator (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Screaming Woman (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)

Don Gordon ... Soldier (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Longshoreman (uncredited)

Merv Griffin ... Trailer Commentator (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Cop with Rifle (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Woman at Window (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Soldier (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Miss Ryan - Secretary (uncredited)

Vera Miles ... Trailer Commentator (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Lawrence Montaigne ... Soldier (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Captain George LeMay (uncredited)

Gil Perkins ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... Trailer Commentator (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
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects created by
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #16143, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
When the streets are being cleared once the beast comes ashore in NYC, films appearing on various theater marquees are "Detective Story", "Come Fill The Cup" and "Across The Wide Missouri".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the shot of people fleeing down the subway steps to escape the beast, the monster is shown approaching from behind, but the building next to the steps collapses and rains debris down on the pedestrians before the monster has gotten close enough to destroy the building.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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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
50's monster action at its best., 31 January 2002
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort at stop-motion resulted in one of the best monster movies of the 1950's.

This was the first of the many rampage films of the 1950's and was a great success at the box office. Ray's stop-motion Redosaurus is magnificent, considering the low budget.

One of the best scenes in this movie is where the Rhedosaurus eats the policeman. The acting is rather good and the cast includes Kenneth Tobey (The Thing From Another World) and an early appearance from Lee Van Cleef before he stared with the 'carrot' in It Conquered the World.

I enjoyed this movie and rate it 5 stars out of 5. Great stuff.

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