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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms -- A frozen dinosaur is freed from its 100 million year Arctic imprisonment by nuclear testing and takes off on a path of destruction.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms -- Trailer for this monster movie


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Lou Morheim (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
13 June 1953 (USA) See more »
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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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50's monster action at its best. See more (84 total) »


  (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)
Steve Mitchell ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Captain George LeMay (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (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
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
Other crew
Michael Fox .... dialogue director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #16143, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

This film (which was inspired by the successful 1952 re-release of King Kong (1933)) was the first film to feature a giant creature awakened or mutated by a Nuclear Bomb.See more »
Factual errors: One fathom equals six feet. The beast must have come from about 23 miles down. The sea is only seven miles deep at its deepest!See more »
[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:
Featured in Monsters from the Id (2009)See more »


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16 out of 16 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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