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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:
A piece of sci-fi history. See more (93 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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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:
Deleted Scene: The 2003 DVD release reveals one shot of the Rhedasaurus that was omitted from the final film. That shot can be found in the trailer for The Black Scorpion (1957) (in special features) about 1/2 through the preview. (Spoiler: The Beast is walking, breast high, toward screen right. The background shows 2 buildings; one of them with fire escapes. Superimposed title card states, "You've thrilled to the terror of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Shortly after the beast comes ashore in New York, he is shown emerging onto a street from a side street, and pausing. Behind him are a number of cars and pedestrians who continue to drive or walk casually, which they would certainly not be doing if a huge prehistoric monster had just appeared less than a block away.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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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A piece of sci-fi history., 15 May 2001
Author: G.Spider from UK

The first true Harryhausen films, and it's a real landmark film, the first of the atomic age monster movies (and one which led to the creation of a certain Japanese monster).

Atomic tests in the arctic release a prehistoric beast which has been trapped in the ice for millions of years. In no time the mysterious creature is wrecking havoc, but sceptical scientists refuse to believe in the existence of such a thing.

In common with a lot of Harryhausen's creations, the Beast itself has a real character, is a believable animal rather than just a monster. The film is cleverly-written and the characters are well-thought-out. A first-rate tale.

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