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The Magnetic Monster (1953)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  18 February 1953 (USA)
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Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
King Donovan ...
Dr. Dan Forbes
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Connie Stewart
Harry Ellerbe ...
Dr. Allard
Leo Britt ...
Dr. Benton
Leonard Mudie ...
Howard Denker
Byron Foulger ...
Mr. Simon
Michael Fox ...
Dr. Serny
John Zaremba ...
Chief Watson (as John Zarimba)
Lee Phelps ...
City Engineer
Watson Downs ...
Mayor
Roy Engel ...
Gen. Behan (as Roy Engle)
Frank Gerstle ...
Col. Willis
John Vosper ...
Capt. Dyer
John Dodsworth ...
Dr. Carthwright
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Storyline

Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field has magnetized every metal item in the store. Investigating further, they eventually trace the source of the magnetism to an airborn flight carrying scientist Howard Denker, now dying of radiation poisoning, who has carted on board with him a new radioactive element which he has bombarded with alpha particles for 200 hours. The element, dubbed 'serranium' grows geometrically by creating matter out of energy which it absorbs from metallic objects surrounding it. Stewart calculates that if the substance is not destroyed soon that within 24 hours or so it will have grown large enough to throw Earth out of its orbit. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Monstrous Frankenstein Terrorizes Earth! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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18 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le monstre magnétique  »

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Budget:

$105,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Jet fighter shown as transporting the "magnetic monster" was a Lockheed "Shooting Star" T-33 two seat pilot training aircraft. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When a girl is loading cards into the M.A.N.I.A.C. the narration indicates that it is 11:55 however the clock on the wall indicates 10:55. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Behan: The Canadian government operates a top-secret plant in Nova Scotia. They own the most powerful Deltatron in existence. When they realize the common danger, they'll let us use it.
Mayor: Nova Scotia is 4000 miles away. The period between cycles is 11 hours. How are we gonna transport it there in that time?
Gen. Behan: Our jets travel at 600 miles an hour. And what's more, the new alloys used in our jets are non-magnetic. They will not be affected by the cargo. You, Dr. Stewart, and Forbes can follow in another ...
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A great and underappreciated sci-fi '50s classic
20 March 2002 | by (Stony Point, NY) – See all my reviews

Odd premise about the discovery of an isotope which is magnetic in nature and ever expanding in consequence. It eats all energies in its ever expanding appetite. It is finally subdued by an ingenius solution. This remains on my short list of sci-fi films I'd like to see again but can't find.


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