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The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 18 February 1953 (USA)
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
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Dr. Dan Forbes
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Connie Stewart
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Dr. Allard
Leo Britt ...
Dr. Benton
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Howard Denker
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Mr. Simon
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Dr. Serny
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Chief Watson (as John Zarimba)
Lee Phelps ...
City Engineer
Watson Downs ...
Mayor
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Gen. Behan (as Roy Engle)
Frank Gerstle ...
Col. Willis
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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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Terror swoops through the heart of a city in the dead of night! See more »

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18 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le monstre magnétique  »

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$105,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bomber that transported the scientists was a North American B-45 Tornado. See more »

Goofs

The Canadian scientists describe how cold it is in the bottom of the mine shaft. Mines get warmer the deeper they go. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[Jeffrey and Connie Stewart arrive at their new house and are walking toward the front door]
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart: Hey, you're not so skinny.
Connie Stewart: I'm working on it. I'm getting bigger and better.
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart: Secret of multiplication.
Connie Stewart: What are you talking about?
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart: I'm not sure. Excepting they both seem to have something to do with multiplication. Done through love, the result is a baby, a... a lovely thing. But without love, done through hate or... or fear, the result is a monster, an element that grows.
Connie Stewart: Jeff...
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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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