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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
Leonard Mudie ...
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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the thing that came alive [Australian Theatrical] See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Approved
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Release Date:

18 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le monstre magnétique  »

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Budget:

$105,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

In the early scene in the hardware store, when the scientists toss washers up to the ceiling to determine a magnetic source, the the washers roll and spin before settling on the ceiling, just as some coins would do so if dropped on the floor. A magnetic force strong enough to magnetize much heavier objects in the store would have pulled the washers directly to the ceiling without the extraneous movement. 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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great movie just don't expect to 'see' any monster
22 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

this film will appeal to the sci-fi buff that enjoys the type of movies with scientific and electronic equipment and the hunt for a radioactive isotope on the loose. well produced, well acted and good script! AND a good ending.


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