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The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Approved  |   |  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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This one man stands between the earth and DOOM! 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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Trivia

Although credited to Curt Siodmak, most of the film was actually directed by Herbert L. Strock, who was hired by Ivan Tors for his skills as an editor, which were viewed as essential for a film which relied so much on stock footage. See more »

Goofs

When the flight (#17) that is carrying Dr. Denker and the new element is called back to the airport, the radio call is crystal clear - despite the fact that element, being magnetic, causes a tremendous amount of interference with radio, TV, and radar, as explained in earlier narration. See more »

Quotes

Howard Denker: It's hungry! It has to be fed constantly - or it will reach out its magnetic arm and grab at anything within its reach and kill it. It's monstrous, Stewart, monstrous. It grows bigger and bigger!
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Referenced in The Naked Monster (2005) See more »

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One of the best sci-fi B-movies of the Fifties!
16 November 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

One of the best sci-fi B-movies of the Fifties! Stalwart hero-scientist Carlson is really terrific and convincing too; stock footage of dynamo is realistically intercut with new footage of a movie set built to look exactly like the one in the German film GOLD (1934), in which stock footage from the 1934 film is intercut with new footage. The film succeeds on all levels, made for an adult audience, and although a 'modern' American film, it had a film crew with a heritage in German impressionist cinema of the 1930s. Highly recommended! Great Science Fiction! Probably the only Fifties SF film besides ON THE BEACH (1959) to show the nuclear radiation problem realistically; especially chilling is the scene on board an airliner where the nuclear scientist who had a hand in creating the monster (Leonard Mudie) is dying of nuclear radiation and his gums are bleeding while he holds onto a briefcase in his lap containing the radioactive isotope. Rushed to a hospital after the plane lands, he dies in isolation. And a formidable, unknown, unseen monster! Badly dated now, but an effective, well-written thriller featuring the TV star of I LED THREE LIVES and the movie star of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Richard Carlson gives another fine performance.


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