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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | | Horror | 5 March 1954 (USA)
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.



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A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discovers a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one in the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

5 March 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Lagoon  »


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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first design for the creature costume was modeled after the Oscar statuette given by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The design was quickly scrapped, however, and the final foam rubber and latex creature costume bears little resemblance to the award. See more »


When David is revealing the Gill-Man photo, Dr. Thompson holds the pipe near his waist. The next shot shows him closer, holding the pipe near his mouth. See more »


Mark Williams: Come on, come on!
David Reed: You talking to me, Mark, or something out there?
Mark Williams: Both, David. They won't believe it back home, none of them. I wouldn't have believed it myself, sitting out here waiting for some monster to appear. That's why we've got to take him.
David Reed: Why won't they believe, Mark?
Mark Williams: Because we deal with known quantities, with knowledge we've accumulated up to now.
David Reed: We've just begun to learn about the water and its secrets, just as we've only touched on outer space. We don't entirely rule out the ...
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Intelligent Script, ...
23 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really appreciate an intelligent script and this movie was no disappointment. Sure, it wasn't perfect and it wasn't scary at all (I write this some 50 years from when it was originally released), but it was pretty decent quality.

The story revolves around a scientific expedition looking for the rest of a hand-skeleton that was found next to a South American waterway. Their hunt leads them to the paradise-like 'Black Lagoon' area - and trouble with an unexpected creature encounter.

No doubt the movie was impressive when it came out, but for the viewer many decades later, it's a little dated. From the "God created the heaven and the earth ..." opener to the verbal comments which equate adult women to children, it shows it's age. Also, when the lead actress swims in the water, it's a little funny to see her swimming / depiction in 'water ballet' form - kind of representative of an idyllic 50's female icon.

What really elevates this movie is the dialog and acting. Both are well done and believable. They give the movie a very serious tone and an air of intensity. I'm sure when it originally came out, this helped create a strong atmosphere ripe for fear and horror.

For the modern viewer, this film is pleasant viewing - a decent way to spend 79 minutes in classic 50's monster-movie mode.

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