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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Approved | | Horror | 5 March 1954 (USA)
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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Originally produced in 3-D. See more »

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In the cave, during one of the final scenes, a bat could be seeing flying inside, with the black wires holding it. See more »

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Carl Maia: Well, now we have a lab, such as it is.
David Reed: Let's hope we have some use for it.
Mark Williams: I'll be disappointed if we don't. Assuming, of course, Dr. Maia's facts are well-founded.
David Reed: Dr. Maia's a scientist, not a fortune-teller! How can he guarantee anything?
Kay Lawrence: Well, it seems to me a scientist has need for both vision and confidence.
Mark Williams: I didn't mean it as any personal criticism, Doctor, it's just that I also look forward to success.
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Another Universal Studios Monster on the loose!
30 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Creature from the Black Lagoon" is a movie I saw on a Saturday afternoon TV show called "Monster Movies". I loved it from the start. I now own the DVD collection and I find all the movies entertaining. The first of the series was, of course, "Creature from the Black Lagoon". Richard Carlson, Whit Bissell, Richard Denning, Nestor Paiva and Julia Adams are awesome in their roles. A fossil is discovered of a prehistoric "gill-man" by a Dr. Maia. He enlists his scientist friend(Carlson) and the research team he works for that is headed by Denning. They travel up a river that ends into an area known as "The Black Lagoon". Looking for more fossils, they discover the "Gill-Man" is alive! The Creature is captured and then escapes but is shot and severely wounded at the end. He sinks toward the bottom of the lagoon but don't worry; he made it back for two more sequels. The team of Jack Arnold(director), William Alland(producer) and Joseph Gershenson(music director, with help from young composer Henry Mancini) help make this film unique. The photography and locales are beautiful. The acting is superb and there is enough action and suspense to keep you at the edge of you seat. This is required viewing for 1950s sci-fi/horror movie fans.


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