Englishmen race to find the tomb of Ghengis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and ... See full summary »
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
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The physical appearance of the Creature was modeled after a likeness of the Oscar, the figurine awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. See more »
Although the whole story is set in Brazil, in one of the first scenes we see a large sign in the coast reading in Spanish "Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas", while in Brazil the official language is Portuguese. See more »
There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish.
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Julie Adams how do you keeping so nice in the jungle?
First the less than serious part: That grungy boat sure had a very good powder room, curling iron, and closes iron. Julie Adams managed to always have perfect hair, wrinkle-free clothes, and full makeup in the Amazon jungle. Julie Adams is a sight to see, but they should have been somewhat realistic on her look. No wonder Gill-Man feel in love with her. Also, you would get drunk if you took a drink every time she changed clothes. At the end when all hell was breaking lose, she managed to change clothes twice.
Now, it is time for the serious part of my review. The true story in this movie is an environmental one. There are two scientists. One of them is trying to preserve Gill-Man while researching him. The other wants to take Gill-Man to the lab at any cost - even the death of the new species. The movie is interesting because of the conflicts between the two men. That is what keeps the story going and keeps the story great. The other part of the storyline is pretty the typical beauty and the beast story. That part is done well too, but I liked the environmental theme aspect better.
As for other aspects of this movie, the underwater cinematography is excellent in this movie. It is still a feast to the eyes over 50 years later. I wish I could get a copy of the 3-D version. Julie Adams is stunningly attractive as the lead lady. Richard Carlson and Richard Denning do an adequate job as the leading men. Like all the other Universal monster movies, this is a must see.
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