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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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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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Forrest J. Ackerman, a horror and science fiction writer for Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, bought the mask and claws of the Creature's costume from a young man who had once used them as a Halloween costume. The costume pieces were discarded by Universal after production had finished on the three films (Creature from the Black Lagoon and its two sequels) and were later recovered from the studio's dumpster by a janitor, who thought the ensemble would make a good Halloween costume for his son. Other costume pieces were recently sold at auction by Bud Westmore, who was an assistant to Millicent Patrick, the original designer of the costume. See more »

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When the Creature is deep at the bottom of the lagoon looking up at Kay as she swims, the dark silhouette of a very long and large cable suspended above the water can be seen above her. See more »

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Julie Adams how do you keeping so nice in the jungle?
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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