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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  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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When the movie is projected in the correct aspect ratio the telephone pole showing above the trees isn't visible. Unfortunately, on TV, a different aspect ratio is normally used, revealing the pole. See more »

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The scientists in this movie, presumably geologists and palaeontologists, constantly misuse terms for the geologic time scale. They refer to the Devonian as an "age" and as an "era"; both terms are wrong. The Devonian is a period, which is longer than an age and shorter than an era. Geologic time is divided in units termed, from longest to shortest, Eon > Era > Period > Epoch > Age. The current year is part of the Holocene age of the Quaternary epoch of the Cenozoic era of the Phanerozoic eon. See more »

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Lucas: What kind of fishing is that? Who eats rocks?
Carl Maia: I eat rocks, in a manner of speaking. I crush and look inside them and they tell me things.
Lucas: What do they tell you?
Carl Maia: How old they are.
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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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