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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Approved | | 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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Complete credited cast:
Kay (as Julia Adams)
Henry A. Escalante ...
Chico (as Henry Escalante)


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)  »

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Black Lagoon  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When William Alland was a member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre, he heard famed Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa tell of a legend about a humanoid creature that supposedly lived in South America. That legend became the origin of this film. See more »


The Gill-Man destroys the Rita's boats to prevent any escape. Yet, when he kidnaps Kay, David tells Lucas and Prof. Maia to get to the beach entrance of the cave. There are no boats available to go ashore, yet both men arrive to save David and Kay in dry clothes. Indeed, when the Gill-Man staggers out of the beach entrance to the water, there is no boat in sight. See more »


Lucas: There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish.
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Nature supplies many mysteries.
27 October 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

After finding a claw-like hand, scientists make a return trip to a lagoon off of the Amazon to search for relics. The major discovery is a 'gill' man with an eye for the female form. Julie Adams is most certainly an eye opener. Very interesting underwater and location shots. Run of the mill acting from Richard Carlson, Richard Denning and Whit Bissell. This was scarier seen through the eyes of a very young boy on the third row; but still holds your attention. Is this a classic or what?

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