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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | | 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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$1,300,000
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1.37 : 1
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Julie Adams performed all of her own stunts for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Thompson is guarding the creature, the lever on his lever action rifle is missing. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Bikini Beach (1964) See more »

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Old-fashioned man-in-a-monster-suit fun.
18 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

My Take: A classic for its day.

Jack Arnold's CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is, most likely, FRANKENSTEIN and Dracula's little cousin. A little-known relative of the more famous monster movie classics, CREATURE is nonetheless a nice trip down memory lane. Plot concerns a rouge swamp beast (Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman sweating it out in the decent monster suit) who falls for (what else?) a beauty on board a research ship, while the men find good fortune in capturing the beast and saving the gal (whose only real requirement is to scream her heart out). Those who remember stepping into the drive-way while the weird eerie music played on the opening black-and-white titles brings a sudden memory of being a wee bit scared if that rubber monster you now find cheesy so much nowadays. Still, despite stiff acting and cheesy effects gimmicks, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is a nice trip back to the good ol' days of monster pictures. Originally released in a 3-D.

Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.


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