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Creature from the Black Lagoon -- In one of the most beloved sci-fi horror classics ever, a mysterious amphibious monster escapes captivity in order to be with a scientist's beautiful female lab assistant.
Creature from the Black Lagoon -- A scientific expedition traveling up the Amazon River encounter a dangerous humanoid amphibious fish creature.

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Director:
Writers:
Harry Essex (screenplay) and
Arthur A. Ross (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
5 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Not since the beginning of time has the world beheld terror like this! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Carlson ... David Reed

Julie Adams ... Kay Lawrence (as Julia Adams)
Richard Denning ... Mark Williams

Antonio Moreno ... Carl Maia
Nestor Paiva ... Lucas

Whit Bissell ... Dr. Edwin Thompson

Bernie Gozier ... Zee
Henry A. Escalante ... Chico (as Henry Escalante)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricou Browning ... The Gill Man (in water) (uncredited)
Ben Chapman ... The Gill Man (on land) (uncredited)

Perry Lopez ... Tomas (uncredited)
Sydney Mason ... Dr. Matos (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Louis - Expedition Foreman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Harry Essex (screenplay) and
Arthur A. Ross (screenplay) (as Arthur Ross)

Maurice Zimm (story)

William Alland  idea (uncredited)

Produced by
William Alland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
 
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ray Jeffers 
 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Robert Hickman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Kevan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Chris Mueller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Foster Thompson .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
Russ Haverick .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Joe Lapis .... sound
Ray Craddock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Albert E. Kennedy .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Julie Adams (uncredited)
Ginger Stanley .... underwater stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... fire stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Welbourne .... special photography (as Charles S. Welbourne)
Everett Brown .... first grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Odell .... wardrobe: Miss Adams
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Robert Emmett Dolan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Curtis Havens .... director: underwater sequences (as James C. Havens)
Milicent Patrick .... creature designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (2004) | Finland:K-12 (1954) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Spain:T | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16854) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Ricou Browning, a professional diver and swimmer, was required to hold his breath for up to 4 minutes at a time for his underwater role as the "Gill Man." The director's logic was that the air would have to travel through the monster's gills and thus not reveal air bubbles from his mouth or nose. Thus, the costume was designed without an air tank. In the subsequent films, this detail was ignored and air can be seen emanating from the top of the creature's head.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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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FAQ

Why do the divers have to decompress when coming to the surface?
Why aren't the people affected by the Rotenone in the water?
Who is the guy whose face is wrapped up in bandages near the end of the movie?
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Lonely In The Serene Lagoon, 17 February 2008
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Unlike other sci-fi flicks from the 1950s, "Creature From The Black Lagoon" is not a film to laugh at. It's better made. Just by the title we know there's a monster lurking about. Yet, for the film's first 24 minutes we don't actually see it, only one of its claws. And that holding back of the monster's appearance fosters suspense and mystery. In addition, the film's B&W cinematography is good, for its time, with lots of credible underwater shots. And while the dialogue does contain lots of exposition, the film at least tries to educate viewers.

There's nothing complex about the story. A scientific crew heads for the Amazon to do an archaeological dig, after a large fossil is found. The crew ends up at the Black Lagoon, a place of serenity, with its still waters, surrounded by palm trees and the sounds of monkeys and exotic birds. Through much of the film the peaceful setting together with soothing background music actually makes for a rather relaxing movie. Even when we see the monster, it seems lonely and hardly threatening as it glides gracefully through its watery home.

I suspect that the film's popularity when it was first released relates to the creature's distinctive appearance, with those moving gills and those bulging dark eyes. And of course, back in those days, the film was made for 3-D viewing, a novelty then that made the monster seem more real. Today, the film has an ever-so-slight environmental theme, given that at least one of the scientists prefers that the monster not be harmed, and given that humans obviously are encroaching into its habitat.

Because so much of the plot takes place underwater and therefore lacks dialogue, and given a runtime of only about 78 minutes, there really isn't that much to this movie. But what there is of it is interesting for its historical significance as a precursor to later sci-fi films, and for a monster that's not only photogenic but also alone and arguably lonely in a world that has passed it by, after eons of time.

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