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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:
Another Universal Studios Monster on the loose! See more (178 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Carlson ... David Reed

Julie Adams ... Kay (as Julia Adams)

Richard Denning ... Mark Williams

Antonio Moreno ... Carl Maia

Nestor Paiva ... Lucas

Whit Bissell ... Dr. 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)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Curtis Havens .... director: underwater sequences (as James C. Havens)
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick .... creature designer (uncredited)
James R. Wolfe .... chief diver (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:MA15+ (Blu-ray) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (2004) | Finland:K-12 (1954) | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Spain:T | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16854) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
When the Creature attacks Zee, the script called for him to pick him up and throw him into the camera for the 3-D effect. Unfortunately, the wires used to lift Zee up to make it appear as though he was actually being picked up by the Creature kept breaking. After two tries, Jack Arnold decided to just have Zee get strangled to death.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Although the whole story is set in Brazil, in one of the first scenes we see a large sign in the coast reading in Spanish "Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas", while in Brazil the official language is Portuguese.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 aren't the people affected by the Rotenone in the water?
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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Another Universal Studios Monster on the loose!, 30 December 2005
Author: vtcavuoto from United States

"Creature from the Black Lagoon" is a movie I saw on a Saturday afternoon TV show called "Monster Movies". I loved it from the start. I now own the DVD collection and I find all the movies entertaining. The first of the series was, of course, "Creature from the Black Lagoon". Richard Carlson, Whit Bissell, Richard Denning, Nestor Paiva and Julia Adams are awesome in their roles. A fossil is discovered of a prehistoric "gill-man" by a Dr. Maia. He enlists his scientist friend(Carlson) and the research team he works for that is headed by Denning. They travel up a river that ends into an area known as "The Black Lagoon". Looking for more fossils, they discover the "Gill-Man" is alive! The Creature is captured and then escapes but is shot and severely wounded at the end. He sinks toward the bottom of the lagoon but don't worry; he made it back for two more sequels. The team of Jack Arnold(director), William Alland(producer) and Joseph Gershenson(music director, with help from young composer Henry Mancini) help make this film unique. The photography and locales are beautiful. The acting is superb and there is enough action and suspense to keep you at the edge of you seat. This is required viewing for 1950s sci-fi/horror movie fans.

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