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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
3 D or Not 3 D--That Is The Question See more (167 total) »

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)
 
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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Dr. Thompson is guarding the creature, the lever on his lever action rifle is missing.See more »
Quotes:
Kay Lawrence:Hurry, David.
David Reed:I've almost got it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Smallville: Savior (#9.1)" (2009)See more »

FAQ

Why do the divers have to decompress when coming to the surface?
Is Rotenone a real poison?
Why aren't the people affected by the Rotenone in the water?
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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
3 D or Not 3 D--That Is The Question, 6 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

One of few truly great "creature" films, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is a surprisingly effective horror film concerning a scientific expedition up the Amazon to investigate an unusual fossil find--but instead of fossils the crew members encounter an underwater creature of considerable intelligence that is bent on their destruction.

The script is a bit dated by modern standards, but the cast (particularly Julie Adams) is effective, and the creature is easily one of Universal Studio's most memorable creations. And seen today in standard black and white, the film is quite enjoyable. But it doesn't hold a candle to the original 3-D format, which I was fortunate to see not once but twice during the 1970s and 1980s. Simply stated, BLACK LAGOON's cinematography was probably the best of all 3-D movies to date. As with most 3-D films, there is plenty of "coming at you" cinematography, and many viewers will be able to pick out such moments when seeing the film in standard black and white--but in addition to these, the film used 3-D in a remarkably subtle way; virtually every scene in the film is designed for 3-D, and the effect is exceptionally memorable in the underwater sequences.

I remain disappointed that the 3-D version of BLACK LAGOON--not to mention such other 3-D films as HOUSE OF WAX, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, and DIAL "M" FOR MURDER--has never been released in 3-D format on video or disk; instead, we must make do with such bottom-budget 3-D flicks as THE MASK, CAT WOMEN ON THE MOON, and the like. Admittedly, the impact of the format is lessened by the small screen and demands some careful color adjusting, and the effect requires the use of 3-D glasses--but it is a shame that we must settle for ghosts of the originals when we could easily have the originals instead. In 3-D format, BLACK LAGOON would easily be a ten-star film.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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