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The Snow Creature (1954)

Approved | | Horror | November 1954 (USA)
American botanical expedition in the Himalayas stumbles across a Yeti den, capture one and transport it back to Los Angeles, where it escapes while customs officials are debating whether it is animal or human.



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Complete credited cast:
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Insp. Karma
Robert Hinton ...
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Darlene Fields ...
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Botanist Frank Parrish leads an expedition to the Himalayas to seek out new flora, accompanied by hardboiled news photographer Peter Wells. When their lead guide, Subra, learns his wife has been kidnapped by a Yeti, Parrish disbelieves him, so the sherpas commandeer the expedition at gunpoint and turn it into a search-and-rescue party. To Parrish's surprise, they discover a whole family of Yetis in a cave, and are able to subdue the male and carry it back to civilization, to ship to the USA for study. Subra is forgiven his acts because he was right after all. Wells, meanwhile, phones in the story and Parrish finds his discovery - shipped upright in a meat cooler to maintain its natural environment - detained in the US because Wells' story refers to it as a snowMAN, and a decision must be made whether this is a customs or immigration matter. During this bureaucratic snafu, the creature escapes its containers and disappears into Los Angeles, mysteriously appearing in different parts of ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net.>

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Release Date:

November 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'Abominable homme des neiges  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director-producer W. Lee Wilder (and his son, the film's screenwriter 'Miles Wilder') deliberately took the name of the police detective, Lt. Dunbar (played by William Phipps) from the name of the prisoner of war played by Don Taylor in the film Stalag 17 (1953), which was written, produced and directed by W. Lee's much more famous brother: Billy Wilder. See more »


When Dr.Parrish and Lt. Dunbar are talking with City Engineer Edwards the clock on the wall says 5:50 but when Edwards looks at his watch it reads 3:40. See more »

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I don't know how he did it YETI did.
27 January 2005 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Outrageously campy film about the "Yeti" or "Abominable Snowman" of the Himilayias with the creature looking like a giant Gabby Hayes or Jed Clampet of the "Beverly Hillbillies". The creature goes around in a tight fur-lined jumpsuit tip toeing through the tulips as if trying not to wake up anyone in the movie or in the audience who may have fallen asleep watching. The creature was found by Dr. Frank Parrish's, Paul Langton, expedition that began in the town of Sherka at the foot of the mighty Himilayian Mountains.

Dr. Perrish was going up the snow capped mountains to study plants and flowers, Dr. Parrish is a botanist, only to have his expedition taken over by a mutiny lead by his Sherka guide Subra, Teru Shimada, who's woman was kidnapped by a local Yeti in order to get her back. This leads to the expedition finding a cave high up on the mountain range where the Yeti and his family lives.

Finding himself surrounded the Yeti starts a violent cave-in by pulling rocks out of their place killing his mate and offspring and knocking himself out . The Yeti ends up being captured by Dr. Parrish and his Sherka mountain climbers; and who said that Yati's are supposed to be smart.

Brought back some 10,000 miles to L.A the local authorities are more interested in the Yeti's immigration status then it's value to science. As their bickering with Dr. Parrish it escapes from an ice-box that it was caged in and goes out killing people on the streets of L.A. You would think that such a major find on Dr. Parrish's part would draw the attention of the entire scientific and anthropological world but in the movie that didn't even raise a stir in those two communities. With almost nobody showing up at the L.A airport to see the "Find of the Century". The local as well as world media also seemed to be out to lunch or reporting on the latest gossip news, from TV and Movieland, to bother reporting about this historic find.

On the loose and in the sewers, it felt more like home for the Yeti there, it terrorizes the city with the police hot on it's tail. Cornered in the sewer system the cops shoot, I don't know if they killed it or not, the Yeti and with that the movie ends.

Campy and unintentionally funny film thats worth a look for bad movie fans who won't be disappointed and may even get a few good laughs out of it. The Yeti is so ridicules that every time you see it come on the screen you just can't help cracking up. the Yeti in the film "The Snow Creature"is about as scary as the Three Stooges and almost as funny.

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