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Director:
Writers:
George Worthing Yates (screenplay) &
Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
July 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
IT CRUSHES! KILLS! DESTROYS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A Giant Octopus, whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Kenneth Tobey ... Cmdr. Pete Mathews

Faith Domergue ... Prof. Lesley Joyce
Donald Curtis ... Dr. John Carter
Ian Keith ... Adm. Burns
Dean Maddox Jr. ... Adm. Norman
Chuck Griffiths ... Lt. Griff, USN
Harry Lauter ... Deputy Bill Nash
Richard W. Peterson ... Capt. Stacy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tol Avery ... Navy Intern (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Del Courtney ... Naval Asst. Sec. Robert David Chase (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Control Room Officer Ordering Drop Nets (uncredited)
Eddie Fisher ... McLeod (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Radio Newscaster (uncredited)
Jules Irving ... King (uncredited)
Jack Littlefield ... Aston (uncredited)
Rudy Puteska ... Seaman Hall (uncredited)
Ray Storey ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Gordon 
 
Writing credits
George Worthing Yates (screenplay) &
Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) (as Hal Smith)

George Worthing Yates (story)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... executive producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
 
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard Katzman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Erickson .... special effects
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects creator
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ross DiMaggio .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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79 min
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The submarine scenes were shot in an actual submarine in Long Beach, California.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Near the end of the film, when fear of the giant octopus is at its most frenzied, there is a highway scene purportedly showing people fleeing San Francisco in their cars. However, this shot actually shows traffic coming INTO the city. The shot is of I-80 west and the cars are just entering San Francisco from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. It is evident that the traffic is flowing into San Francisco and not away from it because one of the bridge's two towers can clearly be seen in the background perpendicular to the road. The "Bay Bridge" (as it appeared in 1955 and still appears today - a new bridge is currently under construction) consists of two spans connecting San Francisco and Oakland via a small island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. The western span connecting the island to San Francisco is a "double-deck" suspension bridge with traffic flowing into San Francisco on the top deck and traffic flowing out of the city on the bottom deck. If this were a shot of cars traveling out of the city (with the camera placed at a similar angle showing the on-coming traffic), it would be impossible to see either of the towers because they would be obstructed by the top deck.See more »
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Narrator:From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine...
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best giant octopus on the rampage films I've seen., 27 August 2002
Author: Wilbur-10 from Isle of Man



Having already starred in 'The Thing from Another World' (1951) and 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms' (1953), Kenneth Tobey completed a memorable treble of classic Sci-Fi films with this offering.

Make no mistake, 'It Came from Beneath the Sea' is one of the classics of the genre and as such is above the mundane criticism about poor script, narrative, performances etc. We all know that these monster-flicks from the 50's and 60's had their shortcomings, but they were made to a formula for a target audience and in this respect there is little to fault and much to commend.

Here we have a giant octopus, disturbed from it's Pacific lair by atomic testing, heading for San Francisco in a foul mood. The Harryhausen effects are great, the narrative follows a course of some scientific logic and Faith Domergue, if a little too old, looks good enough in her tight blouse.

Director Robert Gordon did little else of note which is surprising - he did a good enough job here and whilst not up to the standard of '20 Million Miles to Earth' (1957), 'It Came from Beneath the Sea' is still superior for its type.

BEST SCENE - no contest; the octopus trashing the Golden Gate Bridge.

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