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Director:
Writers:
George Worthing Yates (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 car miniatures and the Golden Gate Bridge miniature were both made out of lead.See more »
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Factual errors: Early in the film, the submarine is a SST-1 Mackerel class nuclear training and experimental sub. Subsequent shots of the sub diving and underwater are WWII diesel submarines.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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Two Men, One Woman And One Atomic Hextapus!, 6 October 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

In the 1950s cinema was subjected to (graciously in my case) a number of things that came to wreak havoc on mankind. Be it nuclear enhanced spiders and ants marching forth from the desert or various beings from outer space come to deliver alien fury. Hell we even had giant water snails laying slimy waste to all in their way. But what of the ocean? So much potential down there. Rhedosaurus and Gojira had come from the sea to lay a marker down for the big lizard, but what of the natural creatures? Sharks? Well Spielberg's genre daddy was some 20 years away. Whales? Crabs? Squids? Ah what about a giant Octopus? Now there is scope for a riot. Lets make him a product of atomic blasting, awoken from the Mindanao Deep, keep it sympathetic 9it's just being natural after all), set up an attack on a bastion landmark of Americana and get stop-mo genius Ray Harryhausen to work his wonders.

So they did. It Came from Beneath the Sea, if you pardon the pun, holds its head above water in the creature feature, sci-fi schlockers genre. Starring Faith Domergue (This Island Earth), Kenneth Tobey (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms) and Donald Curtis (Earth vs. The Flying Saucers), it has safe and solid genre credentials. Though guilty of being over talky, in that the science being offered up isn't worthy of such meanderings, the script does allow for a feminism angle that should be applauded for the time it was made. Even if it's almost smothered by the love tryst shenanigans of our three central players that is. Filmed on location in San Francisco to add some level of authenticity to the story and having a running time that doesn't let it outstay its welcome. It Came from Beneath the Sea is a fine genre piece worthy of yearly revisits. 7/10

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