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It Came from Beneath the Sea -- An atomic submarine encounters an unknown object while on a shakedown cruise...a giant octopus, mutated by an H-bomb! U.S. forces track the beast down and finally locate it just as it enters San Francisco Harbor and starts its savage destruction.
It Came from Beneath the Sea -- Open-ended Trailer from Columbia Tristar


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George Worthing Yates (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
July 1955 (USA) See more »
IT CRUSHES! KILLS! DESTROYS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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 (uncredited)
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)
Crew believed to be complete

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79 min
Black And White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating: colourised version) (2008) | UK:U (video rating: DVD director's audio commentary) (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1993) (2003) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17332)

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When the Navy first uses depth charges on the octopus, the destroyer most prominently featured is DD-540, which is the USS Twining. Launched in 1943 the Twining won many battle stars for action in World War II and in Korea. She was sold to the Republic of China in 1971 and stricken in 1999.See more »
Continuity: During the airplane search for survivors after the first monster attack, the pilot sights two men in a rubber raft in the ocean, but when the scene transitions to the naval hospital, four rescued sailors are brought in.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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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the First "Disaster" Movies, 8 December 2003
Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada

When an atomic-powered submarine runs afoul of something most bizarre on their radar, its Commander Pete Matthews decides not to risk the $ 55 million dollar naval submarine he commands and tries to head out of the area but suddenly the submarine is unable to move while something outside them is emitting radiation. Eventually after a considerable struggle, they do escape and later discover that what had held them down was in fact a giant Octopus!

From scientists Dr. John Carter (Donald Curtis) & Dr. Leslie Joyce (Faith Domergue), working along with the military's Commander Matthews, we learn that this Octopus has undergone an atomic mutation and has now come to prey on man instead of fish and is all set to ravage the West Coast of America. Eventually it surfaces and attacks the Golden Gate Bridge while San Francisco panics in fear! Can It be stopped?

The real star of this film is Harryhausen's Giant Octopus, who even with only six tentacles, manages to make a more lasting impression on the viewer than most of the cast. That said, the theme of feminism is also an important undercurrent of this story and I felt Faith Domergue did a wonderful job with what she was given to work with. The moments she coaxes the trans-steamer survivor into admitting it was a giant Octopus that attacked his ship is a great one for her.

While this movie is much too slow getting to its eventual pay-off for most viewers, it's never bothered me as much because I felt Domergue and Tobey had a great chemistry on screen together and I actually liked the addition of their romance here. Still this has to be one of the first disaster films really considering how a giant Octopus nearly does in San Francisco...and well that's a cool and fun premise for a movie in my book (even if one does have to swallow one's disbelief).

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