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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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A decent, but slooow giant monster flick. See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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
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Because the budget was so low, Ray Harryhausen saved money by building his octopus model with six rather than the correct eight tentacles. He tried to pose the creature so this lack of the right number of arms wasn't apparent.See more »
Goofs:
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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References It Came from Outer Space (1953)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A decent, but slooow giant monster flick., 11 June 2003
Author: Dodonna from Champaign, Illinois

I've been a fan of Ray Harryhausen since I was old enough to appreciate movies, so I bought the DVD of "It Came From Beneath the Sea" even though I hadn't seen the film in many years. Having rewatched it, I have to admit that it's perhaps the least of his film accomplishments.

Once again, the atomic bomb provides the justification for another giant monster, though, despite what has been inaccurately reported elsewhere, the octopus in the film has not been mutated by radiation. It's simply a very large example of its kind that was living at the bottom of a deep ocean trench. When atomic testing made it radioactive, it couldn't effectively hunt because other sea creatures could somehow sense its presence. Therefore, it came to the surface in search of food.

One of the major problems with this film is that while an octopus makes a decent giant monster, it completely lacks the personality of some of Harryhausen's other creatures. Furthermore, it is confined to the sea--and, by extension, the shoreline--limiting its ability to go on a proper rampage.

Even at 79 minutes, the film moves very slowly until the climax. The opening sequence, in which the beast attacks a submarine captained by Kenneth Tobey's character, goes on for several very long minutes of inconsequential naval dialogue.

The lethargic pacing extends to the plot as well. The team of scientists assigned to determine what attacked the sub take a full two weeks to identify it as an octopus.

An odd love triangle of sorts pads the running time. Faith Domergue--who is presented as a modern feminist despite her tendency to scream on cue--seems just as interested in Tobey's navy man as she does in her fellow scientist. The two men acknowledge the triangle, but neither seems at all competitive about it.

Domergue is one of the best things about the film. She's credible as both scientist and sweater gal, and is a good example of the increasing role of female characters in science-fiction films of the period.

Once the octopus attacks in earnest, things pick up quite a bit, and Harryhausen's effects--including stop-motion-animated building demolition--are quite effective. While this is definitely a lesser effort for him, he still shows what he can do with a small budget and a relatively uninteresting monster.

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