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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) Poster

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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.
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Ray Harryhausen purchased the model for the ship that the octopus sinks from a five and dime store.
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The submarine scenes were shot in an actual submarine in Long Beach, California.
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Columbia booked this as a double bill with Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) all across the US.
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This is the film that brought together producer Charles H. Schneer and special effects legend Ray Harryhausen. Their professional relationship would last until Clash of the Titans (1981), the final feature for both men.
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Ray Harryhausen's father built the metal armature for the model for the octopus.
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The "atom-powered" submarine shown cruising on the surface is actually the diesel-electric submarine USS Cubera (SS-347).
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Most of the scenes in this film were done in a single take.
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Several subs appear in stock footage. The jet-propelled torpedo gets loaded onto a real sub that appears to have a fake conning tower, probably built over the real conning tower to make this sub visually match the sub that appears later. It's hard to read the sub's number in the torpedo-load scene, but it appears to be 334 --USS Cabezon. The Cabezon arrived in California in 1953 to join the reserve fleet and might have been undergoing inactivation when the film crews set up.
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The car miniatures and the Golden Gate Bridge miniature were both made out of lead.
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The Special Jet Propelled Torpedo is actually an aerial torpedo (it was delivered by aircraft and by torpedo boats) that had its propellers and rudders removed.
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The background plates for the Golden Gate Bridge were shot without permits.
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City officials refused to allow the filmmakers to shoot on the real Golden Gate Bridge, because they didn't want the public to think that the bridge could actually fall. Ray Harryhausen recreated the entire bridge in miniature.
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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.
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