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Director:
Writers:
Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Space nightmares! See more »
Plot:
The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Better than average See more (79 total) »

Cast

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William Hopper ... Col. Robert Calder

Joan Taylor ... Marisa Leonardo
Frank Puglia ... Dr. Leonardo
John Zaremba ... Dr. Judson Uhl
Thomas Browne Henry ... Maj. Gen. A.D. McIntosh (as Thomas B. Henry)
Tito Vuolo ... Commissario Charra
Jan Arvan ... Signore Contino - Government Official
Arthur Space ... Dr. Sharman

Bart Braverman ... Pepe (as Bart Bradley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sid Cassel ... Farmer (uncredited)
James Dime ... Felix Roy - French News Correspondent (uncredited)
Noel Drayton ... 1st Reuters News Correspondent (uncredited)
Darlene Fields ... Ms. Reynolds (uncredited)
Michael Garth ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ray Harryhausen ... Man Feeding Elephant (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Verrico (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Dr. Koruku (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Mondello (uncredited)
George Pelling ... Maples (uncredited)
Jerry Riggio ... (uncredited)
Barry Russo ... American Embassy Aide (uncredited)
John Sorrentino ... (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nathan Juran 
 
Writing credits
Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams) &
Christopher Knopf (screenplay)

Charlotte Knight (story) (as Charlott Knight)

Produced by
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Irving Lippman (director of photography)
Carlo Ventimiglia (director of photography) (as Carlos Ventigmilia)
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ottavio Oppo .... assistant director (as Octavio Oppo)
Eddie Saeta .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects created by
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Antheil .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Anthony Collins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Diamond .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Gruenberg .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lucien Moraweck .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
82 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (2000) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | South Korea:All | South Korea:All (2008) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: colorized, DVD audio commentary) (2007) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2002) (2008: colourised version) | USA:Approved (PCA #18428) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The Ymir roars in the film are variations of elephant roars sped up and modulated in pitches at different rates.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: William Hopper's character, an Air Force Colonel (note clouds and lightning bolts on hat brim) would be wearing a navy blue hat with his tan uniform, not an olive drab Army hat. Also, General's stars and Colonel's eagles would be silver, not gold. (Colorized 50th Anniversary version).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mondello:Pepe! Is it your desire that the fishes, they swim away? Come on! Pull up on the net, here.
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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Better than average, 13 August 2003
Author: henry-girling from London, England

This is a simple enough film. Rocket returning from Venus crashes near Sicily and a foetal thing grows to become a giant lizardy humanoid type thing. The acting is ordinary and the script predictable.

What makes it better than average for a 1950s monster movie is the Ray Harryhausen animated Venusian, called a Ymir here. Photographed in atmospheric black and white, its progress from small caged creature to being loose and dangerous on the streets of Rome and fighting an elephant is engrossing. You can't help rooting for the Ymir, attacked along the way by dogs and soldiers. The Ymir becomes a character like Frankenstein's creation or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Excellent work by Harryhausen, and far more interesting than the CGI dinosaurs from Spielberg's over praised (and underwhelming) Jurassic Park trilogy.

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