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The Giant Claw (1957)

 -  Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1957 (USA)
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Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Morrow ...
Mitch MacAfee
Mara Corday ...
Sally Caldwell
Morris Ankrum ...
Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
Louis Merrill ...
Pierre Broussard (as Louis D. Merrill)
Edgar Barrier ...
Dr. Karol Noymann
Robert Shayne ...
Gen. Van Buskirk
Frank Griffin ...
Pete - Pilot (as Ruell Shayne)
Clark Howat ...
Maj. Bergen
Morgan Jones ...
Lieutenant, Radar Officer
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Storyline

When electronics engineer Mitch MacAfee spots a UFO as "big as a battleship," from his plane, the Air Force scrambles planes to investigate. However, nothing shows up on radar, and one of the jets is lost during the action. MacAfee is regarded as a dangerous crackpot until other incidents and disappearances convince the authorities that the threat is real. Some believe it is a French-Canadian folk legend come to life, but it turns out to be an extraterrestrial giant bird composed of anti-matter whose disregard for human life and architecture threatens the world. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved

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June 1957 (USA)  »

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The Mark of the Claw  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, star Jeff Morrow said that neither he nor anyone on the film saw the title "monster" until they went to the film's premiere in Morrow's home town. It turned out that producer Sam Katzman had contracted with a low-budget model-maker in Mexico City to construct the "Giant Claw" and no one in the cast or crew had any idea it would come out looking as bizarre and, frankly, laughable as it did. Morrow said that the audience roared with laughter every time the "monster" made an appearance, and he wound up slinking in embarrassment out of the theater before the film was over so that no one who knew him would recognize him. See more »

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Due to use of footage from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, a flying saucer can very briefly be glimpsed in Grand Central Terminal during the bird's attack on New York City. See more »

Quotes

Mitch MacAfee: Now, I don't don't care if that bird came from outer space or Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; it's still made of flesh and blood - of some sort - and vulnerable to bullets and bombs.
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From the studio that made Lawrence of Arabia.
17 January 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Columbia, which made huge hits like Lawrence of Arabia and Jason and the Argonauts, were responsible for this.

A giant vulture like bird from outer space is responsible for aeroplanes disappearing and to make things worse, it has an anti-matter shield around it which makes it invisible on radar. After destroying some well known landmarks in Washington and New York and also picking a (model) train up in its beak, a way is devised to kill it and is successfully killed at the end when it is shot from an aeroplane.

The Giant Claw is one of the best so-bad-it's-good movies of the 1950's. When I first saw the giant wooden puppet bird, I couldn't stop laughing, even though it isn't supposed to be a comedy.

The cast includes 50s sci-fi regulars Jeff Morrow (This Island Earth, Kronos), Morris Ankrum (Invaders From Mars, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers)and Mara Corday (Tarantula, The Black Scorpian).

I enjoyed this movie very much and I don't see how anybody cannot enjoy it. Great fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.


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