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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

When the giant bird attacks the squadron of planes sent to destroy it, the planes that it has in its mouth are delta wing whereas the fighters were of the standard wing design. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Something, he didn't know what, but something as big as a Battleship has just flown over and past him."
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Gonzo From Outer Space
19 January 2001 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

From the has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed school. A giant bird from space descends on earth, snatching up entire trains, hot rodding teenagers, and overacting bit players. Toss in terrible effects, hammy acting and science of the Ed Wood school and you have a surefire winner for any bad film fest. Then there is the bird itself, which comes complete with flareing nostrils.......


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