The Giant Claw (1957)

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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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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
Gen. Van Buskirk
Frank Griffin ...
Pete - Pilot (as Ruell Shayne)
Clark Howat ...
Maj. Bergen
Morgan Jones ...
Lieutenant, Radar Officer


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 (

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Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!


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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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Did You Know?


The producers originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen for the bird. However, due to budgetary limitations they were forced to use a marionette. See more »


When the characters are in the helicopter searching for the monster's nest, Mitch calls Pierre "Pepe" once though he gets the name right all the other times. See more »


Narrator: Once the world was big, and no man in his lifetime could circle it. Through the centuries, science has made man's lifetime bigger, and the world smaller. Now the farthest corner of the Earth is as close as a pushbutton, and time has lost all meaning as man-made devices speed many many times faster than sound itself.
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This film is simply put.....pure entertainment! Nothing to be taken seriously, but rather to be savored as one of those classic gems from the 50s. Sure, the *Beastie* of this film is a huge turkey or buzzard from some distant galaxy, the acting is stiff and forced, the effects laughable, but if you watch this film for nothing more than to be entertained, you'll not be disappointed. This film is what makes *B* films so much fun....they're cheesy and campy and made on a budget of about $1.50, but you can't help watching it and coming back time and time, again.

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