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The Giant Claw (1957)

Approved  |   |  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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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

The poster artists were purportedly not shown the puppet nor any other artwork from the film's production and concluded that the monster was a giant eagle or hawk. Thus, the creature in the posters looks nothing like the beast in the film. 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

Narrator: Once more a frantic pilot radios in a report on a UFO. A bird. A bird as big as a Battleship!
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Lots of fun to watch if you aren't too serious about it.
4 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A nice remembrance from childhood watching this one Saturday evening at my cousins place in Brooklyn. Probably a WOR channel 9 creature feature, but definitely one of the schlockiest of their stock. Still, what really sets these old 50s monster B and C flicks apart from today's low-rent stuff is the great seriousness of the characters and their delivery done with earnest. This style is standard fare from low-budget Corman through the cheapo AIP and Columbia stuff, and this is what makes these lesser efforts with poor quality effects rise to a level that makes them as enjoyable as the grade A Universal-International and 20th Century Fox sci-fi stuff.


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