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Norman Jolley (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
18 December 1957 (USA) See more »
Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the earth! See more »
Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Grant Williams ... Dave Miller

Lola Albright ... Cathy Barrett

Les Tremayne ... Martin Cochrane

Trevor Bardette ... Prof. Arthur Flanders

Phil Harvey ... Ben Gilbert
William Flaherty ... Police Chief Dan Corey
Harry Jackson ... Dr. Steve Hendricks

Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. E.J. Reynolds (as Richard Cutting)
Linda Scheley ... Ginny Simpson
Dean Cromer ... Highway Patrolman

Steve Darrell ... Joe Higgins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Troy Donahue ... Hank Jackson (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Carol Morris ... Nurse 1 (uncredited)

Paul Petersen ... Bobby - Paperboy (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Ethel - Telephone Operator (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Weatherman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sherwood 
Writing credits
Norman Jolley (screenplay) and
Robert M. Fresco (screenplay)

Jack Arnold (story) and
Robert M. Fresco (story)

Produced by
Howard Christie .... producer
Original Music by
Irving Gertz (uncredited)
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick McCormack 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert E. Smith)
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
William P. Tapp  (as William Tapp)
Costume Design by
Marilyn Sotto (gowns)
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lew Leary .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (as Frank Wilkinson)
Robert L. Bratton .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ed Hall .... sound technician (uncredited)
William Lambert .... sound technician (uncredited)
James F. Rogers .... sound technician (uncredited)
Alvin Todd .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Frank Brendel .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rollie Lane .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Pierce .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry L. Underwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Martha Bunch .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Lon Jones .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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The only movie monster to be a purely chemical process.See more »
Continuity: At one point in the film, it's established that the monoliths have cut off power to the town - no radio, phone, or lights. The geologist even has to use a police radio to talk to the doctor at the hospital in LA. A short time later, a boy delivering a hand-printed press release to a house in town presses the doorbell and its buzzer goes off. There should be no power for the doorbell to work.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:From time immemorial the Earth has been bombarded by objects from outer space, bits and pieces of the universe piercing our atmosphere in an invasion that never ends. Meteors, the shooting stars on which so many earthly wishes have been born - of the thousands that plummet toward us...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in They Live (1988)See more »


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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Another nice little gem from Universal, 13 March 2002
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

The Monolith Monsters makes a pleasant change from all those giant animal and alien invasion movies. This time, we have giant crystals threatening the world, which multiply when in contact with water and make people turn to stone. Jack Arnold, who made the very enjoyable Tarantula (1955), was responsible for this eerie movie.

This movie stars Grant Williams (The Incredible Shrinking Man), Lola Albright as his love interest and Les Tremayne (The War Of the Worlds). Williams plays a good part and is normal size in this!

The special effects are very good and the desert settings make the movie rather eerie.

This movie is a must see for all 1950's sci-fi fans. Great stuff and interesting.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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