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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1957 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger
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Gail MacKenzie
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Dr. Jess Rogers
Harlan Warde ...
Lt. Robert 'Clem' Clemens
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Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
Mimi Gibson ...
Sandy MacKenzie
Gordon Jones ...
Sheriff Josh Peters
Marjorie Stapp ...
Connie Blake
Dennis McCarthy ...
Barbara Darrow ...
Jody Simms
Robert Benevides ...
Seaman Morty Beatty (as Bob Beneveds)
Michael Dugan ...
Clarke
Mack Williams ...
Capt. Masters
Wallace Earl ...
Sally (as Eileen Harley)
Jody McCrea ...
Seaman Fred Johnson
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Storyline

An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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A new kind of terror to numb the nerves! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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June 1957 (USA)  »

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The Jagged Edge  »

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$254,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

The majority of the underwater scenes were shot at Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. The close-ups were later filmed in a tank filled with water and plastic sea-weed. See more »

Goofs

After boat 242 was found deserted, LCDR Twillinger and LT Clemmons boarded her and found Sanders. But when they boarded 242, there was no mollusk secretion on its plank. But as LCDR Twillinger came back to plank to look in the sea, he placed his hand in white secretion. Obviously, if it had been there, they would have seen or slipped on it, while boarding. See more »

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[last lines]
Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger: Guess what, Sandy, you can go swimming again.
[excitedly]
Sandy MacKenzie: Can I?
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Referenced in Bees (1998) See more »

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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) ***
9 January 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This rates up there as one of the better "giant monsters wreak havoc on mankind" movies that came out of the 1950s. The predators this time are overgrown snails/mollusks/caterpillar-like creatures that awaken from the pits of the Salton Sea after an earthquake shakes things up and charges them full of radiation. These monsters may appear of the dime store variety to those who aren't used to these "big bug" pictures, but actually they're pretty believable for a movie like this. Some of the assets setting this feature apart from its relatives would be the serious treatment of the story, some good acting and characters (it's fun watching Hans Conried as the knowledgeable scientist), and a few impressive pre-JAWS ocean scenes (one of the female victims meets a fateful watery demise, for example). Also adding to the effectiveness are some creepy ravaged corpses, the likes of which weren't usually this prominent back in the day. *** out of ****


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