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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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Instant terror ... Just add water! (2001 DVD Promotional) 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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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 »

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After Jody is pulled under the water, the sound of her screams continues for about a second. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jess Rogers: We must remember that these creatures can travel over land, too.
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A monster with delusions of grandeur
3 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This tidy little "B" thriller features all the usual elements common to genre films of the fifties; a lantern jawed hero determined to get to the bottom of all the trouble, the stern scientist who provides the rationale for the beastliness and the comely love interest who provides the distaff side of the equation. That "The monster that challenged the world" succeeds in delivering an at times genuinely frightening experience is due, I think,to a great script and film makers who treat the material with respect. To do any less is a betrayal of the audience,in my view. The film is peopled with understated performances, especially those of Hans Conreid in a rare dramatic role and Tim Holt,a stalwart of "B" westerns, as the no nonsense Commander Twillinger. The monster of the title may not be as menacing as, say, Alien, but it provides enough creepy moments to satisfy all but the most jaded film goers. Nice photography and crisp editing add to the overall effect. "The monster that challenged the world" made almost fifty years ago, remains a fresh and satisfying example of the genre. Recommended.


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