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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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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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In the laboratory, above the filing cabinets on the right was a aerial picture of the K-25 Plant, it was the largest building in the Manhattan Project and was authorized in late 1942, it was 11 miles from the WWII Secret City of Oak Ridge, Tenn. The plant was intended to produce enriched uranium. The photo on the left looks like it is a close up of K-25 but that has not been proven at this time. See more »

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When little Sandy is first speaking to the caged rabbit it's quietly lying down; when the camera cuts away and a second later comes back the rabbit is busily munching away. 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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It Ain't Escargot!
28 January 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

A small naval base by the Salton Sea is under attack from some ancient mollusks freed by an earthquake through the floor of the sea. The film starts out in typical 50's sci-fi manner, and the first encounter between one of these caterpillar-looking creatures and a couple of sailors is rather good. The creatures leave some gooey stuff, apparently saliva, by each victim. The head of the base, a Twillinger, begins to try and find out what killed his men with the aid of scientist Hans Conried. Tim Holt, the fella that played Curtain in Treasure of the Sierra Madre, plays Twillinger(Twill), a brusque, by the book, no nonsense guy. It wasn't till near the end of the picture I realized it was Holt(having missed opening credits) as he was like a balloon compared to his early western films. Nonetheless Holt effectively takes charge of this "sticky" situation. Hans Conried excels as the scientist. The film is not a great sci-fi film, but it is an exciting one with a good pace, good acting, and decent special effects.


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