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The Colossus of New York (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1958 (USA)
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A brilliant surgeon encases his dead son's brain in a large robot body, with unintended results...

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Complete credited cast:
John Baragrey ...
Dr. Henry Spensser
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Anne Spensser
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Dr. William Spensser
Robert Hutton ...
Dr. John Robert Carrington
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Dr. Jeremy 'Jerry' Spensser
Charles Herbert ...
Billy Spensser
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Jeremy Spensser, genius humanitarian, is killed in an accident just after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. His father William, a brilliant brain surgeon, works on the body in secret before burial; later revealing to his other son Henry that he has the brain on life support and hopes to encase it in a robot body! The resulting being is large, strong, and develops many strange powers. Initially it has Jeremy's gentle personality but this, too, begins to change, and a year later it decides to end its long seclusion... Unusual piano music score. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Towering above the skyline ~ an indestructible creature whose eyes rain death and destruction!

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June 1958 (USA)  »

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Der Koloss von New York  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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When Jeremy (the Colossus) crashes through the glass wall at the end of the movie, the very next scene there is a woman lying on the floor and the man to the left of her looks down at her. In the scene following, the Colossus starts shooting eye beams. The eye beam then hits the woman, now standing, and she falls to the floor, in the same position. See more »

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The opening credits text rises out of New York harbor, as its reflection on the water sinks to the bottom of the screen. See more »

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Not just a Frankenstein wanna-be!
25 June 2000 | by (St. George, Utah) – See all my reviews

The impressive title work is the viewer's first clue that producer William Alland and director Eugene Lourie squeezed considerable artistry and style from a shoestring budget. Look past the economic limitations; the suspenseful and imaginative story involves the death of a humanitarian genius whose father (a famous surgeon) and brother (a robotics expert) team up to keep the genius' brain alive in a robot body (well designed by ace effects artist John P. Fulton). The film's message concerns the nature of the soul and the role which physical sensations play in making humans act humane. Other affects by Fulton include one of sci-fi cinema's best death rays. All in all, a moving and intelligent movie


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