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The Colossus of New York (1958)

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

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(as Eugene Lourie)

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(screenplay), (story)
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Dr. Henry Spensser
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Anne Spensser
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Dr. William Spensser
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Dr. John Robert Carrington
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Dr. Jeremy 'Jerry' Spensser
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Billy Spensser
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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June 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Koloss von New York  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Released on a double-bill with "The Space Children (1958)". See more »

Goofs

At 49.44 when the Monster picks up the girl; her right arm drops and her left arm is not visible because it's between her and the Monster. But at 49.10 her left arm is now laying across her body . See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Monster! (1999) See more »

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Stop bashing this film...if you weren't 'there'....
15 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

Along with a few others, I too, must chime in with my 'thumbs up' opinion of this lost classic. I was fortunate to see nearly ALL of the horror/sci-fi 'Classics' in theaters during the 50's binge..when there was a new double feature nearly every other week.

This one, stands quite a bit above all the others. The creep factor is high and it has some truly haunting moments. The piano score just adds to the muted terror. Cheap? Yep. But I think that adds to the atmosphere.

Sure, I was a 'kid' when I saw all of these back then, but only a handful of these films were 'great'. 'Colossus' is hands-down one of the best of that era. If you watch it in the proper context, I'm sure you will agree.


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