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The Colossus of New York (1958)

Unrated  |   |  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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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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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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"I like my Giant...He's Keen"

While not nearly as smitten with it as some folks, The Colossus of New York does maximize a rather small budget and presents an interesting story. The story involves whether men with great minds also have souls as a father and brother of just such a mind resurrect the brain of a lost son/brother through their knowledge of brain surgery and robotics. They place the brain in a hideous monstrous creation with a huge gigantic body and eyes like lasers(in fact shoot something like lasers to kill). Yes, this is heavily reliant on the Frankenstein mythos about playing God and tampering with what makes up human beings - body and soul. The film's story does have glaring weaknesses which the inferior budget magnifies unfortunately. The acting as well is not all that good despite a pretty good cast with Ross Martin in his brief role as the great mind prior to his new home in a basement creation basically. Martin was the best actor in the whole film and is in it barely 10 minutes! His father is played by Otto Kruger who just looks like he is in a daze the whole time and gives a very wooden performance. Playing the brother is John Baragrey who is adequate. Mala Powers as the grief-stricken wife seems to be taking the news of terrible things rather well, and rounding out the important characters is Charles Herbert as the son. He is okay and a bit too cutesy. The music by Van Cleave is more than intrusive(as another reviewer noted). It is downright annoying and makes the film very static in scenes which should have had more umph if you will. There are few action scenes, a lot of talking, and a rather nicely shot climatic scene at the United Nations, but when all is said and done the movie abruptly ends with major characters walking away looking very disinterested and emotionless. I really did like much of the story and there are several scenes which are rather well-conceived(the outdoor meeting with Herbert and giant Dad and the end of the film for the most part standing out). The film has not had a DVD release and is awfully hard to find on video but can be with some perseverance. While the special effects are incredibly limited and the film has a real cheap feeling to it, The Colossus of New York is better than average if for no other reason than its imaginative script.


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