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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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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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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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1.66 : 1
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Released on a double-bill with "The Space Children (1958)". See more »

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Scene minutes, 55.22 and 1.05.10, showing the Colossus walking through water and up stairs, is the same film footage used twice . 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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The second-best movie from the 1950s.
25 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Paramount produced this fascinating, low-budget gem in 1958 and release it with a second feature which was tailor-made to go with it (see `The Space Children'). They played together at drive-in theaters nation wide, and thousand of kids like me watched them both in wide-eyed wonder.

Young viewers (15 to 25 years old) who watch either of these films today tend to totally miss the point. `The Colossus of New York' is an admirable and well-crafted exploration of concepts that were years ahead of their time: ideas like sensory deprivation, organ transplants, psychic powers, and others. This movie is NOT simply a Frankenstein rehash (as several misguided reviewers have claimed).

The story is about a noble, humanitarian genius whose brain is placed in an unfeeling robot body. The film invites the viewer to ponder what makes each of us the sensitive and compassionate person we are (or should be).

If `The Colossus of New York' seems hockey and corny to you, remember that it was designed for an audience -- and a culture -- that existed almost half a century ago. If you have the maturity and the intelligence to translate this message from a by-gone age, you'll benefit from your efforts.

If not . . . well, it's your loss.


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