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Writers:
Thelma Schnee (screenplay)
Willis Goldbeck (story)
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Release Date:
June 1958 (USA) See more »
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Towering above the skyline ~ an indestructible creature whose eyes rain death and destruction!
Plot:
A brilliant surgeon encases his dead son's brain in a large robot body, with unintended results... Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The second-best movie from the 1950s. See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
John Baragrey ... Dr. Henry Spensser

Mala Powers ... Anne Spensser

Otto Kruger ... Dr. William Spensser
Robert Hutton ... Dr. John Robert Carrington

Ross Martin ... Dr. Jeremy 'Jerry' Spensser
Charles Herbert ... Billy Spensser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Douglas ... Official (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man at Funeral Service (uncredited)
Larry Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Airport Accident Extra (uncredited)
Dick Nelson ... Charles - Chauffeur-Butler (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney ... Reporter (uncredited)
Max Power ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Court Shepard ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Airline Pilot (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Airport Accident Extra (uncredited)
Ed Wolff ... The Colossus (uncredited)
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Directed by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Writing credits
Thelma Schnee (screenplay)

Willis Goldbeck (story)

Produced by
William Alland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Van Cleave 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Floyd Knudtson 
 
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Charles Woolstenhulme .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director
Ira Stewart .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Gemora .... designer: Colossus costume (uncredited)
Ralph Jester .... designer: Colossus costume (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Cookerly .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harry Sukman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Irvin Talbot .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ross Martin .... voice of the Colossus (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Continuity: 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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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The second-best movie from the 1950s., 25 July 2001
Author: Bruce Cook (brucemcook@windstream.net) from Fayetteville, GA

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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