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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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Tagline:
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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"I like my Giant...He's Keen" See more (27 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)

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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70 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"I like my Giant...He's Keen", 23 July 2008

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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