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Director:
Writers:
Bert I. Gordon (story)
George Worthing Yates (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The towering terror from hell!
Plot:
Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I was scared, but I was an infant! See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sally Fraser ... Joyce Manning
Roger Pace ... Maj. Mark Baird
Duncan 'Dean' Parkin ... Col. Glenn Manning (as Dean Parkin)
Russ Bender ... Dr. Carmichael
Rico Alaniz ... Sgt. Luis Murillo
George Becwar ... John Swanson
Robert Hernandez ... Miguel
Charles Stewart ... Capt. Harris
June Jocelyn ... Mrs. Edwards
John McNamara ... Neurologist
Loretta Nicholson ... Joan
Raymond Winston ... Arthur Lang
Jack Kosslyn ... Newscaster
George Navarro ... Mexican Doctor
Bob Garnet ... Pentagon Correspondent
Stan Chambers ... TV Announcer
June Burt ... Laurie Edwards
Howard Wright ... Medical Research Officer
Mary Hennessy
George Alexander ... Army Officer
Bill Giorgio ... Bus Driver
Hal Torey
George Milan ... Gen. Nelson

Warren Frost ... Operator (Switchboard)
Robert Tetrick (as Bob Tetrick)
Rod Dana
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louie Elias ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Mayor (uncredited)
Glenn Langan ... Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (archive footage) (uncredited)
Merritt Stone ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Bert I. Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Bert I. Gordon (story)

George Worthing Yates (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Bert I. Gordon .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta  (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Keller  (as Walter Keller)
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman  (as Maury Hoffman)
 
Makeup Department
Jack H. Young .... special makeup
 
Production Management
Herbert E. Mendelson .... production manager (as Herb Mendelson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as H.E. Mendelson)
John W. Rogers .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Walter Broadfoot .... property master
 
Sound Department
Josef von Stroheim .... sound editor
Ben Winkler .... sound mixer (as Benny Winkler)
 
Special Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special technical effects
Flora M. Gordon .... assistant technical effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Burl Stafford .... chief set electrician
 
Editorial Department
Ronald Sinclair .... editorial supervisor
Paul Wittenberg .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... conductor
 
Other crew
Henry Schrage .... assistant to producer
Judith Hart .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:X (original rating) | USA:Approved (Certificate #19024)

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Trivia:
American-International changed to title to a more dramatic-sounding "War of the Colossal Beast" and avoided mentioning in the ad campaign that it was a sequel to an earlier film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Joyce introduces Mexican police Sgt. Murillo as "This is Sergeant Luis of the Mexican State Police". There is no such organization as "Mexican State Police"; each state in Mexico has its own police force, so in the state of Morelos it would be "Morelos State Police", in the state of Guerrero it would be "Guerrero State Police", etc.See more »
Quotes:
Joyce Manning:Do you know what it's like, just sitting around waiting for news?
Maj. Mark Baird:You mind if I suggest a remedy? It's an old one , but it usually works. Find something else to occupy your mind. Do you have a job?
Joyce Manning:I write copy for an advertising agency .
Maj. Mark Baird:Now that should help you forget your troubles.
Joyce Manning:I can imagine myself going back to write all those tired old adjectives: "Tremendous," "Gigantic," "Colossal!" You know what they'd mean to me now, don't you? Glenn! A colossal freak, Major, and he's my brother!
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I was scared, but I was an infant!, 29 January 2002
Author: lambiepie-2 from Los Angeles, CA

This is the story of how "War of the Colossal Beast" made an imprint on my life. I saw it when I was almost 2. I remember my parents lying in bed, dead asleep to the world and their bedroom tv was on. I remember being in my crib (I remember the bars!) and being thirsty so I picked up my bottle but there wasn't any water in it. I remember looking at their tv and I remember seeing this giant with one eyeball and big teeth... growling!!! It had my attention. After that, the Star Spangled Banner played and the tv went to the snowy picture. My parents, by the way, never budged. To be honest, my mom was snoring. I was scared out of my skin. I cried and threw my bottle at their bed. I think I hit my dad because my dad stirred, sleepily leaned over and turned the tv off. I sat in the dark! I was afraid that the giant with the one eyeball and big teeth that was growling was going to come through the window and get me and my parents didn't care because they stayed asleep!!! As I grew older, I could not be in the room alone if the Star Spangled Banner on tv played and the station was signing off. I used to scream like crazy. The older I got though, I controlled the screaming but I grew anxious, broke out in a cold sweat and demanded to change channels. Now that digital and satellite cable has arrived, I can look at the Amazing Colossal Beast and laugh at the cheap special effects because I know the tv wont play the Star Spangles Banner and trun to snow. The moral of the story is: no matter how cheesy and bad you think a sci-fi movie from the 50's is, don't leave your infants or toddlers in front of them. Lord knows what they will remember and Lord knows how it will effect their psyche!!!

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