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The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Behemoth the Sea Monster (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 3 March 1959 (USA)
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur that threatens London.

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Steve Karnes
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Prof. James Bickford (as Andre Morell)
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Jean Trevethan
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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist (as Jack McGowran)
Maurice Kaufmann ...
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Henri Vidon ...
Tom Trevethan (as Henry Vidon)
Leonard Sachs ...
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Storyline

The dumping of radioactive waste in the ocean disturbs a prehistoric monster than can project electric shocks and radioactive beams. After terrorizing the English coast, it is discovered that if the creature is destroyed with conventional weaponry it would spread a dangerous amount radioactive contamination over the entire country, with this fact preventing the military from attacking the monster as it nears London. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Trivia

The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren. See more »

Goofs

After the ferry is sunk, a newspaper vendor is shown on the street calling out, "Extra! Extra! Monster Attacks London. Monster Latest", but the man clearly never opens his mouth whilst he's supposed to be saying those words. See more »

Quotes

Steve Karnes: [solemnly] One thing is sure. Something has happened here that isn't in the book. Something came out of the ocean and now has gone back into.
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Connections

Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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A good film from the 50's
6 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There were many "giant-monster" films from the 50's . Some were terrible. Most were good, including this one. Yeah, if one were picky they could say the stop-motion effects (from King Kong effects man Willis O'Brien) are not as well done as Ray Harryhausen's or the pacing is a bit slow at times. For the most part, the actors do a credible job although Gene Evans (Dr. Karnes) overplays his part a bit. There is enough action to sustain interest and the story is pretty good (if not original). This monster just isn't in a talking mood! It's not only radioactive but has an electric charge that sends out the radiation. There is some decent stock footage as well. If you're a fan of 1950's sci-fi films, give this one a try.


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