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The Beast of Yucca Flats -- Commies made him an atomic mutant! Noted Russian nuclear scientist Joseph Javorsky (Tor Johnson) escapes to the United States with "Top Secret" Soviet documents. U.S. Army personnel accompany him to the Yucca Flats Atomic Testing Grounds, but Soviet agents are in hot pursuit! They run Javorsky's car off the road, right into the bomb testing site. During the ensuing gunfight, an H-bomb detonation kills everyone except Javorsky, who is transformed into a crazed atomic-mutated beast on a bloodthirsty rampage! Inspired by the Cold War, Communist infiltration of America, and the constant threat of atomic attacks, this drive-in theater classic from the Kennedy Era stars cult favorites Tor Johnson and Conrad Brooks from "Plan 9 from Outer Space."


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2 May 1961 (USA) See more »
Commies made him an atomic mutant!
A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Douglas Mellor ... Hank Radcliffe
Barbara Francis ... Lois Radcliffe
Bing Stafford ... Jim Archer
Larry Aten ... Joe Dobson
Linda Bielema ... Wife on Vacation
Ronald Francis ... Randy Radcliffe
Alan Francis ... Art Radcliffe
Anthony Cardoza ... KGB Driver / Helpful Neighbor (as Tony Cardoza)
Bob Labansat ... Javorsky's Bodyguard
Jim Oliphant ... Husband on Vacation
John Morrison ... KGB Passenger
Eric Tomlin ... Driver Run off Road
Jim Miles ... Javorsky's Driver
George Prince ... Man who Reports Murder (as George Principe)
Conrad Brooks ... Man at Airfield
Graham Stafford ... News Boy

Tor Johnson ... Joseph Javorsky / The Beast
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lanell Cado ... Woman Strangled in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Narrator / Gas Station Attendant / Man Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
Marcia Knight ... Jim's Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Luis Rubin ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Coleman Francis 
Writing credits
Coleman Francis (written by)

Produced by
Larry Aten .... associate producer (as Laurence Aten)
Anthony Cardoza .... producer
Coleman Francis .... producer
Roland Morin .... executive producer
Jim Oliphant .... executive producer (as James Oliphant)
Bing Stafford .... associate producer (as Charles Stafford)
Original Music by
Irwin Nafshun 
Al Remington 
Gene Kauer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John Cagle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Coleman Francis  (as C. Francis)
Anthony Cardoza (uncredited)
Austin McKinney (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Larry Aten .... makeup artist (as L. Aten)
Production Management
Austin McKinney .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austin McKinney .... assistant director
Sound Department
Titus Moede .... sound mixer
Lee Strosnider .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ray Mercer .... film effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Strosnider .... camera operator
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Cardoza .... presenter
Theodore Charach .... publicist (as Ted Charach)
John Grant .... special thanks


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Girl Madness" - USA (reissue title)
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54 min
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Tor Johnson's final starring role. He had 1 more uncredited role in Head (1968).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The Radcliffes get a flat tire and pull over on a desolate desert highway. As the Dad changes the flat tire, the shadow of the film crew vehicle is right behind him, along the side of the road.See more »
Narrator:Touch a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast.See more »


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79 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Useful as meditation device, 13 June 2005
Author: drmality-1 ( from Illinoize

There is something very Zen-like about "Beast of Yucca Flats". The vast lingering views of the desert Southwest. The odd disconnected dialogue that sounds completely disembodied. The haiku like narration.

It is in the spirit of Coleman Francis' narration that I now give impressions of the film: A clock ticks. A beautiful girl. A hidden killer. The clock stops. There is no connection.

The vast desert. A plane lands. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist. Joseph Javorski, who looks like he could eat whole pigs, has the fate of the world in his briefcase. The Kremlin's best make him a target. The wheels of progress grind on.

A chase. Bullets. Murder. Flag on the did it get there? A bomb. More progress. Touch a button, something happens. A scientist becomes a beast.

Figures in a landscape. Who knows how long we really have? Joe and Jim, desert patrolman. They guard freedom and democracy 24/7 in this landscape. A beast is on the loose. Joseph Javorski, once a noted scientist, now...nothing.

There is no progress in the desert. Yet its effects are everywhere. Man's progress. Quench the killer's thirst. A family stops for a rest. The beast appears. A terrible mistake. Policemen with quick guns and the minds of swine. An innocent man dies. Who cares? Two boys feed soda pop to thirsty pigs. It's progress, you know.

Confrontation. A fight that is not a fight. A gun with no bullets fires. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist, becomes rabbit food. The wheels of progress grind on. End.

The viewer's mind becomes nothing. What have we seen? Who believes in flying saucers? Coleman Francis. The name lingers on. The lonely cry of desert winds. I love the movies.

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