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Coleman Francis (written by)
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Release Date:
2 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Commies made him an atomic mutant!
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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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So bad, I can watch it over & over again! See more (132 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Directed by
Coleman Francis 
 
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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)
 
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John Grant .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Girl Madness" - USA (reissue title)
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54 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Director Trademark: [Coleman Francis] [location]Yucca Flats airstripSee more »
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Continuity: When the KGB agents chase Javorski, the scene cuts between day and night repeatedly.See more »
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Narrator:Nothing bothers some people, not even flying saucers.See more »
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
So bad, I can watch it over & over again!, 31 August 2001
Author: bigmoneygriff1 from Alexandria, VA

I don't know what it is, but I find this stupifying excuse for a movie almost hypnotic in its sheer badness. I am starting to think it is so bad that it's perhaps the greatest movie ever made! Should I give it a 1 or 10? It's horrible, but not horrible like 'Manos', 'Wild World of Batwoman' or 'Stroker Ace'. Those are completely unwatchable movies. 'Beast' stands up to frequent repeated viewings (much like 'Plan 9'). I have to say that being a BIG Tor Johnson fan may have something to do with it, but I don't feel the same way about 'The Unearthly' & Tor utters perhaps the most memorable line in film history in that one.

Perhaps it's the magical touch of Coleman Francis. This is his 'Kane' & it shows frame by frame. The non-sensical narration, the stellar casting, the existence of the first scene in the movie (why??), the sparse landscape, the light aircraft...

All I know is, I just can't get enough of this movie. Good thing Englewood Entertainment has seen fit to release the film on DVD, although I will also keep the copy Conrad Brooks gave me a few years ago why blowing through town showing Plan 9. I only wish Englewood had released it in 'Letterbox' format with director's commentary & a documentary of the making of 'Beast'. Yes, I know Coleman's dead, but somebody somewhere had to be asking Mr. Francis WHY at the time & got it down on film or tape. At the least, I think Conrad is still around to lend some clues.

I feel an idea for a book coming on, but what I'm trying to convey with this overlong comment is that there is excellence and there is amateurish bafoonery, but with the case of this film, the distinction in my brain has been blurred. Perhaps the rating system is not a straight line, but a circle. And '0' & '10' are the same.

By the way, I love the treatment MST3K gave this stinker (along with the rest of the Coleman Francis trilogy), but even that deadens the effect. Watch that one if you must, but for the full effect buy the DVD/VHS of the standard release & watch it. Not once, but about 12 times will do it. Then you will know what I'm talking about. Judging by some of the '10' ratings out there, I may not be alone in this opinion.

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