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The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) Poster

Trivia

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According to Anthony Cardoza, the rabbit at the end was not scripted; a wild baby jackrabbit wandered into the shot.
Shot without sound. To avoid having to sync a lot of sound in post-production, the actors turned away from the camera when speaking, and cupped their hands over their mouths when shouting.
Tor Johnson's final starring role. He had 1 more uncredited role in Head (1968).
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The first scene raised many questions: Who was the girl? How did Javorsky kill her before he mutates? Was it an unmentioned scene in the middle of the film? According to Tom Weaver's interview with producer Anthony Cardoza, the scene was shot after the movie was completed, and director Coleman Francis just put it there because he liked nude scenes.
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Howard Morrison provided the Geiger counter. It was also used in Night Train to Mundo Fine (1966).
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The rabbit scene was filmed by John Cagle.
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In the one scene where the mother yells the boys name she yells Randy, and Art but when the father takes off looking for them he yells Randy and Mike.
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Director Trademark 

Coleman Francis: [coffee as calming influence] The patrolmen relax by having coffee.
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Coleman Francis: [props] Light aircraft used to transport main characters
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Coleman Francis: [location] Yucca Mountain
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Coleman Francis: [location] Yucca Flats airstrip
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Coleman Francis: [vigilante shooting] Hank Radcliffe, the boys' father, is mistaken for the killer, shot from an airplane by police, and wounded.
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