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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1956 (USA)
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A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.


(as Ishiro Honda), (as Terry Morse)


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Complete credited cast:
Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada ...
Sachio Sakai ...
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto ...
Toyoaki Suzuki ...
Tadashi Okabe ...
Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
President of Company
Frank Iwanaga ...


When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla's fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay? Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

27 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla  »


Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1956
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(original U.S. theatrical release) | (television) | (television) (re-issue)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Godzilla's roar did come from a contrabass, but the echoing sound came from playing the sound in an empty toilet tank and recording it. See more »


A monster that could potentially destroy the world would be the biggest news story of the century. And yet, except for Steve Martin (Raymond Burr) who happened to be visiting Tokyo, there isn't a single foreign news correspondent there. See more »


[first lines]
Steve Martin: [in voice over] This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is ...
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Crazy Credits

Many prints and videos have absolutely no credits, beyond the title at the start(with a clearly video-generated copyright notice below it) and a "The End" graphic at the close. As of 2006, Classic Media's release of the film in the Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters on DVD has the restored English credits. See more »


Referenced in Sanford and Son: The Reverend Sanford (1977) See more »

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An Enraged Monster Wipes Out An Entire City! (While Perry Mason watches on for America).
9 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Well it literally is a different animal from Ishirō Honda's seminal 1954 movie about the giant atomic lizard who wakes up in a bad mood. Here the American version clips the atmosphere considerably (and the running time), craftily edits Raymond Burr into Honda's movie and of course removes the anti-American sentiment that once existed. Yet the film did prove to be very popular with English speaking film fans and further enhanced the growing appeal of all things Godzilla like.

As it is it's a decent enough film, especially if you have never seen Honda's original. For sure it's still creaky in that "man in rubber suit" way, but the iconic creature is still thrilling as it goes about its merry way destroying some carefully constructed model workings. The nuclear war heedings are still there and there's much fun to be had, intentional or otherwise. Its pale in comparison to the original, but it's not a stinker either. 6/10

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