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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

 -  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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Momoko Kôchi ...
Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada ...
Akihiko Hirata ...
Sachio Sakai ...
Hagiwara
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto ...
Seiji
Toyoaki Suzuki ...
Shinkichi
Tadashi Okabe ...
Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
President of Company
Frank Iwanaga ...
Security Officer
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Storyline

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:

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(original U.S. theatrical release) | (television) | (Unrated Extended Edition)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was felt that an experienced editor was needed to direct this American version in order to maintain the continuity and make it appear that Raymond Burr was part of the original production, which was actually shot two years earlier as Godzilla (1954). Terry O. Morse was selected because he had almost 30 years experience as an editor, as well as experience as a director of low-budget films. See more »

Goofs

After Emiko and Serizawa leave the lab, a different English-speaking actor's voice is heard dubbing actor Akihiko Hirata than the actor heard elsewhere in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Serizawa: The Oxygen destroyer must not be used!
Ogata: If we do not defend ourselves from Godzilla now, what will become of us?
Dr. Serizawa: And what will become of us if a weapon, such as I now have, falls into the wrong hands?
Ogata: Then you have a responsibility no man has ever faced. You have your fear which might become reality. And you have Godzilla, which *is* reality.
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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 »

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Referenced in Sanford and Son: The Director (1976) See more »

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American Version Of First Godzilla
1 May 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

This is the American re-edit of director Ishiro Honda's groundbreaking original, that now stars Raymond Burr as American reporter Steve Martin, who is visiting Japan, and gets caught up in the biggest story of his life. Steve just so happens to know Dr. Serizawa, whose recent experiments have created the very weapon that can destroy Godzilla, if he can bring himself to do so... Reasonably good film does a fairly clever job of integrating Burr into the original, as if he had been there all along, but just off screen! Ragged around the edges to be sure, but an otherwise inspired way of making it accessible to English-speaking audiences. Raymond Burr would reprise this role thirty years later in separate sequel to a new series("Godzilla 1985", based off of "The Return Of Godzilla")


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