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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.

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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 Tomo Iwanaga
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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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SEE! A monstrous sea-beast...surging up from the ocean! ..... a city of six-million wiped out by its death ray blast ! ... Giant ships swamped! Jet planes swept from the skies ! Trains ripped from the rails ! MORE ! MORE ! MORE ! SEE EVERY SCREEN-SHATTERING THRILL! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated

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Release Date:

27 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Was the first anamorphic widescreen film ever released by Tôhô Kabushiki Kaisha. See more »

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The airplanes are seen on strings. See more »

Quotes

Steve Martin: [asking Officer Iwanaga]
Steve Martin: What is the name of this monster?
Old Man on Hill on Oto Island: Godzilla...
Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga: You hear that? Godzilla.
Steve Martin: So, they believe that this Godzilla is responsible for all the ship disasters?
Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga: They're certain of it!
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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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Godzilla should not be destroyed, he should be studied.
15 May 2014 | by (Leesburg, FL) – See all my reviews

The 1954 classic was apparently not good enough for American audiences. They remade the film with Raymond Burr narrating the action and starring as a reporter covering the incident.

Rather than a subtitled film, we get one dubbed. At least they left some of the Japanese dialog.

Stars of the original film, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, and Akira Takarada, took second billing to Burr, who dominated throughout.

Godzilla was a grave representation of the horrors of the H bomb; horrors that Japan knew all too well. Scenes of the destruction caused by Godzilla, and of the broken, burning bodies pulled from the rubble, look authentic enough to be documentary footage of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. The film, a huge hit in the original form, must have been therapeutic for the Japanese people.


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