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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- When the ocean's surface begins to boil white-hot and a Japanese freighter vanishes into the Pacific, the superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear an ancient legend has come true--the legend of Godzilla!  Steve Martin, an American reporter in Tokyo, finds himself trapped in the behemoth's path of destruction.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks T�ky�.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks T�ky�.

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Writers:
Takeo Murata (screen play) &
Ishirô Honda (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Makes KING KONG look like a Midget! See more »
Plot:
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Godzilla should not be destroyed, he should be studied. See more (89 total) »

Cast

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Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin

Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Yamane
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada ... Ogata
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Serizawa
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikel Conrad ... George Lawrence (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Unidentified Character (voice) (uncredited)
Hiroshi Hayashi ... (uncredited)

James Hong ... Ogata / Serizawa (voice) (uncredited)
Ren Imaizumi ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Man on Hill on Oto Island (uncredited)
Tsuruko Mano ... The Boy's Mother [Bit] (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Man in Line at Airport (uncredited)

Haruo Nakajima ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Takeo Oikawa ... Chief of Emergency Headquarters (uncredited)
Kenji Sahara ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Kin Sugai ... (uncredited)
Ryosaku Takasugi ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Katsumi Tezuka ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Sammee Tong ... Dr. Yamane (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda  (as Ishiro Honda)
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
 
Writing credits
Takeo Murata (screen play) &
Ishirô Honda (screen play) (as Ishiro Honda)

Shigeru Kayama (original story)

Al C. Ward  english version

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer: Japanese material
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Masao Tamai 
 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse (supervising editor) (as Terry Morse)
 
Production Design by
Satoru Chûko 
 
Art Direction by
Satoru Chûko  (as Satoru Chuko)
Takeo Kita 
 
Set Decoration by
George Rohr 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Webb .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound
Arthur B. Smith .... sound (as Art Smith)
 
Special Effects by
Kuichirô Kishida .... special photographic effects (as Kuichiro Kishida)
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special photographic effects
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special photographic effects
Akira Watanabe .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Roe .... cinematographer: American footage
 
Editorial Department
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Godzilla" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
80 min (original U.S. theatrical release version) | USA:78 min (television version) | USA:69 min (television) (re-issue)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Godzilla's roar was made by dragging a resin-coated leather glove up and down a contrabass and having the subsequent recording slowed down significantly.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Emiko is talking to Steve Martin in the hospital, her blouse is one plaid when seen from the front (scenes of the original actress in the Japanese version), but a different one when seen from behind (an American stand-in added for the American version).See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Kyohei Yamane:They are so wrong. Godzilla should not be destroyed, he should be studied.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Godzilla should not be destroyed, he should be studied., 15 May 2014
Author: Ben Larson from Leesburg, FL

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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