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The Arctic Giant (1942)

Superman versus a thawed-out Tyrannosaurus.


Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky (uncredited)


Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman), Jerry Siegel (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel) | 2 more credits »


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Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ... Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ... Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa Julian Noa ... Perry White (voice) (uncredited)


An expedition unearths a frozen Tyrannosaurus in the Siberian tundra and brings it back to the USA. Naturally, it accidentally thaws and runs amok. Can Superman handle it? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The thawed out Tyrannosaurus was the inspiration for Godzilla. See more »


As the thermometer rises, it first goes past "Freezing" and then, a little later, past "Melting". Actually the freezing and melting points of water (or anything else for that matter) are always the same. The only difference between "freezing" and "melting" is in the "direction". See more »


[first lines]
Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, this amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Superman #4
17 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Arctic Giant, The (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fourth film in the original Paramount series borrows from THE LOST WORLD and KING KONG to create a mildly entertaining short. A Tyrannosaurus is found in the Arctic, brought back the New York City where it accidentally thaws out and goes on a rampage. Lois gets caught in the middle of the action but thankfully Superman is there to save the day. I somewhat enjoyed this short just because of how campy various items are. It goes without saying but plot points isn't a high mark for this series, at least not yet, but I found myself laughing and having a good time here. The dinosaur somehow thaws out in the matter of seconds and no reason is given for him still being alive but that just adds to the entertainment. I thought Superman destroyed him too easily but it was fun seeing the large monster tear through a dam and bridge.

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Release Date:

26 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az Északi-sarki óriás See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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