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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 13 June 1953 (USA)
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director:

Eugène Lourié

Writers:

Lou Morheim (screenplay), Fred Freiberger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Hubschmid ... Prof. Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
Paula Raymond ... Lee Hunter
Cecil Kellaway ... Prof. Thurgood Elson
Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods ... Capt. Phil Jackson
Lee Van Cleef ... Corp. Stone
Steve Brodie ... Sgt. Loomis
Ross Elliott ... George Ritchie
Jack Pennick Jack Pennick ... Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke Ray Hyke ... Sgt. Willistead
Paula Hill Paula Hill ... Miss Ryan (as Mary Hill)
Michael Fox ... ER Doctor
Alvin Greenman ... First Radar Man
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Morton
King Donovan ... Dr. Ingersoll
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Storyline

As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast's existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a "rhedosaurus" to paleontologist Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during an oceanic bathysphere excursion to search for the creature. Soon thereafter the rhedosaurus emerges from the sea and lays waste to Manhattan Island until Nesbitt comes up with a plan to try to stop the seemingly indestructible beast. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster from Beneath the Sea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$210,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jack Dietz Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Prof. Elson is talking to Lee from the submerged diving bell, he describes the dinosaur as a survivor of the Paleolithic era. He should have said Cretaceous, Paleolithic refers to a human occupation period and means "Stone Age", and there certainly weren't any dinosaurs around then. See more »

Goofs

Just after the beast enters New York City, a policeman approaches him on foot firing a pistol at the monster. The beast then picks up the policeman and proceeds to eat him. Several scenes later, a group of four policemen is shown approaching the beast with rifles. The officer who had just moments before served as "lunch" for the beast is clearly one of the four officers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Opening Narrator: This is Operation Experiment, a secret base far north of the Arctic Circle. Experiment was the codename for a top priority scientific expedition. These men arrived here on X-day minus 60. It has taken them the full two months to get ready. Today is X-day.
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Alternate Versions

The original 1953 version cuts the shot where the cop is swallowed whole. This shot is restored in the video version of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Real History of Science Fiction: Invasion (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Take Your Love From Me
(uncredited)
Written by Henry Nemo
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Forget about Jurassic Park...
6 August 2003 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

To hell with over-budgeted movies like Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Reign of Fire and God knows which others...Sure you can watch those with your mouth wide wide open wondering what great computer specialists are behind this but...where's the LOVE ??? If you're looking for charming monster films, turn back your clock towards the 50's. Without a doubt the greatest decade for movies like this. Tons of movies like this one were made back then but every single title was made with a lot of love. Them! , the Swarm and the Giant Spider Invasion are probably the best known ones. The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms handles about a ... dinosaur !!! A rethosaurus, aged one million years, comes to live again. It got frozen during the change of the eras and now, because of the enormous heat of a nuclear experiment, it's back . The creature ( about as big as a skyscraper ) goes directly into the ocean. He attacks a few boats and the people who claimed to have seen him are called crazy in the beginning...( can you blame them ? ). But, when our dinosaur sets foot in New York, the city faces the biggest terror it ever saw. The Beast is definitely not the best monster movie coming from the 50's, but still. If you admire the older days of cinema more as well, you'll love it a hell of a lot more than then nowadays stuff. The creature is well made, but it shouldn't move too much. The fight shown between the shark and the octopus is really impressive, that must be said. The ants in Them! were a lot more real, but hey, this fella is ten times as big. Lovely B-movie fun


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