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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms ()


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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

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Prof. Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
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Lee Hunter
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Prof. Thurgood Elson
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Col. Jack Evans
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Capt. Phil Jackson
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Corp. Stone
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Sgt. Loomis
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George Ritchie
Jack Pennick ...
Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke ...
Sgt. Willistead
Paula Hill ...
Miss Ryan (as Mary Hill)
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ER Doctor
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First Radar Man
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Dr. Morton
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Dr. Ingersoll
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Radio Operator (uncredited)
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Screaming Woman (uncredited)
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Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)
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Lighthouse Keeper (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ...
Nun / Nurse (uncredited)
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Deckhand (uncredited)
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Maj. Evans (uncredited)
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Ballet-Goer (uncredited)
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Ballet-Goer (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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Longshoreman (uncredited)
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Trailer Commentator / Radio announcer in film (uncredited)
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Cop with Rifle (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ...
Woman at Window (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ...
Miss Ryan - Secretary (uncredited)
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Trailer Commentator (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ...
Captain George LeMay (uncredited)
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Blind Man (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Cop (uncredited)
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Trailer Commentator (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ...
Doctor (uncredited)
William Woodson ...
Opening Narrator / Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Eugène Lourié

Written by

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Lou Morheim ... (screenplay) and
Fred Freiberger ... (screenplay)
 
Ray Bradbury ... (story "The Fog Horn")
 
Daniel James ... () (uncredited)
 
Eugène Lourié ... () (uncredited)
 
Robert Smith ... () (uncredited)

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Bernard W. Burton ... co-producer
Hal E. Chester ... co-producer
Jack Dietz ... producer

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David Buttolph

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John L. Russell ... (as Jack Russell)

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Bernard W. Burton

Production Design by

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Eugène Lourié

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Edward G. Boyle

Makeup Department

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Louis Phillipi ... makeup artist

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Horace Hough ... assistant director

Art Department

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Hal Waller ... assistant art director

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George Groves ... sound
Max M. Hutchinson ... sound

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Willis Cook ... special effects
Ray Harryhausen ... animation effects
George Lofgren ... special effects
Eugène Lourié ... special effects

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Ray Harryhausen ... technical effects created by

Stunts

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Gil Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)

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Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf ... conductor (uncredited)

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Michael Fox ... dialogue director

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Monster from Beneath the Sea (United States)
  • Le monstre des temps perdus (France)
  • Dinosaurier in New York (Germany)
  • El monstruo de tiempos remotos (Spain)
  • El monstruo del mar (Mexico)
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  • 80 min
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Budget $210,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This was said to have been one of the inspirations for Tomoyuki Tanaka to go ahead and film Godzilla (1954). See more »
Goofs Nesbitt, trying to persuade Elson to consider his story, says that Galileo claimed the world is round. That was accepted in Galileo's time. His claim was that the earth moves around the sun. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Giant Claw (1957). See more »
Soundtracks Don't Take Your Love From Me See more »
Quotes Prof. Thurgood Elson: [in the diving bell, to view the monster] This is such a strange feeling, I feel as though I'm leaving a world of untold tomorrows for a world of countless yesterdays.
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