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The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 February 1953 (USA)
The Office of Scientific Investigation sends A-Men agents to investigate reports of unusual magnetic activity in various communities.

Directors:

Curt Siodmak, Herbert L. Strock (uncredited)

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screenplay), Ivan Tors (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Carlson ... Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
King Donovan ... Dr. Dan Forbes
Jean Byron ... Connie Stewart
Harry Ellerbe ... Dr. Allard
Leo Britt Leo Britt ... Dr. Benton
Leonard Mudie ... Howard Denker
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Simon
Michael Fox ... Dr. Serny
John Zaremba ... Chief Watson (as John Zarimba)
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... City Engineer
Watson Downs Watson Downs ... Mayor
Roy Engel ... Gen. Behan (as Roy Engle)
Frank Gerstle ... Col. Willis
John Vosper ... Capt. Dyer
John Dodsworth John Dodsworth ... Dr. Carthwright
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Storyline

Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field has magnetized every metal item in the store. Investigating further, they eventually trace the source of the magnetism to an airborn flight carrying scientist Howard Denker, now dying of radiation poisoning, who has carted on board with him a new radioactive element which he has bombarded with alpha particles for 200 hours. The element, dubbed 'serranium' grows geometrically by creating matter out of energy which it absorbs from metallic objects surrounding it. Stewart calculates that if the substance is not destroyed soon that within 24 hours or so it will have grown large enough to throw Earth out of its orbit. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

Monstrous Frankenstein Terrorizes Earth! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The jet fighter shown as transporting the "magnetic monster" was a Lockheed "Shooting Star" T-33 two-seat pilot training aircraft. See more »

Goofs

The Canadian scientists describe how cold it is in the bottom of the mine shaft. Mines get warmer the deeper they go. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jeffrey Stewart: Denker was right - in nuclear research, there is no place for lone wolves.
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Connections

Edited from Gold (1934) See more »

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great movie just don't expect to 'see' any monster
22 January 2001 | by colin-69See all my reviews

this film will appeal to the sci-fi buff that enjoys the type of movies with scientific and electronic equipment and the hunt for a radioactive isotope on the loose. well produced, well acted and good script! AND a good ending.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A-Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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