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The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Approved | | 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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Monstrous Frankenstein Terrorizes Earth! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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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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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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Trivia

The bomber that transported the scientists was a North American B-45 Tornado. See more »

Goofs

After an engine on flight 17 goes out and it is returning to the airport an exterior shot in the air and on the ground shows that it is an unpainted TWA Lockheed Constellation with all engines running. Next it is a painted white TWA Lockheed Constellation passing the control tower. The same aircraft is shown parked. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jeffrey Stewart: Hey, Nelly, you've got children, haven't you?
Nelly: A boy and a girl.
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart: Were you skinny in your 4th month?
Nelly: I was never skinny.
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Referenced in The Naked Monster (2005) See more »

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A great and underappreciated sci-fi '50s classic
20 March 2002 | by as10984See all my reviews

Odd premise about the discovery of an isotope which is magnetic in nature and ever expanding in consequence. It eats all energies in its ever expanding appetite. It is finally subdued by an ingenius solution. This remains on my short list of sci-fi films I'd like to see again but can't find.


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