A cowboy named Tuck Kirby seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public.
When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.
After an encounter at sea with an unknown underwater creature, a naval commander works with two scientists to identify it. The creature they are dealing with is a giant, radioactive octopus that has left its normal feeding grounds in search of new sources of replenishment. As the creature attacks San Francisco, the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge but it manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine.Written by
Some refer to the octopus as having tentacles. Actually, scientifically, the octopus has "arms." The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland has an octopus exhibit there. OBTW, the correct plural of "octopus" is "octopuses," not "octopi," although it has slipped into common usage. "Octopi" is a combination of Greek and Latin. Not done in Science. See more »
Cmdr. Mathews is talking to Prof. Joyce in the research lab while smoking a cigarette even though there is a "No Smoking" sign on the wall behind them. See more »
From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine. Her engines were to be a miracle of speed and power, her sides strong enough to withstand any blow, her armament and fire power of greater force than the worst enemy she might encounter. The ...
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Opening credits prologue: For centuries the mind of man has learned comparatively little of the mysteries in the heavens above - - or in the seas below. Since the coming of the atomic age, man's knowledge has so increased that any upheaval of nature would not be beyond his belief. See more »
Originally, just before Matthews met Joyce and Carter, there was a freeze frame of him walking in the parking lot. Recent DVD releases smooth this out by adding a flash of sunlight at the appropriate moment. See more »
"The next time I cruise in these waters I'm going to have torpedoes on board and warheads on 'em."
1950s sci-fi monster movie about a giant octopus attacking ships and submarines. The Navy doesn't like it one bit. Slow-going with the monster octopus not fully showing up until three-quarters into the picture. Far too much focus in the first half on the nauseating romantic drama involving Kenneth Tobey's sub commander and scientists Faith Domergue and Donald Curtis. There is some fun to be had with the clichéd characters and some of their corny lines ("When you're driving that atomic submarine of yours, do you have time for romance?"). All of the octopus scenes are fun and the last quarter of the movie is the most interesting, due to the stop-motion effects from the legendary Ray Harryhausen. I normally love movies like this and would rate it higher, but it's just so talky and the romance makes me want to puke.
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