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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

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Robert Gordon

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) (as Hal Smith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Tobey ... Cmdr. Pete Mathews
Faith Domergue ... Prof. Lesley Joyce
Donald Curtis ... Dr. John Carter
Ian Keith ... Adm. Burns
Dean Maddox Jr. Dean Maddox Jr. ... Adm. Norman
Chuck Griffiths Chuck Griffiths ... Lt. Griff, USN
Harry Lauter ... Deputy Bill Nash
Richard W. Peterson Richard W. Peterson ... Capt. Stacy
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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Taglines:

IT CRUSHES! KILLS! DESTROYS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster from Beneath the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The submarine scenes were shot in an actual submarine in Long Beach, California. See more »

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When the octopus's tentacles are waving behind and over one of the buildings near the Embarcadero, the tentacles cannot be seen through the building's open windows. See more »

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Narrator: 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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An excellent 50's monster movie
17 March 2004 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

It Came From Beneath The Sea was the first of many movies involving the partnership of producer Charles H Schneer and Ray Harryhausen.

A giant octopus makes its way to San Francisco and attacks several ships and submarines on the way. When there, it brings down the Golden Gate Bridge and destroys several other landmarks before being attacked by flame throwers to send it back into the sea, where is it blown to bits by a torpedo.

The stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen is excellent, despite the fact that the movie's low budget made the octopus have six tentacles instead of eight.

The cast is lead by 50's sci-fi regulars Kenneth Tobey (The Thing From Another World, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), Faith Domergue (This Island Earth) and Donald Curtis (Earth vs the Flying Saucers). A love triangle develops with these stars to keep the movie going.

I enjoyed this movie and is a must if you are a fan of 1950's sci-fi and Ray Harryhausen like me.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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