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The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi | August 1956 (USA)
An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle are being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

Directors:

Edward Nassour, Ismael Rodríguez (as Ismael Rodriguez)

Writers:

Robert Hill (screenplay), Jack DeWitt (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Madison ... Jimmy Ryan
Patricia Medina ... Sarita
Carlos Rivas ... Felipe Sanchez - Jimmy's Partner
Mario Navarro Mario Navarro ... Panchito
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Pancho
Eduardo Noriega ... Enrique Rios
Julio Villarreal ... Don Pedro
Lupe Carriles ... Margarita
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An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle are being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of the Mists See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The beast was animated using two separate stop-motion animation methods. A two-foot-high armatured, rubber-covered model was moved, exposing a frame at a time. Also utilized was replacement animation, a technique that involved several different models of the same character made of plaster, each slightly different to represent a particular action. When filmed in sequence for a few frames per second, the illusion of motion is achieved. The breathing effect of the creature was accomplished by pumping air in small increments into a cavity of the throat of the two-foot-high model and then releasing it in the same manner. When seen on the screen the throat rises and falls creating the breathing effect. Two large rubber feet were filmed for the shots of the monster walking, which were worn as shoes by a technician. See more »

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The footage of the stampeding cattle is obviously sped up. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Ryan: Oh, I make it a rule never to be offended at a pretty girl.
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Precursor to The Valley of Gwangi
6 January 2005 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

This movie is scripted by Willis O'Brien ,who obviously thought so much of it ,that he used it again in 1969 for the superior The Valley of Gwangi It is a curiosity among movies, being a science fiction and Western hybrid .Mexican based rancher Jimmy -woodenly played by Guy Madison -believes that his dead cattle are the result of predators .He is thinking "Mountain lion " or "coyote " maybe .Wrong!Its a T-Rex and the pattern then follows the standard monster movie template -capture and escape ,rampage and eventually happy ever after resolution . The monster effects are okay for the era but completely overshadowed by the genius of Ray Harryhausen ,employed in the remake .Add somewhat muddy colour and you have a movie whose technical side is deficient by today's standards It still remains worth watching however if only for its being such a rare commodity in combining monster movie and Western


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