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The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Sci-Fi, Western | 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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Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film has sometimes been claimed to be a remake of Willis O'Brien's pioneering 1919 stop-motion short "The Ghost of Slumber Mountain," but the two have nothing in common except that both end with a hero being chased by a flesh-eating dinosaur. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy yells at Sarita to run for the cliffs, he fires at the beast. Smoke comes from the barrel, but the gun makes no sound. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Ryan: Oh, I make it a rule never to be offended at a pretty girl.
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cowboy (Guy Madison) realizes his cattle disappear because a dinosaur eats them
17 March 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

When it came to dinosaur special effects in the 1950s, absolutely no one came close to Ray Harryhausen, and The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms still reigns as the classic of that time. Others who dared try and compete were lucky to come in a distant second, but that didn't mean there wasn't a fun quality to their films. The Beast From Hollow Mountain is one of those minor league yet highly enjoyable attempts to combine the two favorite elements of 12 to 15 year old boys when we went to the movies back in the mid-fifties: cowboys and dinosaurs. We knew Guy Madison well from his long run Wild Bill Hickock TV series, which had precious little to do with the real life of that historic character but was plenty of fun all the same. Here, he's a range rider who discovers that his cattle are disappearing. Could it be outlaws? No, the title creature, who attacks Madison, a cute little Mexican kid, the gorgeous Patricia Medina, and a whole host of vaqueros. There is (as was the case back then) precious little dinosaur footage, for the way they kept costs down back then was to 'tease' you with distant growls, but avoid showing you the real thing for as long as possible. After about an hour of this, you got maybe fifteen minutes of actual footage with the creature (who has the weirdest, wildest tongue of any dinosaur in movie history) chasing after Guy and friends with the swiftness of a professional track star. And it's a good thing they keep him offscreen, because he's at best semi-convincing when you do see him. That doesn't make this brightly colored film and less fun to watch. And the way in which Madison gets the thing at the end is a real lulu.


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