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The Cyclops (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 July 1957 (USA)
An expedition to Mexico finds and does battle with a mutated 25-foot man with one big eye.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writer:

Bert I. Gordon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Craig ... Russ Bradford
Gloria Talbott ... Susan Winter
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Martin 'Marty' Melville (as Lon Chaney)
Tom Drake ... Lee Brand
Duncan 'Dean' Parkin Duncan 'Dean' Parkin ... The Cyclops (Bruce Barton) (as Duncan Parkin)
Vicente Padula Vicente Padula ... The Governor (as Vincent Padula)
Marlene Kloss Marlene Kloss ... The Salesgirl
Manuel López Manuel López ... The Policeman (as Manuel Lopez)
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Storyline

Susan Winter undertakes an expedition to a remote area of Mexico, hoping to find her fiance, Bruce Barton, whos plane-crashed there some time ago. The area is suspected to have a good supply of uranium, so Susan has promoted this to wealthy Martin Melville to get money for her expenses. In addition to Melville, she is accompanied by guide Russ Bradford and pilot Lee Brand in his small-engine craft. But the plane crashes, stranding the four in an isolated valley, which they soon discover is highly radioactive and inhabited by mutated life forms - giant insects, enormous lizards, and a 25-foot-tall human male with a deformed face, just one eye, and only brute animal instincts to feed and protect its turf... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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DOUBLE HORROR BILL of ARCH FIENDS! (original ad - all caps; co-feature of "Daughter of Dr. Jekyll") See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cautivos del monstruo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

B&H Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released on a double-bill with Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957), also starring Gloria Talbott. See more »

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After landing, and Lon Chaney and the pilot are thinking about leaving the rest of the group by stealing the plane, Look closely, the planes wheels are still chocked with rocks. They could not have taken off. See more »

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Shrewdly Done Programmer
4 January 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Too bad the half-faced one-eyed guy is so hokey. The Cyclops head is grotesque but sticking it on top a normal man's body ruins much of the illusion. The matte shots creating the colossal effect are badly dated but then these were well before computerized effects. Seems our adventurous foursome have gone looking for Susan's true love who's disappeared on a plane flight into the Mexico wilds. Unfortunately for them, but good for us, radioactive uranium deposits saturate the search area. Thus, in typical 50's fashion, monsters are created out of ordinary critters. Actually the oversized lizards are pretty well done without the obvious matte marks that surround Cyclops. Then too, the small cast does a professional job, without mocking their parts--- something of a surprise for the often hammy Chaney Jr. Of course, I'll watch anything with cat-eyed Gloria Talbott, especially when she's in tight pants and top. The actress had a rather brief movie career, mainly in horror features of this type where her exotic features fit in perfectly. And, surprise, surprise, 50's audiences get yet one more look at Bronson Canyon, without which I doubt the monster genre would have happened. Still, the LA area locations are well framed, including The LA Arboretum used for jungle shots instead of the usual shaky studio sets. All in all, it's competent drive-in fare that's more shrewdly done than most.


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