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The Giant Claw (1957)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

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Complete credited cast:
... Mitch MacAfee
... Sally Caldwell
... Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
Louis Merrill ... Pierre Broussard (as Louis D. Merrill)
... Dr. Karol Noymann
... Gen. Van Buskirk
Frank Griffin ... Pete - Pilot (as Ruell Shayne)
... Maj. Bergen
... Lieutenant, Radar Officer
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When electronics engineer Mitch MacAfee spots a UFO as "big as a battleship," from his plane, the Air Force scrambles planes to investigate. However, nothing shows up on radar, and one of the jets is lost during the action. MacAfee is regarded as a dangerous crackpot until other incidents and disappearances convince the authorities that the threat is real. Some believe it is a French-Canadian folk legend come to life, but it turns out to be an extraterrestrial giant bird composed of anti-matter whose disregard for human life and architecture threatens the world. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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The Mark of the Claw  »

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In 1957, Columbia Pictures theatrically distributed this film on a double bill with The Night the World Exploded (1957). See more »

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When the characters are in the helicopter searching for the monster's nest, Mitch calls Pierre "Pepe" once though he gets the name right all the other times. See more »

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Narrator: Something, he didn't know what, but something as big as a battleship has just flown over and past him.
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You need to enjoy bad movies to like this movie
3 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is very poor in the standard sense. The plot is warped, the monster is goofy, the science is wrong and the actors are terribly, terribly melodramatic. However, these same things are also what make make the movie good to a bad movie connoisseur like myself. The monster is priceless - it is what makes this particular bad movie stand out over most others. BadMovies.org calls it "A Giant Antimatter Space Buzzard (hehe)" and Andrew is right on target. The serious treatment of the actors towards the ridiculous creature (which they didn't see until the movie was released) combined with the utmost in 1950's pseudo-scientific jargon make this move a classic! This movie is my personal favorite of all b movies. Truly a must-see for the discriminating bad movie goer.


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