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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.

Director:

Fred F. Sears
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Morrow ... Mitch MacAfee
Mara Corday ... Sally Caldwell
Morris Ankrum ... Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
Louis Merrill Louis Merrill ... Pierre Broussard (as Louis D. Merrill)
Edgar Barrier ... Dr. Karol Noymann
Robert Shayne ... Gen. Van Buskirk
Frank Griffin Frank Griffin ... Pete - Pilot (as Ruell Shayne)
Clark Howat ... Maj. Bergen
Morgan Jones ... Lieutenant, Radar Officer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mark of the Claw See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clover Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It has been reported that the marionette of the "Giant Claw" monster, made by a model-maker in Mexico City, cost producer Sam Katzman a mere $50. See more »

Goofs

When the giant bird attacks the squadron of planes sent to destroy it, the planes that it has in its mouth are delta wing whereas the fighters were of the standard wing design. See more »

Quotes

Sally: Something that seemingly destroyed four planes and just missed you the first time. Something like your flying battleship?
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Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Puppet!
5 August 2002 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

What a hoot!!!! This film tops them all......and the 50's had some real "winners" in the genre. And like all that went before and after, this will win your heart. Knowing that computer generated effects and advanced use of the blue screen were things yet to come, we usually have to bite the bullet and figure they did the best they could with what they had. BUT, in this case, they really hit bottom with the monster bird. It has to be the worst of all.....it's a damn wooden puppet on strings that bobs around like Big Bird on a binge......pretty pitiful. Jeff Morrow probably wanted to commit suicide or die of terminal embarrasment after seeing this film in its finished state. And the lovely Mara Corday, who was always stuck in the lower echelon of film making, had to count this as a low point in her career. She deserved better. And of course Morris Ankrum never learned....he just kept plugging away in "B" films and became on of the most famous faces seen in supporting roles. Now, after saying all those negative things, I can honestly say that I love this movie....it is so outrageous that you are just sucked in, forever becoming a fanatic of low budget, 50's horror/science fiction films. Yes, it is really bad, really bad.....but somehow you can't quit watching. Have fun with it!!!!!


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