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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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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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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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Trivia

Screenwriter Samuel Newman re-used the character name "Dr. Karol Noyman" (here played by Edgar Barrier) for an entirely different character played by John Carradine in Invisible Invaders (1959). See more »

Goofs

Just before the CAB plane is attacked (0:27), the narrator gives the time as "oh-eighteen-fifteen" which is meaningless in military time. A moment later, he gives the time in the correct terminology, "oh-eight-sixteen (0816)." See more »

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Narrator: Once more a frantic pilot radios in a report on a UFO. A bird. A bird as big as a battleship!
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I haven't thought of this movie in years
17 October 2007 | by dmorgan-31See all my reviews

I saw "The Giant Claw" several times on the Saturday afternoon creature feature in the late 60s and 70s. I LOVED IT!

This was before I started actually reading science fiction, and my friends and me really liked the science fiction movies that were being shown on the TV when you had about five channels. This movie ranks up there with "The Deadly Mantis" (giant praying mantis), "Them" (the giant ants), and "Tarantula" (the giant tarantula, of course). Being a kid growing up during the height of the space race, science fiction was always an "almost anything goes" genre to occupy a lazy afternoon. This movie is easily competitive with the Japanese monster movies, and I think that the creation of movies like this peaked out at "The Green Slime" (1968).

All you have to do is turn off your brain and throw out your "willing suspension of disbelief." It's just a plain old fun movie, good for everyone to watch on a rainy day. And if it would ever be shown again, I can watch it with popcorn AND a beer.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mark of the Claw See more »

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