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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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Trivia

The producers originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen for the bird. However, due to budgetary limitations they were forced to use a marionette. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Gen. Edward Considine orders a general air alert against "the claw", the film clips of the F-86 firing rockets at it, notice that one of the clips is reversed! The nose ID, "Air Force FU 85T" just a few moments later is reversed, reading "T68 ECROF RIA". See more »

Quotes

Sally: Will it work, Mitch?
Mitch MacAfee: I don't know. I honestly haven't the faintest, foggiest idea. It's one of those cockeyed concepts that you pull down out of Cloud Eight somewhere in sheer desperation.
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Featured in Electric Dreams (1984) See more »

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Lots of fun to watch if you aren't too serious about it.
4 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

A nice remembrance from childhood watching this one Saturday evening at my cousins place in Brooklyn. Probably a WOR channel 9 creature feature, but definitely one of the schlockiest of their stock. Still, what really sets these old 50s monster B and C flicks apart from today's low-rent stuff is the great seriousness of the characters and their delivery done with earnest. This style is standard fare from low-budget Corman through the cheapo AIP and Columbia stuff, and this is what makes these lesser efforts with poor quality effects rise to a level that makes them as enjoyable as the grade A Universal-International and 20th Century Fox sci-fi stuff.


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