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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | June 1957 (USA)
Giant mollusk monsters attack California.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

David Duncan (story), Pat Fielder (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger
Audrey Dalton ... Gail MacKenzie
Hans Conried ... Dr. Jess Rogers
Barbara Darrow ... Jody Simms
Max Showalter ... Dr. Tad Johns (as Casey Adams)
Harlan Warde ... Lt. Robert 'Clem' Clemens
Gordon Jones ... Sheriff Josh Peters
Mimi Gibson ... Sandy MacKenzie
Marjorie Stapp ... Connie Blake
Jody McCrea ... Seaman Fred Johnson
Wallace Earl Laven Wallace Earl Laven ... Sally (as Eileen Harley)
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Storyline

An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Distinctly chilling. So real that it is nearly incredible. (1993 MGM/UA VHS tape cover). See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jagged Edge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$254,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gramercy Pictures (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The majority of the underwater scenes were shot near Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. The close-ups were later filmed in a tank filled with water and plastic seaweed. See more »

Goofs

When LCdr Twillinger and Lt Clemmons are on board 242 and notice the slime on the gunwale, the bow line from their launch is tied to 242, yet no one was seen tying it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jess Rogers: We must remember that these creatures can travel over land, too.
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Connections

Featured in Piranha (1978) See more »

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On the A-list of B pictures
13 November 2001 | by StrnadSee all my reviews

Of course The Monster That Challenged the World is slowly paced. With a budget of about twenty dollars there's a lot of filler. But what little budget there is, is well used in creating a great animatronic monster.

The story is basic but well-structured and it works. I can watch this one over and over without wanting to throw things at the screen or yell at the characters for doing stupid things. My intelligence is more seriously insulted by modern horror films and their idiot protagonists than it ever is by The Monster That Challenged the World.

Among low-budget sci-fi flicks of the 1950s, The Monster That Challenged the World ranks near the top!

Jan Strnad (aka J. Knight)


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