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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

While the creatures are supposed to be - and have the shells of - giant snails, their bodies have the segmentation, legs, eyes and mouth-parts of insect larvae. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Clark Dobbs: [pulling papers out of a small brief case to show Lt. Cmdr. Twill] I was looking for these papers! Well actually! I was looking for this petition! We're campaigning again for Proposition-14A! You know the one that was defeated!
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Connections

Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

User Reviews

 
Very very well made monster film
4 September 2002 | by StooovieSee all my reviews

A classic of its genre, this well-paced and tightly-scripted movie actually gave me a few shocks, which is not common with 50s monster cinema when viewed nowadays. It has good production values and above-average acting. Recommended for any fan of the genre. 7/10


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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