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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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Crawling up from the depths... to terrify and torture! See more »


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Trivia

The magazine and story told in this movie is real and true. When Dr. Jess Rodgers (Hans Conried) is explaining how it is possible that the Monsters came into existence suddenly in the Salton Sea, he shows a "Life Magazine" dated October 17, 1955. This magazine actually does have a article about fresh-water shrimp that suddenly appeared in a once dry Mojave desert lake. 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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Another Mutant Monster From the Deep!
14 January 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"The Monster That Challenged the World", in spite of its long winded title, is not a bad movie of its kind. The film was one of a series of "giant creature" movies popular in the fifties.

The monster of the title is a giant mollusk/snail type creature (that actually looks more like a caterpillar) that is awakened by an earthquake. It then sets about attacking people and laying eggs. Commander Tim Holt of the U.S. Naval Intelligence Service then sets about to destroy it. Assisting him are scientists Hans Conried (playing it straight for a change) and Casey Adams (aka Max Showalter) and sheriff Gordon Jones. Audrey Dalton is Holt's love interest. Veteran character actor Ralph Moody (a true what's his name?) plays one of the monster's victims.

Director Arthur Laven gives us a believable monster(s) for the 50s and builds the suspense by not showing it until well into the film. Some of the victims look like papier mache but all in all it makes for a pretty good monsters film with high production values on a modest budget.

Holt, who had left films when his excellent "B" western series ended in 1952, came out of retirement for this film, apparently as a favor to director Laven. After this, he made only one more film before forsaking Hollywood for good.


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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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Budget:

$254,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Gramercy Pictures (II) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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