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The Colossus of New York (1958)

Unrated | | Horror , Sci-Fi | June 1958 (USA)
A brilliant surgeon encases his dead son's brain in a large robot body, with unintended results...

Director:

Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie)

Writers:

Thelma Schnee (screenplay), Willis Goldbeck (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Baragrey ... Dr. Henry Spensser
Mala Powers ... Anne Spensser
Otto Kruger ... Dr. William Spensser
Robert Hutton ... Dr. John Robert Carrington
Ross Martin ... Dr. Jeremy 'Jerry' Spensser
Charles Herbert ... Billy Spensser
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Storyline

Jeremy Spensser, genius humanitarian, is killed in an accident just after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. His father William, a brilliant brain surgeon, works on the body in secret before burial; later revealing to his other son Henry that he has the brain on life support and hopes to encase it in a robot body! The resulting being is large, strong, and develops many strange powers. Initially it has Jeremy's gentle personality but this, too, begins to change, and a year later it decides to end its long seclusion... Unusual piano music score. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Towering above the skyline ~ an indestructible creature whose eyes rain death and destruction!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Koloss von New York See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film features an unusually restrained piano score by Van Cleave. This was not so much an artistic choice but brought about by a musicians' strike. See more »

Goofs

At 49.44 when the Monster picks up the girl; her right arm drops and her left arm is not visible because it's between her and the Monster. But at 49.10 her left arm is now laying across her body . See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits text rises out of New York harbor, as its reflection on the water sinks to the bottom of the screen. See more »

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Stop bashing this film...if you weren't 'there'....
15 June 2012 | by arisdiscSee all my reviews

Along with a few others, I too, must chime in with my 'thumbs up' opinion of this lost classic. I was fortunate to see nearly ALL of the horror/sci-fi 'Classics' in theaters during the 50's binge..when there was a new double feature nearly every other week.

This one, stands quite a bit above all the others. The creep factor is high and it has some truly haunting moments. The piano score just adds to the muted terror. Cheap? Yep. But I think that adds to the atmosphere.

Sure, I was a 'kid' when I saw all of these back then, but only a handful of these films were 'great'. 'Colossus' is hands-down one of the best of that era. If you watch it in the proper context, I'm sure you will agree.


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