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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Koloss von New York See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It took stuntman Ed Wolff (who was 7 foot tall) 40 minutes to climb in and out of his Colossus costume so a special rack was built where he could rest whilst still in costume in between shots. See more »

Goofs

Scene minutes, 55.22 and 1.05.10, showing the Colossus walking through water and up stairs, is the same film footage used twice . 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 »

Connections

Featured in Monster! (1999) See more »

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The Colossus of New York (1958) **1/2
23 January 2013 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

An elderly doctor (Otto Kruger) transplants his genius son's brain inside the head of an over-sized robot after the young scientist is killed in an auto accident. The revitalized Colossus retains our sympathy but eventually grows somewhat mad and kills people by shooting them with rays from out of his eye fixtures. I must say that even though I don't typically get scared watching horror movies, the very first time I heard the robot's unhinged and desperately static-tinged voice as he's being given life, it sent absolute shivers of discomfort down my spine - I was terrified! I liked the look of the robot, and the unnatural way he's sometimes photographed jerkily lumbering along (which sometimes sloppily reflected the other characters' motions in the same scenes). Just really creepy. If they could have consistently managed to photograph the other people's reactionary movements at "normal pace" while the robot only was moving awkwardly, it would have been even more weirdly effective. The production values are very cheap, and there is only a modest piano soundtrack to accompany the activities, yet somehow it all works out effectively enough for this movie. Old man Otto Kruger was probably embarrassed to be acting in this, but I enjoyed him here just as I enjoyed his turn as a mad doc in THE JUNGLE CAPTIVE. This movie's also got unintentional chuckles, too (I was in hysterics at Kruger's silly looking-down expression at the United Nations of the film when his robot meets its fate). Fun low budgeted '50s Flick, now one of my favorites from the genre. **1/2 out of ****


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