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Monster on the Campus (1958)

The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writer:

David Duncan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Franz ... Prof. Donald Blake
Joanna Moore ... Madeline Howard
Judson Pratt ... Lt. Mike Stevens
Nancy Walters ... Sylvia Lockwood
Troy Donahue ... Jimmy Flanders
Phil Harvey ... Sgt. Powell
Helen Westcott ... Nurse Molly Riordan
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Prof. Gilbert Howard
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Oliver Cole
Ross Elliott ... Sgt. Eddie Daniels
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Storyline

A college professor acquires a newly discovered specimen of a prehistoric fish. While examining the find he is accidentally exposed to it's blood, turning him into a murderous Neanderthal. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster in the Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the movie, Professor Howard comments that Donald's calls to Madagascar - $5 a minute at 76 minutes - is a month's salary. That means he was making approximately $380 a month or $4560 a year. In 2018 dollars, that means he was making $3281 a month or an annual salary of $39,275 . See more »

Goofs

When the scientist's wife enters the house and discovered the house was a mess, she walks into a darkened room. When she turns the light switch on, there's an overturned lamp with a burning light bulb. See more »

Quotes

Professor Donald Blake: Jimmy, did you know your dog is a throwback?
Jimmy Flanders: Throwback? He's a German Shepherd.
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Crazy Credits

The one-sheet poster lists "The Beast" as the sixth cast member. See more »

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Just plain bad science. Otherwise a fun film.
5 March 2007 | by randysch1See all my reviews

A previous commentator writes that: "The story is totally ludicrous and a feeble, shameless attempt to promote evolution. Only a leftist loony would believe this stuff."

Just to set the record straight, the concept of "evolution" promoted by the film is a gross distortion of actual evolutionary theory, suggesting as it does that evolution involves some sort of mystical forces and that certain so-called "living fossils" contain some sort of substance which somehow counteracts these forces. None of this actually makes in any sense, however, in terms of the actual science.

To sum up, evolutionary theory is perfectly valid science, and there's nothing particularly shameful about promoting it as science, contrary to what the above poster might think. OTOH, the movie's conception of what evolution actually means is just plain silly.


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