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Dinosaurus! (1960)

Unrated | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 10 August 1960 (USA)
After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population. Freed from his watery tomb, as well, is a very friendly Neanderthal ... See full summary »


Jack H. Harris (original idea), Dan E. Weisburd (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Ward Ramsey ... Bart Thompson
Paul Lukather ... Chuck
Kristina Hanson Kristina Hanson ... Betty Piper
Alan Roberts Alan Roberts ... Julio
Fred Engelberg Fred Engelberg ... Mike Hacker
Wayne C. Treadway Wayne C. Treadway ... Dumpy (as Wayne Treadway)
Lucita Blain Lucita Blain ... Chica (as Luci Blain)
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Mousey
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Jasper
James Logan James Logan ... T.J. O'Leary
Wilhelm Samuel Wilhelm Samuel ... Townsman
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... The Neanderthal


After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population. Freed from his watery tomb, as well, is a very friendly Neanderthal man who proceeds to befriend a local orphan boy. The boy, Neanderthal and irritated dinosaur make for an interesting dramatic climax. Written by Chris Sales <csales@csun.edu>

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SEE...the battle between primeval beast and monster machine! The taming of a giant sixty-ton Brontosaurus by a small boy! See more »


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Did You Know?


Marcel Delgado was given less than half the time originally agreed upon to create the dinosaur models used in the film. The studio initially agreed to give him five to six weeks, as he requested, but two weeks later he was told that they would begin production on Tuesday. See more »


When the caveman hears the ham radio screech and starts to swing his ax at it, there is no drill on the table left of the radio. When the ax actually hits the radio, the drill magically appears. See more »


Bart Thompson: Well now we got a monster in here too. You better learn how to start knocking real quick, Hector.
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Suspenseful and exciting science fiction film
3 January 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

How well I remember this film Dinosaurus from seeing it in the theaters way back when I was 13 years old. I liked the special effects in creating the two dinosaurs and the climax is a very exciting one still. Of course now I can spot some of the ludicrousness of the story.

The location is a small Caribbean Island where a group of construction workers are dredging a harbor to make it a deep water port. Their dynamiting has unleashed a cold underground river and two dinosaurs, a tyrannosaurus and a brontosaurus are released from being cryogenically frozen for a million years or so. As is true in a flock of other science fiction films they thaw out and lightning strikes them and they come alive like Frankenstein's monster.

Of course they're kind of hungry and the brontosaurus has a nice tropical rain forest to feast on. But T-Rex is a flesh eater and there's lots of people flesh around as well.

Unknown to everyone else a caveman also was washed ashore and he thawed out as well. He was found by Fred Engelberg who has to be one of the stupidest villains ever on record. In the absence of the governor he's in charge. I'm assuming the island is an American possession, the rest of the natives have Spanish accents both white and black, but Engelberg for reasons I can't figure out has a French accent. He wants his caveman to make a profit off of and even with a raging T-Rex around he's going to capture that caveman. As the natives of the island would say, Que Pendejo.

The climax involves the lead actor and construction boss Ward Ramsey dueling with Tyrannosaurus using a steam shovel as a weapon. That has stuck with me since childhood and it's very excitingly staged.

Dinosaurus is still a suspenseful and exciting science fiction film to watch with its no name cast and nice special effects for their time.

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Release Date:

10 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinosaurus! See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fairview Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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