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The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 2 May 1961 (USA)
A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast.

Director:

Coleman Francis

Writer:

Coleman Francis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Mellor Douglas Mellor ... Hank Radcliffe
Barbara Francis Barbara Francis ... Lois Radcliffe
Bing Stafford Bing Stafford ... Jim Archer
Larry Aten Larry Aten ... Joe Dobson
Linda Bielema Linda Bielema ... Wife on Vacation
Ronald Francis Ronald Francis ... Randy Radcliffe
Alan Francis Alan Francis ... Art Radcliffe
Anthony Cardoza Anthony Cardoza ... KGB Driver / Helpful Neighbor (as Tony Cardoza)
Bob Labansat Bob Labansat ... Javorsky's Bodyguard
Jim Oliphant Jim Oliphant ... Husband on Vacation
John Morrison John Morrison ... KGB Passenger
Eric Tomlin Eric Tomlin ... Driver Run off Road
Jim Miles Jim Miles ... Javorsky's Driver
George Prince George Prince ... Man Who Reports Murder (as George Principe)
Conrad Brooks ... Man at Airfield
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Storyline

A defecting Russian scientist is transformed by an atomic test into a hulking monster (Tor Johnson, of course). Not much else except some people are killed, boys get lost, and a rabbit sniffs Tor's corpse. This film was used for Mystery Science Theater 3000. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Commies made him an atomic mutant!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl Madness See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$34,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Coleman Francis: [coffee as calming influence] The patrolmen relax by having coffee. See more »

Goofs

When the police officer on plane opens the window and starts shooting, neither the strap around his gun nor his hair blow in the wind that would be created by a plane moving at such a high speed. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Narrator: Joseph Javorski. Noted scientist.
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Some prints contain a pre-title sequence which shows a large man, dressed like Tor Johnson in the film, attacking a topless woman inside a house. The technical quality of this footage is far superior to the rest of the movie which seems to indicate that it was not part of the original production. The topless nudity would not have been permitted on U.S. screens at the time this movie was originally shot. See more »

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Useful as meditation device
13 June 2005 | by drmality-1See all my reviews

There is something very Zen-like about "Beast of Yucca Flats". The vast lingering views of the desert Southwest. The odd disconnected dialogue that sounds completely disembodied. The haiku like narration.

It is in the spirit of Coleman Francis' narration that I now give impressions of the film: A clock ticks. A beautiful girl. A hidden killer. The clock stops. There is no connection.

The vast desert. A plane lands. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist. Joseph Javorski, who looks like he could eat whole pigs, has the fate of the world in his briefcase. The Kremlin's best make him a target. The wheels of progress grind on.

A chase. Bullets. Murder. Flag on the Moon...how did it get there? A bomb. More progress. Touch a button, something happens. A scientist becomes a beast.

Figures in a landscape. Who knows how long we really have? Joe and Jim, desert patrolman. They guard freedom and democracy 24/7 in this landscape. A beast is on the loose. Joseph Javorski, once a noted scientist, now...nothing.

There is no progress in the desert. Yet its effects are everywhere. Man's progress. Quench the killer's thirst. A family stops for a rest. The beast appears. A terrible mistake. Policemen with quick guns and the minds of swine. An innocent man dies. Who cares? Two boys feed soda pop to thirsty pigs. It's progress, you know.

Confrontation. A fight that is not a fight. A gun with no bullets fires. Joseph Javorski, noted scientist, becomes rabbit food. The wheels of progress grind on. End.

The viewer's mind becomes nothing. What have we seen? Who believes in flying saucers? Coleman Francis. The name lingers on. The lonely cry of desert winds. I love the movies.


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