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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1956 (USA)
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A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Directors:

Ishirô Honda (as Ishiro Honda), Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)

Writers:

Shigeru Kayama (original story), Takeo Murata (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin
Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Yamane
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Ogata
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Serizawa
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Hagiwara
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto ... Seiji
Toyoaki Suzuki Toyoaki Suzuki ... Shinkichi
Tadashi Okabe Tadashi Okabe ... Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa ... President of Company
Frank Iwanaga Frank Iwanaga ... Security Officer
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Storyline

When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla's fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay? Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

INCREDIBLE, UNSTOPPABLE TITAN OF TERROR! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

27 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla the Sea Beast See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1956
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original U.S. theatrical release) | (television) | (television) (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fishing boat's distress call is received on a radio set labeled "500 kc/s " (kilocycles/second. ) This frequency, 500 kHz , was the Morse Code-based International Distress Frequency for most of the 20th century. It was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System in 1988. See more »

Goofs

When the single survivor washes up at Odo Island, the voiceover says that he is the ONLY survivor to still be alive when recovered, although an earlier scene shows survivors of earlier sinkings being recovered. They die just as conveniently quickly after being found, but one of them DOES talk to rescuers briefly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve Martin: [in voice over] This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is ...
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Crazy Credits

Many prints and videos have absolutely no credits, beyond the title at the start(with a clearly video-generated copyright notice below it) and a "The End" graphic at the close. As of 2006, Classic Media's release of the film in the Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters on DVD has the restored English credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene where Emiko is in Ogata's apartment as he is exiting the shower is deleted from the American version. This scene helps to establish the relationship between the two. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Pandemonium (1982) See more »

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Show Them Back to Back
16 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

Like many of the other Godzilla fans, this is the only version of the the Big-G's debut that I have seen. I have never had the pleasure of watching the original Japanese version, which is even more dark in nature than this Americanized version. I often wonder how much more of an impact the original version of this film would play and would it be treated in a more favorable light than this version. However, this is still a great film despite its flaws. Raymond Burr does a credible job as Steve Martin and he does his best to convey the horror of Godzilla's attack, even though his scenes were shot much later. However, I hope that one day someone will have the bright idea to show both the Americanized version and the original back to back to allow the audience to choose for themselves which one is better.


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