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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (13-Jun-1953)

Director: Eugene Lourie

Writers: Lou Morheim; Fred Freiberger

From short story: The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury

Music by: David Buttolph

Producers: Hal Chester; Jack Dietz

Keywords: Sci-Fi/Horror, Dinosaurs, Giant Monster, New York

Atomic testing awakens a frozen dinosaur creature, but it takes a while for scientists to be convinced. All doubt is removed when it ravages New York harbor. Outstanding stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. One of the best monster films of the 1950s, influencing all that came after.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Steve Brodie
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King Donovan
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Ross Elliott
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Frank Ferguson
25-Dec-1899 12-Sep-1978 Eli Carson on Peyton Place
Merv Griffin
Talk Show Host
6-Jul-1925 12-Aug-2007 The Merv Griffin Show and Jeopardy
Cecil Kellaway
22-Aug-1893 28-Feb-1973 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Paula Raymond
23-Nov-1924 31-Dec-2003 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Kenneth Tobey
23-Mar-1917 22-Dec-2002 Chuck Martin on Whirlybirds
Lee Van Cleef
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Donald Woods
2-Dec-1906 5-Mar-1998 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms


Paul Christian   ...   Tom Nesbitt
Paula Raymond   ...   Lee Hunter
Cecil Kellaway   ...   Dr. Thurgood Elson
Kenneth Tobey   ...   Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods   ...   Capt. Phil Jackson
Lee Van Cleef   ...   Cpl. Stone
Steve Brodie   ...   Loomis
Ross Elliott   ...   George Ritchie
Jack Pennick   ...   Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke   ...   Willistead
Mary Hill   ...   Miss Fine
Michael Fox   ...   Physician
Alvin Greenman   ...   Radar Operator
Frank Ferguson   ...   Dr. Morton
King Donovan   ...   Dr. Ingersoll


Review by Hal Bennett (posted on 15-Dec-2007)

Since I haven't seen this movie is probably over forty years, I can only give you my impression of it. But I remember the impact it had on me and presumably upon others who saw it. As far as I am concerned, it was a much, much better movie than those other representative movies of the same genre, the Japanese Godzilla movies. "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," as I remember, emerges from deep beneath the North Pacific or North Atlantic Ocean, released from its age-old imprisonment, I believe, by an atomic explosion. It is seen first by mariners on the high seas, and winds up at a huge amusement park in the United States. The scene that remains with me is the monster, tail waving, silhouetted in front of the burning roller coaster in the background. I have always personally ranked this as a monster movie nearly as good as the original (1933) King Kong movie. There is something about "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" that zeroes in on the raw base fear we as humans probably have of the primeval dragon, as described by Carl Sagan in THE DRAGONS OF EDEN.

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