The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

1953

Eugene Lourie
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Atom bomb test in Arctic awakens an ancient Rhedosaurus. Naturally being grumpy after his long nap, he takes his anger out on the eastern seaboard.

The grandpappy of all giant lizard flicks, and a pretty good one at that. Buoyed immeasurably by Kellaway's likable and unlucky paleontologist, and of course Ray Harryhausen's wonderful effects. The ending is a bit absurd, but Lee Van Cleef's bad-assery sells it. This is also the film with either the bravest or stupidist cop in all cinema, who, seeing the monster marauding his way through the Financial District, unloads his six-shot revolver at it before promptly being eaten. You see the same actor shortly after, only now with a rifle, so maybe the Rhedosaurus spat him out.

Note: The cast list given in most sources is missing some roles and confused on who played others. Supposedly "authoritative" sources like the American Film Insitute don't help. From the AFI film summary: "The character of the surviving seaman portrayed by Jack Pennick, who was listed as "Jacob" in the NYT and Variety reviews, was called "George LeMay" in the film." Do the people who work for the AFI even the watch movies that are their reason for existence? Arggghhh!

-Dave W.

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13th June 1953
Cinema



80 mins
1.37:1

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Paul Hubschmid
Professor Tom Nesbitt
(as Paul Christian)
Paula Raymond
Lee Hunter
Cecil Kellaway
Professor Thurgood Elson
Kenneth Tobey
Colonel Jack Evans
Donald Woods
Captain Phil Jackson USCG
Lee Van Cleef
Corporal Stone
Steve Brodie
Sergeant Loomis
Ross Elliott
George Ritchie
Jack Pennick
Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke
Sergeant Willistead
Paula Hill
Miss Ryan
(as Mary Hill)
Michael Fox
Emergency Room Doctor
Alvin Greenman
First Radar Operator
Frank Ferguson
Dr. Morton
King Donovan
Dr. Ingersoll
William Woodson
Voice: Opening Narrator
Voice: Radio Announcer
James Best
Charlie, Radar Operator
Unknown
Radio Operator
Unknown
Soldier at Arctic Base
Unknown
Army Doctor
Unknown
Master of Fishing Boat Fortune
Unknown
Nurse
Leo Mostovoy
Captain George LeMay
Unknown
Clive Thompson, Editor
Louise Colombet
Sister
Unknown
Young Lighthouse Keeper
Edward Clark
McDunn, Lighthouse Keeper
Unknown
Petty Officer in Jackson's Office
Bess Flowers
Ballet-Goer
Franklyn Farnum
Ballet-Goer
Unknown
Ballet Usher
Fred Aldrich
Mate on Diving Tender
Robert Easton
Deckhand
Unknown
Deckhand
Unknown
Wilson, Diving Bell Crewman
Unknown
Longshoreman
Joe Gray
Longshoreman
Unknown
Cop (Light Snack)
Gertrude Astor
Woman Seeing Cop Get Eaten
Lee Phelps
Cop on Call-Box
Unknown
Unfortunate Man in Car
Unknown
Cop with Rifle
Kenner G. Kemp
Cop with Rifle
Gil Perkins
Blind Man / Stunts
Unknown
Hospital Attendant
Hugh Prosser
Emergency Room Doctor
Unknown
Sam, Hospital Attendant
Unknown
Corporal Manning 20mm Gun
Unknown
Soldier Who Finds Blood Patch
Unknown
Sergeant Wintoni
Unknown
Soldier on Walkie-Talkie
Unknown
Army Captain
Roy Engel
Harbor Defense Major
Unknown
Soldier in Harbor Defense Post
Unknown
Soldier in Harbor Defense Post
Unknown
Soldier in Harbor Defense Post
Unknown
Deliveryman
Don Gordon
Soldier
Anne Kunde
Woman at Window
Jimmy Lloyd
Soldier
Jimmy Lloyd
Woman at Window
Vivian Mason
Miss Ryan (???)
Steve Mitchell
Police Officer
Lawrence Montaigne
Soldier
Mark Sheeler
Fleeing Crowd
Merv Griffin
Bespectacled Man / Announcer in Trailer
Vera Miles
Woman in Trailer
Paul Picerni
Man in Trailer

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