The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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Nuclear physicist Paul Nesbitt sees what he believes to be a giant monster after an atomic bomb test in the arctic. The only other witness is killed when he is covered by ice. When Nesbitt returns to the States he tries to convince the world that he did see the monster. He even tries to convince paleontologist Thurgood Ellison. The only person who will believe him is Ellison's assistant, Lee Hunter. Ellison is finally convinced when Nesbitt and a survivor of a ship that was attacked by the monster both identify the monster as a rhedosaurus. Eventually the monster makes its way to New york where it kills several people - and not only by devouring them or crushing them with its sheer weight. The beast also is the carrier of a deadly virulent disease.
It's alive !
Also Known As:
Monster from Beneath the Sea
Title: Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The
Release Date: June 13, 1953
Runtime: 80 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi, Horror
Colors: Black and White, Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: Approved
Paul Hubschmid ...Professor Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
Paula Raymond ...Lee Hunter
Cecil Kellaway ...Prof. Thurgood Elson
Kenneth Tobey ...Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods ...Capt. Phil Jackson
Lee Van Cleef ...Cpl. Stone
Steve Brodie ...Sgt. Loomis
Ross Elliott ...George Ritchie
Jack Pennick ...Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke ...Sgt. Willistead
Paula Hill ...Miss Nelson (as Mary Hill)
Michael Fox ...ER Doctor
Alvin Greenman ...1st Radar Man
Frank Ferguson ...Dr. Morton
King Donovan ...Dr. Ingersoll
Vera Miles ...Announcer in trailer (scenes deleted)
Paul Picerni ...Announcer in trailer (scenes deleted)
Fred Aldrich ...Radio Operator
James Best ...Charlie - Radar man
Edward Clark ...Lighthouse Keeper
Louise Colombet ...Nun / Nurse
Robert Easton ...Deckhand
Roy Engel ...Maj. Evans
Franklyn Farnum ...Ballet-Goer
Bess Flowers ...Ballet-Goer
Joe Gray ...Longshoreman
Merv Griffin ...Radio Announcer (voice)
Kenner G. Kemp ...Cop with Rifle
Vivian Mason ...Miss Ryan - Secretary
Lee Phelps ...Cop
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Bernard W. Burton
Hal E. Chester
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- It's alive !
- You'll see it tear a city apart!
- FANTASTIC SEA-GIANT CRUSHES CITY! (original ad
- all caps)
- Prehistoric sea-giant rages against city!
- They couldn't believe their eyes! They couldn't escape the terror! And neither will you!
- Cast of thousands! Over a year in the making!
- The seas master beast of the ages- raging up from the bottom of time
- A Thrill-Story Beyond All Imagining !
- Prof. Thurgood Elson: [in the diving bell, to view the monster] This is such a strange feeling, I feel as though I'm leaving a world of untold tomorrows for a world of countless yesterdays.
Radio Operator: New York is like a city besieged.A state of emergency has been delcared... and the entire police force put on 24-hour duty. Civilian defense is fully mobolized... and shelters have been opened in an effort to stop the mounting hysteria. All traffic has been halted. And Times Square, the heart of New York, has stopped beating. The National Guard has been called out, fully armed. to repell the invader.This is full-scale war against a terrible enemy... such as mondern man has never before faced. Ordinary bullets have no effect... and a method of destroying the awesome creature... has not yet been formulated. But the battle field has been cleared. Herald Sqaure. 34th Street. Broadway. Every section of the city is guarded. No one knows where the monster will stike next. It was last seen on Wall Street, close to where it came ashore. But lower Manhattan has become no man's land... where the beast, at present, lies hidden. The National Guard is barricading the entire area... in an effort to confie the death and destruction... of what is already the worst disaster in New York's history.
Professor Tom Nesbitt: The world's been here for millions of years. Man's been walking upright for a comparatively shoret time. Mentally we're still crawling.
George Ritchie: [referring to the A-bomb test] You know every time one of those things goes off, I feel as if I was helping to write the first chapter of a new Genesis. Professor Tom Nesbitt: Let's hope we don't find ourselves writing the last chapter of the old one.
Cpl. Stone: Colonel says you need a dead shot, mister. Professor Tom Nesbitt: Yes. Ever use a grenade rifle? Cpl. Stone: Pick my teeth with it.
- Vera Miles and 'Paul Picerni (I)' appear in the trailer for this film, but not in the film itself.
While visiting his friend Ray Harryhausen on the set, Ray Bradbury was given a copy of the script (which was going under the working title "Monster From the Sea") and was asked if he could possibly do some rewriting on it. After reading the script, Bradbury remarked about a scene in the story (which featured the monster destroying a lighthouse) that seemed very similar to a short story that he had published in "The Saturday Evening Post" several years earlier called "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms". Bradbury's story was about a dinosaur that destroys a lighthouse. The next day Bradbury received a telegram offering to buy the film rights to the story. After the sale, the films title was changed to "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms". Years later when Bradbury had his story reprinted he changed the title to "The Fog Horn".
The dinosaur skeleton in the museum sequence is artificial. It was obtained from storage at RKO where it had been constructed for Bringing Up Baby (1938).
The "Coney Island Amusement Park" in the film is actually The Long Beach Amusement Park in Long Beach, California. The production was able to film at the park from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The film is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury.
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