The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Directed by Eugène Lourié
Produced by Jack Dietz
Hal E. Chester
Screenplay by Fred Freiberger
Eugène Lourié
Louis Morheim
Robert Smith
Starring Paul Christian
Paula Raymond
Cecil Kellaway
Kenneth Tobey
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Jack Russell
Editing by Bernard W. Burton
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) June 13, 1953
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $210,000[1]
Money made $5,000,000

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 science fiction monster movie. It was released on June 13, 1953. It was distributed by Warner Bros.. It made over $5 million,[2] including $2.25 million in the United States in its first year.[3]

The movie was the first movie to show a monster being woken up or created by an explosion from an atomic bomb. Its success helped cause the creation of more monster movies in the 1950s such as Godzilla.

Plot[change | change source]

An atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle wakes up a sleeping dinosaur, the fictional Rhedosaurus. After being woken up, it destroys New York City before being killed at Coney Island.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Paul Christian as Professor Tom Nesbitt
  • Paula Raymond as Lee Hunter
  • Cecil Kellaway as Dr. Thurgood Elson
  • Kenneth Tobey as Colonel Jack Evans
  • Donald Woods as Captain Phil Jackson
  • Ross Elliott as George Ritchie
  • Steve Brodie as Sgt. Loomis
  • Jack Pennick as Jacob Bowman
  • Michael Fox as ER doctor
  • Lee Van Cleef as Corporal Jason Stone
  • Frank Ferguson as Dr. Morton
  • King Donovan as Dr. Ingersoll
  • James Best as Charlie, radar operator

References[change | change source]

  1. James Van Hise, Hot Bloodied Dinosaur Movies. Pioneer Books, 1993. Pg.102
  2. John JJ Johnson, Cheap Tricks and Class Acts: Special Effects, Makeup and stunts from the films of the Fantastic Fifties. McFarland & Company, 1995. Pg.61
  3. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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