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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Horror | July 1955 (USA)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

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Robert Gordon

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George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) (as Hal Smith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Tobey ... Cmdr. Pete Mathews
Faith Domergue ... Prof. Lesley Joyce
Donald Curtis ... Dr. John Carter
Ian Keith ... Adm. Burns
Dean Maddox Jr. Dean Maddox Jr. ... Adm. Norman
Chuck Griffiths Chuck Griffiths ... Lt. Griff, USN
Harry Lauter ... Deputy Bill Nash
Richard W. Peterson Richard W. Peterson ... Capt. Stacy
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Storyline

After an encounter at sea with an unknown underwater creature, a naval commander works with two scientists to identify it. The creature they are dealing with is a giant, radioactive octopus that has left its normal feeding grounds in search of new sources of replenishment. As the creature attacks San Francisco, the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge but it manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

IT CRUSHES! KILLS! DESTROYS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster from Beneath the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Consider the title logically. The bottom of the sea is the seabed - stone and dirt. If something came from "beneath" the sea, it would have to originate below the seabed. See more »

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When the helicopter carrying Carter lands, he gets into a police car, which drives off with the Golden Gate Bridge in full view in the background. This is right after the octopus has begun pulling itself up on the bridge's south tower, yet in the shot the octopus is plainly not on the bridge. Soon after, Carter drives that same police car out onto the bridge, but when he arrives in mid-span, the car is a different make, model and year, matching the (miniature) police car subsequently crushed by the octopus's tentacle. See more »

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Narrator: From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine. Her engines were to be a miracle of speed and power, her sides strong enough to withstand any blow, her armament and fire power of greater force than the worst enemy she might encounter. The ...
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The opening credits rise up out of the ocean waves. See more »

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Originally, just before Matthews met Joyce and Carter, there was a freeze frame of him walking in the parking lot. Recent DVD releases smooth this out by adding a flash of sunlight at the appropriate moment. See more »

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22 March 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

This is not a creature you'll rub elbows with at Sea World, to say the least. Not after it's done a number on San Francisco and without a wrecking ball in sight. But then if Godzilla can take Tokyo, why not an octopus taking out an American city in big time stop-motion fashion. Okay, it's archaic special effects by today's digital standards, but cutting edge for its time and still a lot of movie fun.

Tobey's a fine underrated actor, perfect as a military type. And Domergue-- Howard Hughes' big squeeze— shows her dewy-eyed stuff as a "women are as good as men" feminist. Actually, it's Curtis, a man, who states that case for the "new woman", though Domergue's aggressive scientist makes a convincing case all by herself. Surprisingly for this type movie, the three share equal time on screen, and it's pretty clear director Gordon's instructions to them are to low-key it, which they do to good effect.

The first atomic submarine, the Nautilus, sailed in mid-1954 to a lot of public interest. No doubt, the producers here were well aware, and wove a crowd-pleasing story around the film version. Then too, mutant monsters had not yet taken over movie screens as they would a few years later. No doubt, the success of this film was parent to many of those creature offspring. Anyway, as these movies go, this is definitely one of the better ones in all departments, (though a couple of romantic scenes could have been easily economized).

In passing—I really like that last scene where our three musketeers get no recognition for their heroics. It's a nice ironic touch. And see if you agree—looks to me like they're about to "break character" at fade-out.


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