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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 May 1958 (USA)
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When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director:

Nathan Juran (as Nathan Hertz)

Writer:

Mark Hanna
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Allison Hayes ... Nancy Fowler Archer
William Hudson ... Harry Archer
Yvette Vickers ... Honey Parker
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Dr. Isaac Cushing
George Douglas George Douglas ... Sheriff Dubbitt
Ken Terrell ... Jess Stout
Otto Waldis ... Dr. Heinrich Von Loeb
Eileen Stevens Eileen Stevens ... Nurse (as Eileene Stevens)
Michael Ross ... Tony the Bartender / Space Giant (as Mike Ross)
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Deputy Charlie
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Storyline

Nancy Archer is a rich socialite who is unhappily married to husband Harry who left her once but came back to her when he needed money. It hasn't stopped him from continuing his affair with Honey Parker and Nancy knows it. After a confrontation at a local bar, Nancy takes off in her car and has an encounter with a large sphere on the road. There have been rumors of UFOs in the area but no one will believe her. After a second encounter, Nancy grows to an amazing size. More than enough to get her revenge. Written by garykmcd

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See a female colossus... her mountainous torso, skyscraper limbs, giant desires! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman See more »

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Budget:

$88,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several years after this film was made, the Woolner Brothers planned to do a bigger-budget sequel that would be shot in CinemaScope and color. A final script was written and printed, but the film never went into production. See more »

Goofs

~ 40 minutes in, Harry is filling a large (~30 CC) syringe in an attempt to kill his wife but after, he & the nurse are shocked to see she has become a giant, he is only holding a small (~ 1 CC) syringe. See more »

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Alternate Versions

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Haaaarrrrryyy!
19 January 2007 | by char treuseSee all my reviews

"Haaaarrrryyy!"

The amplified, dispassionate female voice could have been Leona Helmseley in heat but, no, it belongs to Allison Hayes as Nancy Archer, the 50-Foot Woman of the title. In the most infamous role of her film career, Allison's performance literally rips off the roof. In fact, make that a couple of roofs.

Jaw-droppingly tacky, "Aot50FW" is the tale of Nancy, a neurotic, boozy heiress and her loveless Lothario husband, Harry (William Hudson, who also co-starred opposite The Amazing Colossal Man). Nancy has a close encounter of the third kind, in the desert, with a bald giant from outer space who wears a mini-skirt and gladiator sandals, and who has a thing for Nancy's jewelry. What he does to her once he's carried her off is probably best left a mystery, but soon Nancy starts to grow.

Treading into the center of town on tranquilizers, tightly wrapped in nothing but the bed sheets, the buxom giantess heads toward the low-rent saloon where Harry is having a few laughs with a floozy named Honey (Yvette Vickers). The confrontation turns ugly.

The Poverty Row f/x make the alien giant and Nancy appear to be transparent due to incompetently transposed images. You'll understand why director Nathan Juran changed his name to Nathan Hertz on the credits. Juran was no stranger to directing giant creatures, human and non, having also directed "The Deadly Mantis," "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jack, the Giant Killer" plus several episodes of TV's "World of Giants" and "Land of the Giants."

A lot of laughs for all the wrong reasons.


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