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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.

Director:

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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Out of primordial depths to destroy the world! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the Navy first uses depth charges on the octopus, the destroyer most prominently featured is DD-540, which is the USS Twining. Launched in 1943, the Twining won many battle stars for action in World War II and in Korea. She was sold to the Republic of China in 1971 and stricken in 1999. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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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One of the best giant octopus on the rampage films I've seen.
27 August 2002 | by Wilbur-10See all my reviews

Having already starred in 'The Thing from Another World' (1951) and 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms' (1953), Kenneth Tobey completed a memorable treble of classic Sci-Fi films with this offering.

Make no mistake, 'It Came from Beneath the Sea' is one of the classics of the genre and as such is above the mundane criticism about poor script, narrative, performances etc. We all know that these monster-flicks from the 50's and 60's had their shortcomings, but they were made to a formula for a target audience and in this respect there is little to fault and much to commend.

Here we have a giant octopus, disturbed from it's Pacific lair by atomic testing, heading for San Francisco in a foul mood. The Harryhausen effects are great, the narrative follows a course of some scientific logic and Faith Domergue, if a little too old, looks good enough in her tight blouse.

Director Robert Gordon did little else of note which is surprising - he did a good enough job here and whilst not up to the standard of '20 Million Miles to Earth' (1957), 'It Came from Beneath the Sea' is still superior for its type.

BEST SCENE - no contest; the octopus trashing the Golden Gate Bridge.


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