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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1956 (USA)
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A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Directors:

Ishirô Honda (as Ishiro Honda), Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)

Writers:

Shigeru Kayama (original story), Takeo Murata (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin
Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Yamane
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Ogata
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Serizawa
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Hagiwara
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto ... Seiji
Toyoaki Suzuki Toyoaki Suzuki ... Shinkichi
Tadashi Okabe Tadashi Okabe ... Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa ... President of Company
Frank Iwanaga Frank Iwanaga ... Security Officer
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Storyline

When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla's fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay? Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Spawned in the ocean's depths... it stalks the earth! Belching fire that blasts mighty cities into oblivion! A gory Goliath that lives to kill ...kills to live! Diabolical Demon of Destruction... Mightiest Monster of them all - G O D Z I L L A ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

27 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla the Sea Beast See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original U.S. theatrical release) | (television) | (television) (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The working title for the American version before the "King of Monsters" was added was "Godzilla, the Sea Monster". See more »

Goofs

Godzilla definitely has a height issue. Early in the film the Japanese scientist says that Godzilla is 400 feet tall. Later, Raymond Burr states Godzilla is as tall as a 30 story building, which would put him closer to 300 feet. During Godzilla's 2nd attack on Tokyo, he is seen with 3 story buildings coming up to his knees, and 10 story buildings reaching his mid section, putting him at most at 200 feet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve Martin: [in voice over] This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is ...
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Crazy Credits

Many prints and videos have absolutely no credits, beyond the title at the start(with a clearly video-generated copyright notice below it) and a "The End" graphic at the close. As of 2006, Classic Media's release of the film in the Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters on DVD has the restored English credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Since being reacquired by Toho, all current U.S. prints now have the Transworld logo removed and replaced with black footage See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sanford and Son: Carol (1976) See more »

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Show Them Back to Back
16 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

Like many of the other Godzilla fans, this is the only version of the the Big-G's debut that I have seen. I have never had the pleasure of watching the original Japanese version, which is even more dark in nature than this Americanized version. I often wonder how much more of an impact the original version of this film would play and would it be treated in a more favorable light than this version. However, this is still a great film despite its flaws. Raymond Burr does a credible job as Steve Martin and he does his best to convey the horror of Godzilla's attack, even though his scenes were shot much later. However, I hope that one day someone will have the bright idea to show both the Americanized version and the original back to back to allow the audience to choose for themselves which one is better.


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