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Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror | December 1956 (USA)
Rock Dean and Dr. Andrea Romar travel up the Amazon River to find out why the plantation workers have left their work in panic, allegedly because of attacks from Curucu, a monster who is ... See full summary »

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Curt Siodmak

Writer:

Curt Siodmak
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Bromfield ... Rock Dean
Beverly Garland ... Dr. Andrea Romar
Tom Payne Tom Payne ... Tupanico
Harvey Chalk Harvey Chalk ... Father Flaviano
Larri Thomas ... Vivian - the dancer
Wilson Viana Wilson Viana ... Tico
Frank Bevan Frank Bevan
Sérgio de Oliveira Sérgio de Oliveira ... Captain of Police
Roberto Aurel Roberto Aurel
Andrea Bayard
Luz del Fuego Luz del Fuego ... Snake dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayres Campos Ayres Campos
Rosa María Rosa María
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Storyline

Rock Dean and Dr. Andrea Romar travel up the Amazon River to find out why the plantation workers have left their work in panic, allegedly because of attacks from Curucu, a monster who is said to live up the river where no white man has ever been before... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

THRILLS NEVER BEFORE SEEN ON THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curucu, die Bestie vom Amazonas See more »

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Budget:

$155,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jewel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Bromfield was married to the lounge dancer (Larri Thomas) at the time. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows a herd of Asian Water Buffalo in the Amazon Basin. The buffalo are not native to South America. They are from Southeast Asia and India. See more »

Quotes

Tupanico: A beast with claws like that of a giant bird.
Captain of Police: A crocodile, perhaps?
Tupanico: A crocodile is no bird.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mutants (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

National Anthem of Brazil
(uncredited)
Music by Francisco Manuel da Silva
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"There are six women for every man." .. "Men seem to be a rare species. I'd say it was the other way around."
30 July 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Only suave ladies man and eternal B-movie actor John Bromfield could get away with this role, that of plantation owner Rock Dean, who is investigating a series of attacks on workers along the Amazon River. Rock Dean isn't one to believe in legends (and with that name, you wouldn't either!), but it is said that a strange bird-like creature named Curucu lives near the river where no white man has ever tread. Along for the journey is a shapely female doctor in search of a drug that might be effective in shrinking cancerous tissue (it is currently in use by the resident headhunters, who need it to shrink something else!). Low-budget co-feature has some jungle adventure and humor, though it was misleadingly advertised by Universal as a horror movie. The credit "filmed entirely in Brazil" is also misleading, as a good portion of the running time is padded with wildlife and travelogue footage from stock. Fans of Bromfield and scream queen Beverly Garland might give this a pass. *1/2 from ****


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