Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) Poster

Russell Johnson: Hank Chapman



  • Hank Chapman : Well, you remember that first big H-bomb test - the one that blew Elugelab Island right out of the ocean?

    Seaman Ron Fellows : Well, who forgets that?

    Hank Chapman : A tremendous amount of the radioactive fallout came this way. A great seething, burning cloud of it sank into this area, blanketing the island with hot ashes and radioactive seawater. Dr. Weigand's group is here to study fallout effects at their worst. Dr. James Carson is a geologist. He'll try to learn what's happening to the soil. The botanist, Jules Deveroux, will examine all the plant life for radiation poisoning. Martha Hunter and Dale Brewer are biologists. He works on land animalism while she takes care of the seafood. Dr. Karl Weigand is a nuclear physicist. He'll collect their findings and relate them to the present theories on the effects of too much radiation.

  • Seaman Jack Sommers : But this is the second bunch of brains to come out here. What happened to the first?

    Hank Chapman : They were here, then a storm hit... and they were gone. That's all anybody knows.

    Seaman Jack Sommers : Doesn't anybody wonder?

    Hank Chapman : Everybody wonders! They just don't like to talk about it.

  • Dr. Karl Weigand : [reading McLane's journal aloud]  "Friday, March 12: This afternoon Professor Carter found a large piece of flesh having the same composition as that of the common earthworm, but measured twenty-four inches by eight. With this section as a measure, the worm-like creature would be more than five feet in length. Most intriguing is the tissue's consistency: it proved impossible to cut - knives passing through the flesh leaving no mark. Fire was applied to the tissue and the corollary result..." The journal ends there.

    Dale Drewer : Well, it's getting very late. Why don't we work out tomorrow's schedule and then get some sleep?

    Hank Chapman : But what about that five-foot nightcrawler? Well, excuse me for being so stupid... me and that book you're reading.

    Dale Drewer : We weren't laughing at you, Hank. It's just that McLane didn't really mean to imply that the flesh was from a big worm. He said, "From a worm-like creature."

    Martha Hunter : You know it might have been a sea worm. They've been know to grow much longer than five feet.

    Hank Chapman : Well, excuse me for shooting my mouth off, but the journal didn't say anything about the sea - just talked about worms.

  • Hank Chapman : What does it mean, Doctor?

    Dr. Karl Weigand : He is dead.

    Dale Drewer : But he spoke, Carl.

    Hank Chapman : Is this supposed to be a ghost story?

    Dr. Karl Weigand : No. No, I do not believe in ghosts. We are dealing with a man who is dead, but whose voice and memory live. How this can be I do not know, but its implications are far more terrible than any ghost could ever be.

  • [Hank tries to contact the U.S. Navy using a jury-rigged wireless telegraph set] 

    Dale Drewer : You getting through, Hank?

    Hank Chapman : How should I know? I'm not on the other end of this thing!

    Martha Hunter : Oh, Hank, you must get through.

    Hank Chapman : I know it. It's gone dead

    The Crab : [laughing, with Karl's voice]  I'm afraid that won't help you, Hank. By the time ships and planes can arrive, this island will have vanished beneath the waves of the sea.

    The Crab : [with Jules' voice]  But you will not drown. You will be a part of me.

    The Crab : [with Karl's voice again]  And as with McLane, there will be no evidence of how you vanished, or of my existence. We will rest in the caves and plan our assault upon the world of men!

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