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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.

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Nathan Juran (as Nathan Hertz)

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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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A titanic beauty spreads a macabre wave of horror! A terrifying masterpiece of shock and chills! 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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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Archer's car is a 1958 Chrysler Imperial convertible. The sheriff's car is a 1958 Plymouth. His station wagon is also a 1958 Plymouth. See more »

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When Nancy breaks through the window of Honey's room at the hotel, the sound of breaking glass is heard, but the windows clearly have no glass, just empty mullion grids. See more »

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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) ***
27 June 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Okay, this movie is not going to be amongst the Top Hundred listed on the American Film Institute's "greatest" list, but it's the perfect example of a so -called "bad" film that's still wildly entertaining and good fun. Of all the notorious 1950s cheese flicks, this one takes the cake and is not to be passed over, whether you love such offbeat craziness or even if you don't. A good time is guaranteed for all (whatever your cinematic tastes and values).

Nancy Archer (the curvy Allison Hayes) is a wealthy alcoholic housewife considered the town weirdo, and she cements that reputation one night when she cries that she's just seen a satellite in the sky that supposedly come down to Earth and then swears she's had an encounter with a king-sized bald-headed giant living inside. Her rotten-to-the-core and cheating husband Harry (the perfectly-cast William Hudson) spends all his nights at the local bar blatantly smooching with sexy floozy Honey Parker (Yvette Vickers), and the flirtatious pair would love to take all of Nancy's money and be rid of her. When he learns of his wife's nutty alien story, Harry figures it's the perfect chance to send her off to the booby hatch once and for all, but he gets more than he bargains for.

At only 65 minutes, this story moves comfortably quick and there's not an ounce of dead meat to be had. Considering the absurd storyline, director Nathan Hertz (Nathan Juran) manages to get some mileage out of it anyway. Some of the all-time very worst "special" effects are on display in this cult classic, and have to be seen to be believed (the over-sized gigantic feminine "hand" is an absolute laugh riot!). Even in this present day and age of "state of the art" CGI effects, there is something eternally entertaining and lovable about these low budgeted cardboard props and cheapo transparent blow-up renderings of the giants walking around the streets. This was a favorite on New York television in the early '70s, and no kid who grew up with it can ever forget it. Be a kid again, or be one for the first time, and give this a shot for a lark. *** out of ****


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