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The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Behemoth the Sea Monster (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 March 1959 (USA)
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur that threatens London.

Directors:

Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie)

Writers:

Robert Abel (story), Allen Adler (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ... Steve Karnes
André Morell ... Prof. James Bickford (as Andre Morell)
Leigh Madison ... Jean Trevethan
John Turner ... John
Jack MacGowran ... Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist (as Jack McGowran)
Maurice Kaufmann ... Mini Submarine Officer
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Tom Trevethan (as Henry Vidon)
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Storyline

The dumping of radioactive waste in the ocean disturbs a prehistoric monster than can project electric shocks and radioactive beams. After terrorizing the English coast, it is discovered that if the creature is destroyed with conventional weaponry it would spread a dangerous amount radioactive contamination over the entire country, with this fact preventing the military from attacking the monster as it nears London. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant Behemoth See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren. See more »

Goofs

When Karnes puts up the X-ray of the irradiated fish, the photo lab technician is behind him, over his left shoulder. When the angle changes to show Karnes looking directly at the X-ray, the lab technician is in front of him, holding up the X-ray. When the scene cuts back to the original angle, the lab tech is behind Karnes again and then moves in front of him to get a closer look at the X-ray. It appears that the scenes are out of order. See more »

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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist: Oh, it's heading for the Thames. They always made for the freshwater rivers to die. That's where their skeletons have been found - some irrestible instinct to die in the shallows that gave them birth. You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. See, no form of life ceases abruptly, and all those...
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The writing credits for this film are locked by the WGA. However, the opening credits should read: Story: Robert Abel and Allan Adler (both uncredited) Screen Play: Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie) Order #1,1,1 See more »

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Britain's Godzilla - or at least, one of them
22 January 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

BEHEMOTH THE SEA MONSTER is a British version of the classic GODZILLA story, although it's more closely linked to THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS with whom it shares a director in the Russian-born Frenchman, Eugene Lourie. A youthful Douglas Hickox (THEATRE OF BLOOD) is also credited as co-director in British prints.

I always find British monster movies to be a lot of fun and this one is no exception; the cast is full of decent, stiff upper lipped types who instantly band together to tackle whatever great menace is coming their way. And BEHEMOTH THE SEA MONSTER tells a very typical storyline for its era, following a specific template that sees a slow and gradual build-up in the first half lead into some all-out monster action in the second.

The film features a likable imported American star in Gene Evans, backed up by some heavyweight British talent in the form of a tough Andre Morell and the likes of Jack MacGowran. Film fans will be delighted to see some brief snippets of stop motion effects contributed by the one and only Willis O'Brien at the tail-end of his career, although a cheesy model also bolsters the action. And I enjoyed the way the action plays out in a particularly grim fashion, with the monster readily offing men, women, and children thanks to that radioactive death ray.


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