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It Came from Beneath the Sea Details


It Came From Beneath the Sea was the first of several fruitful collaborations between producer Charles H. Schneer and special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. "It" is a giant, six-tentacled octopus, which is galvanized into action by an H-bomb test. Worse still, the monster is highly radioactive, rendering useless the normal means of defense against it. Scientists Donald Curtis and Faith Domergue team with atomic-submarine commander Kenneth Tobey to halt the creature's progress before it begins to attack major coastal cities. Alas, the monster manages to reach San Francisco, wreaking havoc on the Golden Gate Bridge, the Ferry Building, and Market Street before Tobey figures out a way to destroy it. The stop-motion animation utilized by Harryhausen in It Came From Beneath Sea is convincingly frightening, but before long he'd top this achievement with such superb projects as Harryhausen and Harryhausen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 9, 1955


Kenneth Tobey
as Pete Mathews
Faith Domergue
as Lesley Joyce
Donald Curtis
as John Carter
Ian Keith
as Adm. Burns
Harry Lauter
as Bill Nash
Del Courtney
as Robert Chase
Tol Avery
as Navy Intern
Ray Storey
as Reporter
Rudy Puteska
as Hall
Jack Littlefield
as Aston
Jules Irving
as King
Eddie Fisher
as McLoed


Charles H. Schneer
George Worthing Yates
Hal Smith
Henry Freulich
Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Composer (Music Score)
Jerome Thoms
Paul Palmentola
Art Director
Sam Katzman
Executive Producer
Sidney Clifford
Set Designer
Josh Westmoreland
Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Harryhausen
Special Effects
Jack Erickson
Special Effects
Leonard Katzman
First Assistant Director