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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Details


A longtime "dream" project of production designer-turned-director Eugene Lourie, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms sees the titular beast unleashed on the world via nuclear testing. Making its way from the Arctic Circle, the monster-a carnivorous "rhedosaurus"-begins advancing towards New York. It stomps its way around Wall Street, pausing to have a policeman for lunch. By the time it has reached Coney Island, the rhedosaurus is more of a danger than ever because of the deadly bacteria it carries within its system. It's up to researcher Paul Christian and sharpshooter Lee Van Cleef to try to liquidate the beast with a grenade chock full of radioactive isotopes. Beast From 20,000 Fathoms represented effects artist Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort, after assisting Willis O'Brien on Willis O'Brien (1949). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Paul Christian
as Tom Nesbitt
Paula Raymond
as Lee Hunter
Cecil Kellaway
as Prof. Thurgood Elson
Kenneth Tobey
as Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods
as Capt. Phil Jackson
Jack Pennick
as Jacob Bowman
Lee Van Cleef
as Corporal Stone
Steve Brodie
as Sgt. Loomis
Ross Elliott
as George Ritchie
Ray Hyke
as Sgt. Willistead
Michael Fox
as Doctor
Frank Ferguson
as Dr. Morton
King Donovan
as Dr. Ingersoll
Paul Hubschmid
as Tom Nesbitt
Alvin Greenman
as First Radar Man
James Best
as Radar Man
Paul Hubschmid
as Tom Nesbitt
James Best
as Radar Man
Alvin Greenman
as First Radar Man


Eugène Lourié
Jack Dietz
Lou Morheim
Eugène Lourié
David Buttolph
Composer (Music Score)
Eugène Lourié
Production Designer
Ray Harryhausen
Special Effects
Willis Cook
Special Effects
Horace Hough
First Assistant Director
Ray Bradbury
Short Story Author