It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

USA,
79m
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Robert Gordon. In the States it was released on a double bill with Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) in July 1955 1“Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills!” Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974 by Bryan Senn p.18.

Plot Summary

A gigantic octopus emerges from the sea to attack San Francisco. A group of scientists and military men join forces to try to stop the beast's rampages before it destroys some of the city's best known landmarks.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Robert Gordon
© MCMLV [1955] by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
Executive Producer: Sam Katzman
Produced by: Charles H. Schneer
Screen Play by: George Worthing Yates, Hal Smith
Story by: George Worthing Yates
Director of Photography: Henry Freulich
Film Editor: Jerome Thoms
Music [Composed and] Conducted by: Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Sound: Josh Westmoreland
Special Effects: Jack Erickson
Technical Effects Created by: Ray Harryhausen
Art Director: Paul Palmentola

Cast
Kenneth Tobey (Commander Pete Mathews)
Donald Curtis (Professor John Carter)
Ian Keith (Admiral Burns)
Dean Maddox Jr (Admiral Norman)
Chuck Griffiths (Lieutenant Griff)
Harry Lauter (Deputy Bill Nash)
Richard W. Peterson (Captain Stacy)

Alternative Titles

La fiera del mar – Chile
Das Grauen aus der Tiefe
– West Germany
Merenpohjan hirviö
– Finland
Monster from Beneath the Sea
Il mostro dei mari
– Italy

Press

1955
Kine Weekly no.2502 (9 June 1955) p.23
Spectacular science fiction melodrama cast in the serial mould and embroidered with triangle romance. […] The picture quickly gets to grips with its extravagant theme and never lets up. […] The director, effects men and photographers […] do their stuff and help lend realism to the sensational illusion. Juniors will love it. – reviewer not known

Motion Picture Herald vol.199 no.12 (18 June 1955) pp.482-483
All this should be gravy for the science-fiction and horror fans. Although not unusually original, it's continuously exciting and the special effects are quite fascinating. As would be expected, screenplay writers George Worthing Yates and Hal Smith have injected a romantic triangle, harmless enough but unnecessary. Involved are Faith Domergue and Donald Curtis as the scientists and Kenneth Tobey as the submarine commander. They perform well enough but it's the monster that remains all-important. – from a review by Jay Remer

References

Periodicals

  • The Fantastic Fifties Special Edition no.2 (2018/2019) pp.2-9 – illustrated article (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms/It Came from Beneath the Sea by Mark Wolf
  • Kine Weekly no.2502 (9 June 1955) p.23 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.199 no.12 (18 June 1955) pp.482-483 – credits, review (by Jay Remer)
  • SFX no.292 (November 2017) p.102 – illustrated review (by Dave Golder)

Books

  • by Walt Lee pp.224-225 – credits
  • “Twice the Thrills! Twice the Chills!” Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974 by Bryan Senn pp.16-18 – illustrated credits review