King Dinosaur (1955)

USA, 1955
black and white
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Plot Summary

A team of explorer are sent to the planet Nova which has drifted into the Solar System. They find that Nova is very similar to Earth but is inhabited by giant monsters, The most dangerous of which is the dreaded King Dinosaur. The astronauts battle for survival in this strange new world.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Copyright MCMLV [1955] – Zimgor, Inc.
A Lippert Pictures presentation
Executive Producer: Al Zimbalist
Produced by: Al Zimbalist, Bert I. Gordon
Assistant Producer: John Bushelman
Associate Producer: Ralph Helfer
Screenplay: Tom Gries
Based on an Original Story by: Bert I. Gordon and Al Zimbalist
Assistant Directors: Robert Agnew, Elmer Decker
Director of Photography: Gordon Avil
Film Editor: Jack Cornwell
Processed by: Pathe Film Labs
Musical Director: Mischa Terr
Musical Score: Louis Palange
Sound Supervisor: Rod Sutton
Ryder Sound
Wardrobe Creations: Flora Lang
Special Photographic Effects: Howard A. Anderson Co.
Property Master: Thomas Shaw
Executive Assistant: Donald Zimbalist
Animal Supervision: Ralph Helfer of Nature’s Haven
Research: Bernice Higgins
Technical Advisor: Henry H. Waldman
Locations: Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA *; Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA *

Bill Bryant (Dr Richard Gordon)
Wanda Curtis (Dr Patricia Bennett)
Douglas Henderson (Dr Ralph Martin)
Patti Gallagher (Nora Pierce)
Little Joe – The Honey Bear
Narration by Marvin Miller

Alternative Titles

El planeta infernal – Mexican title

Includes extracts from
One Million B.C. (1940)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.12 p.36
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.136 no.27 (27 September 1955) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.2522 (27 October 1955) p.23
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.22 no.263 (December 1955) p.181
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.200 no.13 (24 September 1955) p.602
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.29 – note (Round the cinema’s zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.85 no.7379 (21 October 1955) p.16
  • Variety 28 September 1955


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.152
  • Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies by Roy Kinnard pp.74-76
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.48
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.242 – credits