The Giant Claw (1957)

35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono (RCA Sound Recording), English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American science fiction film directed by Fred F. Sears.

Plot Summary

A team testing a new radar device at the North Pole spots a UFO that turns out to be a gigantic bird from an antimatter galaxy. It heads for New York and is finally seen off by a special isotope that forces it to lower its antimatter shield long enough for missiles to bring it down.


Directed by: Fred F. Sears
© MCMLVII [1957] by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents. A Clover production
Produced by: Sam Katzman
Production Co-ordinator: Paul Sperling
Written by: Samuel Newman, Paul Gangelin
Assistant Director: Leonard Katzman
Director of Photography: Benjamin H. Kline
Film Editors: Saul A. Goodkind, Tony DiMarco
Music Supervision: Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Sound: Josh Westmoreland
Technical Effects Created by: Ralph Hamerras, George Teague
Art Director: Paul Palmentola
Set Decorator: Sidney Clifford

Jeff Morrow [Mitch MacAfee]
Mara Corday [Sally Caldwell]
Morris Ankrum [Lt.-Gen. Edward Lewis]
Louis D. Merrill [Pierre Broussard]
Edgar Barrier [Dr Karol Noymann
Robert Shayne [General Van Buskirk
Ruell Shayne [real name: Frank Griffin] [Pete]
Clark Howat [Major Bergen]
Morgan Jones [radar officer]

Alternative Titles

Angriff der Riesenkralle – West Germany
O Ataque Vem do Polo – Brazil
Džinovska kandža – Serbia
La garra gigante – Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru
Kanatlı Canavar – Turkey
The Mark of the Claw – working title
Il mostro dei cieli – Italy
Szpon – Poland
Гигантский коготь – Russia

Includes extracts from
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
The War of the Worlds (1952)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.36
  • Daily Film Renter no.7465 (13 September 1957) p.8
  • The Film Daily vol.111 no.125 (28 June 1957) p.6
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.145 no.18 (19 June 1957) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.2614 (19 September 1957) p.25
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.24 no.285 (October 1957) p.127
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.207 no.12 (22 June 1957) p.426
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.30 – note (Round the cinema's zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)
  • Today's Cinema vol.89 no.7859 (12 September 1957) p.II


  • The Armchair Odeon: The Collector's Guide to the Movies by Denis Gifford p.45
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.169
  • Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies by Roy Kinnard pp.102-103
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.119-120
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.89-91
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.203
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.86 – credits, review
  • It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.127-130
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.52
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.163