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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishiro Honda and produced by Joseph E. Levine, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Edward B. Barison, Richard Kay and Harry Rybnick.

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Steve Martin: I'm afraid my Japanese is a little rusty.


Dr. Kyohei Yamane: They are so wrong. Godzilla should not be destroyed, he should be studied.


[Opening voice over]
Steve Martin: This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is Steve Martin. I am a foreign correspondent for United World News. I was headed for an assignment in Cairo, when I stopped off in Tokyo for a social; but it turned out to be a visit to the living HELL of another world.


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In the original Godzilla, the electrical barrier is stated to contain 50,000 volts, which was actually the voltage rating of just one line. In the American version, the voltage was upped to three million volts because director Terry O. Morse felt no one would believe 50,000 volts could even faze Godzilla.
Godzilla/Gojira was the only film role for Toyoaki Suzuki, who played Shinkichi. However, his photo from Godzilla appeared in Godzilla vs. Destroyah.
Tôhô released this American version of its own Godzilla to Japanese audiences in 1957. The studio ballyhooed it as being a CinemaScope production, when in fact what Toho did was chop off the top and the bottom of the frame. These mutilated shots later made it into the studio's Daikaijû Baran.
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