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The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by Arnold Laven and produced by Arthur Gardner and Jules V. Levy.

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By Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 20, 2020 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

I received as an early birthday present from my good friend Tim Durbin a Kino Blu-ray of the 1957 sci-fi monster movie THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD. Believe it or not, I had never actually seen this film. An earthquake strikes the area around the Salton Sea in southern California. The quake... Read full article

The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

By Beatrice on May 25, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Monster That Challenged the World Directed by Arnold Laven Written by Pat Fielder; Story by David Duncan 1957/USA Gramercy Pictures First viewing/Amazon Instant Perhaps the greatest giant mollusk movie ever made. Lt. Comdr. John Twiliger (Tim Holt) is the new guy at the U.S. Navy base on the ... Read full article

The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

on Oct 19, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

There’s something to be said about the 1950s science-fiction film. Their plots may have been coldly focused on issues of the time, lending them all an imitative air, but the acting and scripts, for the most part, never went for the easy laughs. In recent years the Mystery Science Theater crowd... Read full article

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Quotes from

Dr. Jess Rogers: From the instant they're born, they're hungry.

[last lines]
Lt. Cmdr. John 'Twill' Twillinger: Guess what, Sandy, you can go swimming again.
Sandy MacKenzie: Can I?

Dr. Jess Rogers: We must remember that these creatures can travel over land, too.

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The majority of the underwater scenes were shot at Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. The close-ups were later filmed in a tank filled with water and plastic sea-weed.
The Salton Sea was formed from a Pre-dam flood of the Colorado River. The dam project that created Hoover Dam (boulder Dam) was a result of flood control. A boomtown grew around the lake, with all the typical real estate promotional hype. As the lake shrunk, and values dropped, the area became a near ghost town.
In the laboratory, above the filing cabinets on the right was a aerial picture of the K-25 Plant, it was the largest building in the Manhattan Project and was authorized in late 1942, it was 11 miles from the WWII Secret City of Oak Ridge, Tenn. The plant was intended to produce enriched uranium. The photo on the left looks like it is a close up of K-25 but that has not been proven at this time.
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