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The Astounding She-Monster (1957)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1957
Running Times: 59m (UK)/62m
Length: 5343 ft
Format: 35mm
Colour Format: black and white
Aspect Ratio:
Sound: mono


DIRECTION

Director: Ronnie Ashcroft


CREW

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Hollywood International
Producer: Ronnie Ashcroft
Production Manager: John Nelson

SCRIPT
Script: Frank Hall, Ronald V. Ashcroft (uncredited)

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: William C. Thompson
Chief Electrician: Lee Cannon
Grip Master: Charles Morris

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Ronald V. Ashcroft (uncredited)

MUSIC
Music Supervisor: Guenther Kauer

SOUND
Sound: Dale Knight

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Make Up: Nicholas Vehr
Costume Designer: Maureen (real name: Maureen Portoghese)
Wardrobe Supervisor: Norma McClaskey

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Property Master: Tony Portoghese

OTHER CREW
Creative Consultant: Edward D. Wood Jr (uncredited)

LOCATIONS
Locations: Frazier Park, California, USA; Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA


CAST

Robert Clarke (Dick Cutler)
Kenne Duncan (Nat Burdell)
Marilyn Harvey (Margaret Chaffee)
Jeanne Tatum (Esther Malone)
Shirley Kilpatrick (The She-Monster)
Ewing Brown (Brad Conley)
Al Avalon (radio newscaster)
Scott Douglas (narrator)


PLOT SUMMARY

The remote cabin home of a geologist is taken over by a gang who have kidnapped a rich woman and are planning to hold her to ransom. But they soon fall foul of a glowing female alien whose touch can kill.


AVAILABILITY

UK
Theatrical Distributor: Anglo Amalgamated

USA
Theatrical Distributor: AIP
Video Distributors: Cinema Classics; Englewood Entertainment; Fang Video; Mad Monster Video; Scorched Earth Video; Sinister Cinema; World Beyond Video


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

UK
Rating: A

USA
Rating: unrated


POSTER TAGS

A creature from beyond the stars. EVIL... BEAUTIFUL... DEADLY...!


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Astounding She Monster, The
Mysterious Invader
– UK title


LINKS

EXTRACTS INCLUDED IN
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)

REMAKE
Alienator (1989)


REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Fangoria no.167 (October 1997) p.33 (USA)
note

Kinematograph Weekly no.2666 (18 September 1958) p.28 (UK)
review

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.298 (November 1958) p.144 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

Motion Picture Herald vol.210 no.13 (29 March 1958) p.773
credits, review


KEYWORDS

aliens, forest rangers, gangsters, kidnapping

 


Last Updated: 23 January, 2010

 


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