The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

1953 film by Eugène Lourié, Ray Harryhausen

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 science fiction monster movie. It was released on June 13, 1953, by Premier Productions. It was produced by Warner Bros. It made over $5 million,[2] including $2.25 million in the United States in its first year.[3]

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Directed byEugène Lourié
Produced byJack Dietz
Hal E. Chester
Screenplay byFred Freiberger
Eugène Lourié
Louis Morheim
Robert Smith
StarringPaul Christian
Paula Raymond
Cecil Kellaway
Kenneth Tobey
Music byDavid Buttolph
CinematographyJack Russell
Edited byBernard W. Burton
Distributed byPremier Productions
Release date
June 13, 1953
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$5,000,000

The movie was the first movie to show a monster being woken up or created by an explosion from an atomic bomb. Its success helped cause the creation of more monster movies in the 1950s such as Godzilla.


An atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle wakes up a sleeping dinosaur, the fictional Rhedosaurus. After being woken up, it destroys New York City before being killed at Coney Island.



  1. James Van Hise, Hot Bloodied Dinosaur Movies. Pioneer Books, 1993. Pg.102
  2. John JJ Johnson, Cheap Tricks and Class Acts: Special Effects, Makeup and stunts from the films of the Fantastic Fifties. McFarland & Company, 1995. Pg.61
  3. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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