Tuesday, July 21, 2015

King Dinosaur (1955) - (William Bryant) US insert

King Dinosaur (1955) - (William Bryant) US insert

This is a 14" x 36" US insert poster for the 1955 Bert I. Gordon 53-minute black-and-white film King Dinosaur based on the story "Beast from Outer Space" by Bert I. Gordon and Al Zimbalist, with screenplay by Tom Gries and starring William Bryant as Dr. Ralph Martin. Plot summary: In 1960 four astronauts travel to a planet called Nova known to have plant life that has just entered the Earth's solar system. They want to determine if the new planet would be suitable for a new colony of humans. They encounter an atmosphere similar to Earth's with comparable vegetation; after taking off their space suits and making themselves at home, they are attacked by a crocodile and then have to fight giant insects and other outsized creatures such as a snake, an alligator, an armadillo, some prehistoric wooly mammoths and the king dinosaur himself, a giant iguana the scientists compare to the prehistoric tyrannosaurus rex; briefly, with no role to play in the film at all, we are also treated to a glimpse of the bizarre-looking South American mata mata turtle. It took a week to make this film using borrowed equipment and stock footage. The poster, which has become popular among collectors, is quite a bit more interesting than the film.

Cast and crew: Bert I. Gordon, William Bryant, Wanda Curtis, Douglas Henderson, Patti Gallagher, Marvin Miller

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