Cult Movies

Cult Movie Essentials: King Dinosaur (1955)

King Dinosaur is a 1955 science fiction film starring William Bryant and Wanda Curtis with narration by Marvin Miller.


  • William Bryant — Dr. Ralph Martin
  • Wanda Curtis — Dr. Patricia Bennett
  • Douglas Henderson — Dr. Richard Gordon
  • Patti Gallagher— Nora Pierce
  • Marvin Miller — Narrator


Four astronauts in 1960 travel to a planet called Nova that has just entered Earth’s solar system. The crew begins studying the planet to see if it’s suitable for a possible Earth colony. After first discovering normal Earth animals such as a kinkajou and an alligator, they soon encounter and battle giant insects, an enormous snake, prehistoric mammals, dinosaurs, and – on an island – the titular character, King Dinosaur, a putative Tyrannosaurus Rex. Eventually, the scientists blow up the island with an atomic bomb, killing all of its inhabitants.


  • The film was directed over a seven-day period by Bert I. Gordon and was Gordon’s debut. The camera and other pieces of equipment were borrowed and the cast worked for deferred salaries.
  • The scene of the attacking Mastodon was stock footage recycled from the film One Million BC.
  • There were only four actors in this film. The rest of the band and soldiers were just military stock footage, as was the footage of the atomic bomb explosions.



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