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.
Categories: Cult Movies