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Tarantula (1955)
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Tarantula (1955) When a tarantula which has been injected with a special nutrient formula escapes from a scientist's laboratory, it grows into a 100-foot beast that menaces the Arizona countryside.

Movie Tagline:
Even Science was stunned!

Also Known As:
The Giant Tarantula

Title: Tarantula
Release Date: December 14, 1955
Runtime: 80 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T

MPAA Rating: Approved

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John Agar ...Dr. Matt Hastings
Mara Corday ...Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
Leo G. Carroll ...Prof. Gerald Deemer
Nestor Paiva ...Sheriff Jack Andrews
Ross Elliott ...Joe Burch
Edwin Rand ...Lt. John Nolan
Raymond Bailey ...Townsend
Hank Patterson ...Josh
Bert Holland ...Barney Russell
Steve Darrell ...Andy Andersen
Dee Carroll ...Telephone Operator
Edgar Dearing ...Second Tramp
Don Dillaway ...Jim Bagny
Clint Eastwood ...Jet Squadron Leader
Jane Howard ...Coed Secretary
James Hyland ...Trooper Grayson
Tom London ...Jeff (1st Tramp)
Bob Nelson ...State Trooper
Eddie Parker ...Paul Lund / Eric Jacobs
Ray Quinn ...State Trooper
Vernon Rich ...Ridley
Bing Russell ...Deputy
Robert R. Stephenson ...Warehouseman
Jack Stoney ...Helper
Billy Wayne ...Murphy
Rusty Wescoatt ...Driver
Bud Wolfe ...Bus Driver

William Alland

Robert M. Fresco
Martin Berkeley
Jack Arnold
Robert M. Fresco

Herman Stein

More Movie Taglines:
  • Even Science was stunned!
  • Science-fiction's most terrifying thrill!
  • More terrifying than any horror known to man comes a creeping crawling monster whose towering fury no one can escape!
  • Science's Deadliest Accident
  • Bullets Can't Stop It! Dynamite Can't Kill It!
  • Giant spider strikes! Crawling terror 100 feet high!
  • Monster Spider...crawling terror 100 feet high!
  • Researchers seeking clue! Can anything escape it?
Movie Quote(s):
  • Prof. Gerald Deemer: The disease of hunger, like most diseases, well, it spreads. There are 2 billion people in the world today. In 1975 there'll be 3 billion. In the year 2000, there'll be 3,625,000,000. The world may not be able to produce enough food to feed all these people. Now perhaps you'll understand what an inexpensive nutrient will mean. Dr. Matt Hastings: Well, not many of us look that far in the future, sir. Prof. Gerald Deemer: Our business is the future. No man can do it on his own, of course. You don't pull it out of your hat like a magician's rabbit. You - well, you build on what hundreds of others have learned before you.
  • Andy Andersen: [viewing what's left of his dead cattle] I never saw anything like it! No footprints! No blood! No sign of a struggle! The bones just stripped clean like peeling a banana!
  • Dr. Matt Hastings: But what if circumstances magnified one of them in size and strength, took it out of its primitive world, and turned it loose in ours? Prof. Townsend: Then expect something that's fiercer, more cruel and deadly than anything that ever walked on earth!
  • Dr. Matt Hastings: The desert, it gives people wonderful ideas!
  • Prof. Gerald Deemer: The history of medicine is the history of the unusual;
Movie Trivia:
  • Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax.
  • The tarantula was an actual live spider. Air jets were used to make it move in the desired way over a miniature landscape.
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