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When electronics engineer Mitch MacAfee spots a UFO as "big as a battleship," from his plane, the Air Force scrambles planes to investigate. However, nothing shows up on radar, and one of the jets is lost during the action. MacAfee is regarded as a dangerous crackpot until other incidents and disappearances convince the authorities that the threat is real. Some believe it is a French-Canadian folk legend come to life, but it turns out to be an extraterrestrial giant bird composed of anti-matter whose disregard for human life and architecture threatens the world.
Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!
Also Known As:
The Mark of the Claw
Title: Giant Claw, The
Release Date: June , 1957
Runtime: 75 mins
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 3.0
Buried.com Rating: 4.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Fred F. Sears
Jeff Morrow ...Mitchell 'Mitch' MacAfee
Mara Corday ...Sally Caldwell
Morris Ankrum ...Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
Louis Merrill ...Pierre Broussard (as Louis D. Merrill)
Edgar Barrier ...Dr. Karol Noymann
Robert Shayne ...Gen. Van Buskirk
Frank Griffin ...Pete, pilot (as Ruell Shayne)
Clark Howat ...Maj. Bergen
Morgan Jones ...Lieutenant, Radar Officer
George Cisar ...Admonishing man on airliner
Dabbs Greer ...Fighter Pilot, in clips from 'Mission Over Korea'...
Fred F. Sears ...Narrator (voice)
Robert Williams ...First State Trooper
More Movie Taglines:
- Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!
- Mitch MacAfee: I know another poem. Be plain in dress and sober in your diet. In short, my dearie, kiss me and be quiet.
Gen. Van Buskirk: Three men reported they saw something. Two of them are now dead. Mitch MacAfee: That makes me Chief Cook and Bottle Washer in a one-man Bird Watcher's Society!
Narrator: Once the world was big, and no man in his lifetime could circle it. Through the centuries, science has made man's lifetime bigger, and the world smaller. Now the farthest corner of the Earth is as close as a pushbutton, and time has lost all meaning as man-made devices speed many many times faster than sound itself.
Narrator: Something, he didn't know what, but something as big as a Battleship has just flown over and past him."
Sally: Well, flying Battleships, pink elephants, same difference. Mitch MacAfee: I said it looked like a Battleship, not that it was a Battleship.
- Some of the better special effects are recycled from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956).
The poster artists were purportedly not shown the puppet nor any other artwork from the film's production and concluded that the monster was a giant eagle or hawk. Thus, the creature in the posters looks nothing like the beast in the film.
Screenwriter Samuel Newman re-used the character name "Dr. Karol Noyman" (here played by Edgar Barrier) for an entirely different character played by John Carradine in the 1959 film Invisible Invaders (1959), which Newman also wrote.
In an interview, star Jeff Morrow said that neither he nor anyone on the film saw the title "monster" until they went to the film's premiere in Morrow's home town. It turned out that producer Sam Katzman had contracted with a low-budget model-maker in Mexico City to construct the "Giant Claw" and no one in the cast or crew had any idea it would come out looking as bizarre and, frankly, laughable as it did. Morrow said that the audience roared with laughter every time the "monster" made an appearance, and he wound up slinking in embarrassment out of the theater before the film was over so that no one who knew him would recognize him.
The producers originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen for the bird. However, due to budgetary limitations they were forced to use a marionette.
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