The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

80-81 mins | Science fiction | September 1957

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Producer:

Bert I. Gordon

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Editor:

Ronald Sinclair

Production Designer:

Bill Glasgow

Production Company:

Malibu Productions
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was The Colossal Man . Producer-writer-director Bert I. Gordon filmed a sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man , the 1958 American International production War of the Colossal Beast (see below), which starred Dean Parkin in the role of "Lt. Col. Glenn Manning." Russ Bender, June Jocelyn and Jack Kosslyn appear in both productions, but play different roles in each film. Although in The Amazing Colossal Man , Glenn's fiancée states that Glenn has no family, in War of the Colossal Beast , Glenn has a sister "Joyce" and his fiancée is not mentioned. Several scenes from The Amazing Colossal Man appear in War of the Colossal Beast , despite the role of Glenn being played by different ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Colossal Man . Producer-writer-director Bert I. Gordon filmed a sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man , the 1958 American International production War of the Colossal Beast (see below), which starred Dean Parkin in the role of "Lt. Col. Glenn Manning." Russ Bender, June Jocelyn and Jack Kosslyn appear in both productions, but play different roles in each film. Although in The Amazing Colossal Man , Glenn's fiancée states that Glenn has no family, in War of the Colossal Beast , Glenn has a sister "Joyce" and his fiancée is not mentioned. Several scenes from The Amazing Colossal Man appear in War of the Colossal Beast , despite the role of Glenn being played by different actors. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jul 58
pp. 436-37, 450-51, 454.
Box Office
7 Sep 1957.
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Daily Variety
29 Aug 57
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Sep 57
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 1957
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 1957
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 1957
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1957
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 57
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Nov 57
p. 618.
New York Times
26 Oct 57
p. 19.
Variety
4 Sep 57
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief set elec
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec tech eff
Asst tech eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Asst to the prod
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Colossal Man
Release Date:
September 1957
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Milwaukee, WI: 28 August 1957
Production Date:
late June 1957
Copyright Claimant:
Malibu Productions
Copyright Date:
24 August 1957
Copyright Number:
LP9436
Physical Properties:
Sound
Ryder Sound Services
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Length(in feet):
7,188
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18685
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a military site in Desert Rock, Nevada, soldiers led by Lt. Col. Glenn Manning participate in an early morning test explosion of a plutonium atomic bomb. When the bomb fails to detonate as expected, Glenn receives orders to keep the men in the trench because a chain reaction has occurred, making an explosion imminent. Minutes later, when a small, unidentified airplane crashes near the bomb site, Glenn dashes from the trench to pull the pilot to safety, but is caught in the blast from the plutonium bomb. Suffering from burns over his entire body, Glenn undergoes hours of treatment from specialist Dr. Paul Lindstrom and military scientist Dr. Eric Coulter. At the base hospital, Glenn’s fiancée, Carol Forrest, anxiously awaits news of Glenn’s condition, but Paul refrains from telling her that he believes that Glenn will not survive. The next morning, however, Paul and Eric are stunned when a nurse discovers that Glenn’s burns have completely healed. While Carol is convinced that Glenn will make a full recovery, Paul and Eric question his miraculous recuperation and begin analyzing the details of Glenn’s unusual case. That evening, Carol is distressed when military security forbids her to visit Glenn again and she later discovers that he is no longer at the hospital. Learning that Paul and Eric work for a military rehabilitation and research lab in the desert, Carol drives there and a guard allows her inside. After overhearing Paul and Eric discussing Glenn’s case, Carol sneaks into Glenn’s room and is horrified to find that he has mutated into a giant. Later, Paul tells Carol that they ... +


At a military site in Desert Rock, Nevada, soldiers led by Lt. Col. Glenn Manning participate in an early morning test explosion of a plutonium atomic bomb. When the bomb fails to detonate as expected, Glenn receives orders to keep the men in the trench because a chain reaction has occurred, making an explosion imminent. Minutes later, when a small, unidentified airplane crashes near the bomb site, Glenn dashes from the trench to pull the pilot to safety, but is caught in the blast from the plutonium bomb. Suffering from burns over his entire body, Glenn undergoes hours of treatment from specialist Dr. Paul Lindstrom and military scientist Dr. Eric Coulter. At the base hospital, Glenn’s fiancée, Carol Forrest, anxiously awaits news of Glenn’s condition, but Paul refrains from telling her that he believes that Glenn will not survive. The next morning, however, Paul and Eric are stunned when a nurse discovers that Glenn’s burns have completely healed. While Carol is convinced that Glenn will make a full recovery, Paul and Eric question his miraculous recuperation and begin analyzing the details of Glenn’s unusual case. That evening, Carol is distressed when military security forbids her to visit Glenn again and she later discovers that he is no longer at the hospital. Learning that Paul and Eric work for a military rehabilitation and research lab in the desert, Carol drives there and a guard allows her inside. After overhearing Paul and Eric discussing Glenn’s case, Carol sneaks into Glenn’s room and is horrified to find that he has mutated into a giant. Later, Paul tells Carol that they believe that Glenn’s exposure to the plutonium blast has caused his old cells to stop dying and his new cells to multiply at an accelerated rate that results in his growing eight feet a day. Under Carol’s questioning, Paul admits that he and Eric are unsure if they can stop Glenn’s growth, but reassures her that they are continuing their research. The following day, Glenn awakens after experiencing disquieting dreams about his past with Carol and his participation in the Korean War. Upon realizing his massive size, Glenn is at first frightened, then deeply disturbed. As Glenn continues to grow, Paul orders him moved to a large tent and recommends that Carol spend time with him. Despite Carol’s encouragement, however, Glenn is angry and bitter over his situation. When Glenn remains frustrated and depressed, Paul suggests that Carol return home as she is no longer helpful. Carol refuses, forcing Paul to reveal that he and Eric have ascertained that Glenn’s heart is growing at only half the rate of his body and soon will be unable to support his enormous size. That night, Carol visits Glenn and they argue over his continuing despair and pessimism. The following morning as Eric excitedly reports to Paul that he may have found a solution to stopping Glenn’s growth, the men discover that Glenn has disappeared. The military, headed by Col. Hallock, conducts a ten-mile-wide search for Glenn with no results. When Carol asks Paul if she can help in their search for Glenn, he cautions her that Glenn’s condition may be affecting his mind. Later, Eric declares that he has created a special syringe filled with a serum that will affect Glenn’s bone marrow and stop his growth. Hallock then briefs the military squads on their expanding search, which will also be conducted by air. Meanwhile, a television station that had earlier reported two drunks stating they had seen a giant man, relays that the giant has been spotted approaching Las Vegas. As the military heads toward Las Vegas, Glenn, now over sixty feet tall and psychologically confused, is drawn to the oversize, garish hotels on the Las Vegas strip. His exploration of several hotel signs panics the local populace and draws a legion of police. When the police become alarmed by Glenn’s behavior, they disobey military orders and begin firing at him, thus enraging Glenn, who destroys several hotel signs before leaving the city. After military helicopters track Glenn’s movements toward Boulder Dam, Paul, Carol and Eric arrange to intercept them there with Hallock’s troops. Moments after the report, Paul’s helicopter lands near Glenn at the dam. Eric and Paul disembark and immediately take the enormous syringe and plunge it into Glenn’s ankle. Initially startled, Glenn is then outraged and, removing the needle, stabs Eric with it. Glenn then picks up Carol and starts across the dam. Using a bullhorn to amplify his message, Paul pleads with Glenn to spare Carol and although he is utterly disoriented, Glenn complies. When Glenn reaches the middle of the dam, Hallock orders his men to fire on him and Glenn tumbles into the dam to his death. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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