The Colossus of New York
|The Colossus of New York|
|Directed by||Eugène Lourié|
|Produced by||William Alland|
|Written by||Willis Goldbeck
|Music by||Van Cleave|
|Running time||70 minutes|
The Colossus of New York (1958) is a science fiction film produced by William Alland, and directed by Eugène Lourié. It starred Ross Martin, Otto Kruger, John Baragrey, Mala Powers and Charles Herbert.
Jeremy Spensser (Martin), the brilliant young scion of a family of scientists and humanitarians, is killed in an automobile accident. His death occurs on the eve of his winning the "International Peace Prize," and he leaves behind a wife (Powers) and young son (Herbert). Jeremy's father, noted brain surgeon William Spensser (Kruger), is distressed that his son's gifts will be denied to Mankind. He conceives a plan to give Jeremy's excellent mind another chance to benefit humanity by transplanting the brain (which he has revived and kept on life support) into an artificial, robotic body. William convinces Jeremy's brother, Henry, an expert in automation, to assist with the process in secret. Because of its horrific appearance, the huge cyborg they've created is kept in seclusion for nearly a year, secretly continuing Jeremy's work on new food sources. However, deprived of normal human contact and possibly of its "soul," Jeremy's mind begins to lose its humanity. He kills his brother, who has fallen in love with Jeremy's wife, and then speaks to his father of the futility of providing food for "the slum people of the world," when it's "simpler and wiser to get rid of them." As Jeremy loses control, his mechanical body develops other powers, including mind control and a death ray emanating from its eyes. Finally, Jeremy goes on a rampage in the United Nations building, killing several people. Only when Jeremy's young son confronts the cyborg is he able to restore his self-control long enough to tell the boy how to switch off and destroy the "colossus".
- John Baragrey as Dr. Henry Spensser
- Mala Powers as Anne Spensser
- Otto Kruger as Dr. William Spensser
- Robert Hutton as Dr. John Robert Carrington
- Ross Martin as Dr. Jeremy 'Jerry' Spensser
- Charles Herbert as Billy Spensser
- Ed Wolff as The Colossus
The DVD was released by Olive Films on June 19, 2012 in the USA.
The film is noted for its haunting minimalistic piano score composed by Van Cleave.
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- Olive Films Brings the Original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Colossus of New York, and The Boogens to Blu-ray this Summer