King Dinosaur

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King Dinosaur
Theatrical poster
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Produced by Bert I. Gordon
Al Zimbalist (Executive Producer)
Written by Bert I. Gordon
Tom Gries
Al Zimbalist
Starring William Bryant
Wanda Curtis
Douglas Henderson
Patti Gallagher
Narrated by Marvin Miller
Music by Louis Palange
Gene Garf (uncredited)
Cinematography Gordon Avil
Edited by Jack Cornall
Distributed by Lippert Pictures
Running time
63 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15,000 (estimated)[1]

King Dinosaur is a 1955 science fiction film starring William Bryant and Wanda Curtis with narration by Marvin Miller. The film was featured on season 2 of Mystery Science Theater 3000.


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 giant Iguana. Eventually, the scientists blow up the island with an atomic bomb, killing all of its inhabitants, rendering the only dinosaur inhabitants of Nova extinct.



Filming started September 1954.[2]

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.[1]

The scene of the attacking mammoth 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.

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]

The film was featured in a second season episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in December 1990.


  1. ^ a b Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p105
  2. ^ Schallert, E. (1954, Sep 08). Alex nicol to menace stewart; 'strange new men' bids for calhern. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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