Monster from the Ocean Floor

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Monster from the Ocean Floor
Monster from the Ocean Floor FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Wyott Ordung
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Bill Danch
Starring Anne Kimbell
Stuart Wade
Roger Corman
Music by Andre Brummer
Cinematography Floyd Crosby
Edited by Edward Sampson
Distributed by Lippert Pictures
Release date
May 21, 1954
Running time
64 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30,000
Box office $850,000

Monster from the Ocean Floor is a 1954 science fiction film about a sea monster that terrorizes a Mexican cove. The film was directed by Wyott Ordung and starred Anne Kimbell and Stuart Wade.

It was the first film produced by Roger Corman (although he had previously written Highway Dragnet).

Plot[edit]

Julie Blair (Kimbell) is an American vacationing at a seaside village in Mexico. She hears stories about a man-eating creature dwelling in the cove. She meets Dr. Baldwin (Dick Pinner), a marine biologist, and they fall for one another. The mysterious death of a diver inspires Julie to investigate, but Baldwin is very skeptical. She sees a giant amoeba rising from the ocean.

Cast[edit]

  • Anne Kimbell as Julie Blair
  • Stuart Wade as Steve Dunning
  • Dick Pinner as Dr. Baldwin
  • Wyott Ordung as Pablo
  • Inez Palange as Tula
  • Jonathan Haze as Joe
  • David Garcia as Jose
  • Roger Corman as Tommy

Production[edit]

Alan Frank listed Monster from the Ocean Floor's budget as $30,000.[1] However, Corman stated that the film was made for $12,000 over six days.[2] According to Corman, $4,000 of the film's budget came from Ordung, $3,500 from Corman (from the sale of the Highway Dragnet story to Allied Artists), $5,000 in deferment from Consolidated Labs, and money raised privately by selling $500 and $1,000 shares.[3] Ordong later claimed he hocked his life insurance and sold his apartment to raise $15,000 to pay for the film.[4]

Reception[edit]

The film was sold to Lippert Pictures for $110,000. Corman received a $60,000 advance for this, which enabled him to make his next film.[2]

The film grossed $850,000.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Frank, The Films of Alan Frank: Shooting My Way Out of Trouble, Bath Press, 1998 p 15
  2. ^ a b Beverly Gray, Roger Corman: Blood Sucking Vampires, Flesh Eating Cockroaches and Driller Killers, AZ Ferris 2014 p 30-31
  3. ^ a b Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p15-20
  4. ^ a b Mark Thomas McGee, Talk's Cheap, Action's Expensive: The Films of Robert L. Lippert, Bear Manor Media, 2014 p 156-159

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