Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Directed by Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse

Starring Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada


Some of the effects campy, but a noble effort for 1956. Looks like they had a few different monster costumes, each of them having slight cosmetic differences. I understand that the suit makes the actor somewhat immobile, but the monster’s movements seem downright spastic and clumsy.

Why did Burr take on role? Seems a bit risky for someone who appeared to have a pretty good career going. His performance is wooden. It’s humorous how stoic and unaffected he is by the carnage.

Lots of new footage added for the American version. I wonder if the Japanese think that the changes made it a better movie.

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