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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Monster from beneath the Sea

Nomination Year: 1997
SYNOPSIS:  A polar-region atomic test unleashes a monster long thought extinct -- a huge dinosaur that had been trapped in the ice eons ago. Nobody believes the few who saw the beast (which, despite the title, was most definitely not from 20,000 fathoms). An effete scientist must convince a skeptical world that not only could such a creature still exist, but that it does -- and it's on its way. The monster, meanwhile, wrecks ships and eats a lighthouse en route to New York, where it finds a smorgasbord. A little like Jurassic Park: The Lost World, but not bogged down with all that intelligent plotting, solid acting, and great special effects.

Worst Acting

Not That There's Anything Wrong with That
The hero and heroine meet for the first time. Paul (as Dr. Tom) is clearly trying to be the suave European, but comes across as hopelessly superior and oily. Furthermore, the sense that his performance is effeminate is accentuated at the end of this scene, when he hangs his wrist limply in mid-air for the last full minute of the conversation. There it hangs, right in the middle of the screen, between actor and actress. The character, in case you were wondering, is not homosexual -- he and the female lead do get together by the end of the film. But God only knows how or why they hook up, since in this scene, she glances at his wrist as if thinking, "Oh, he's one of those. Pity. I was almost attracted to him."

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Paul Christian German leading man 
Paula Raymond Was in '50s TV shows 
Director Claim to Fame
Eugène Lourié Directed Chaplin's Limelight then went on to specialize in giant-monster flicks 

Bryan Cassidy

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