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Godzilla, King of the Monsters ()

directed by Terrell O. Morse
featuring Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata

Filmed in 1954 as Gojira, this grandaddy of all Japanese giant-reptile epics was picked up for American distribution two years later, at which time several newly filmed inserts, featuring Raymond Burr as reporter Steve Martin, were rabetted into the original footage. In both the Japanese and American versions of Godzilla, the story is basically the same: a 400-foot amphibious monster, brought back to life by underwater nuclear testing, goes on a rampage in a tinker-toy Tokyo. The authorities look on in vain as Godzilla ...

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