Friday Fright: The Giant Claw (1957)

Classic Horrors

Written by Samuel Newman & Paul Gangelin
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill
Released June, 1957
RT 75 min.
Home Video Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman (DVD)
Classic Horrors rating = 7 (out of 10)


Its reputation preceding it, I’ve never been in too big a hurry to see The Giant Claw (1957). However, after doing so recently, it turns out to be one of those movies that I regret not watching sooner. Let’s get this out of the way: yes, the giant bird marionette looks silly. But I never once laughed at it; instead, I smiled with it, as well as with the entire movie. I really enjoyed it.

Who’s to say what this “flying battleship” should look like, anyway? Has anyone ever seen one? The civil aeronautical engineer, Mitch MacAfee (Jeff Morrow) and mathematician, Sally Caldwell (Mara Corday)…

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