Ok. I realize that one of these things is not like the others, but I'll just say that this is a great movie to watch while doing laundry/ironing. :)
the year: 1955
the genre: sci-fi
the cast: Kenneth Tobey (Cmdr. Pete Mathews); Faith Domergue (Prof. Lesley Joyce); Donald Curtis (Dr. John Carter)
the plot: A Giant Octopus (yes - it should be capitalized!), whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast.
don't miss: the intense drama. Oh, the humanity!
listen for: "From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine. Her engines were to be a miracle of speed and power, her sides strong enough to withstand any blow, her armament and fire power of greater force than the worst enemy she might encounter. The mind of man had thought of everything - *except that which was beyond his comprehension!*" (dom, dom DOM!!!)
extra bonus points: if you can name the film that was double billed with this one by Columbia Pictures.
did you know: because the budget was so low, Ray Harryhausen saved money by building his octopus model with six rather than the correct eight tentacles. He tried to pose the creature so this lack of the right number of arms wasn't apparent.