The Magnetic Monster - One of the best 50's Sci-Fi Movies

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5.81 h 15 min1953X-Ray13+
For many, this cheesy film succeeds on all levels. For some, it's considered schlock! One of the few 50's Sci-Fi films to show the nuclear radiation problem realistically. Dated now, but an effective, well-written thriller. The star of "It Came From Outer Space," Creature From The Black Lagoon" & other classics, Richard Carlson gives another fine performance.
Directors
Curt Siodmak
Starring
Richard CarlsonKing DonovanJean Byron
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Science FictionHorrorDrama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Byron Foulger
Producers
Ivan TorsGeorge Van Marter
Studio
United Artists
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53 global ratings

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CraigReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not Bad At All
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I'm going to agree with most of the other reviews. Engineering and science is a passion of mine, as well as sci-fi. For 1953, this was pretty good and presented a new concept to the general public with the information we could talk about openly at the time, with what we knew about the atomic structure. Yeah, it's cheesy and it is NOT War of the Worlds or The Forbidden Planet in terms of special effects for the current movie production capabilities. But again, for what we knew and could publicly speak of at the time, it's pretty good!
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GreystokeReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Full Throttle Classic SciFi Dooms Day Thriller, or something like that
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No Spoilers:
An easy movie to have missed somehow, since I was only four years old when it first came out. However, How did I, the King of Schlock and B-Movie enthrallment miss this title for so long?

From the first few minutes to the end of the movie, the caricatures of characters is ludicrous and amazing.
The premise fits with the logical over-extension of the science of the time in the early 50's and carries it to an illogical conclusion with dexterity.

The premise you ask? Nuclear/Radioactive is bad, very, very bad.
Lot's of great actors here, including an easy to miss Strother Martin, "What we have here, is a failure to communicate" from Cool Hand Luke fame.
Character actors galore though and they all do a fabulous job for the time in which this was made.
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NWJReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Cast, Good Production Values, Not a Bad Sci-Fi For Its Time
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Stars King Donovan (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), written by Ivan Tors (Science Fiction Theater), with a cast of 1950's ad 60's TV and film regulars like Jean Byron (Patty Duke's TV mom) and others you'll recognize. Some of this film must have been shot at Los Alamos. A lot of the scientific equipment is real and used properly. The plot is a little weak and the science is fictional. But a much better film than most sci-fis of that era and with excellent production values. If you like old sci-fis or Mystery Science Theater, you should enjoy this one.
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MarieReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very impressive premise
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I have no idea if all the science discussed in this movie is accurate--you would have to consult an atomic physicist--but the premise is very impressive, especially for the decade in which this movie was made: instead of monstrous mutations caused by radioactivity or bug-eyed aliens, the "monster" in this movie is a newly created radioactive/highly magnetic element brought into existence by a "lone wolf" scientist working in isolation. The "deltatron" machine (I have no idea if I am spelling this correctly) located in Nova Scotia featured the climax is worthy of Metropolis and Forbidden Planet in its awe-inspiring futuristic look. Loved Richard Carlson's Jack Webb/Joe Friday/Dragnet-style voice-over. Some cool stock footage of Airforce planes re-fueling in mid-air. Great casting of the leads and all the many supporting roles.
Linda LeeReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
You gotta be kidding
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This was one of the best movies to put me to sleep.

Magnetism stopped all the clocks in a store. The store owner is full of emotion and grief.

The good guys (specialists) suit up to inspect the store attic.
Their radiation detectors find a hot spot.

It's a dead man under a pile of paper and other stuff.

Is the dead radioactive man a missing employee? No.

Who cares if a radioactive dead man is in the attic? No one.

"One of the best 50's Sci-Fi Movies" was one of the worst sci-fi movies I've ever seen from that era.
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A typical sci-fi of the time with an unique plot.
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There’s a monster but it’s a science experiment gone wrong rather than someone dressed as a beast and killing the cast. There’s a good cast, the acting isn’t bad and there’s a fair amount of tension as the scientists try to prevent a substance from growing to the point it will destroy the earth. Somewhat far fetched but radiation fears were somewhat scary in the 50’s so it likely played better in its time but it’s much better than what Ed Woods did and though totally unbelievable it worked and the runtime was short enough that it actually helped. I grew up watching these types of old movies and this one was pretty typical of the times.
BeeReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Boring Sci-Fi Movie
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The movie was extremely boring. The best part was seeing Jean Byron from The Patty Duke Show. It was unfortunate that her part was so small.
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RedReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Plot interesting - digital transfer so-so.
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I remember this as a kid and was fascinated by the concept of a rogue element. Although the science is dated (remember this is 1953), the plot is interesting. The digital transfer, however, is marginal. There is a lot of fuzziness not apparent in the DVD. If you have the hard copy, I would recommend you skip the digital transfer on Prime and keep the DVD. I am keeping mine.
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