Creature from the Black Lagoon

Synopsis: A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discovers a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one in the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Jack Arnold
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

"In the beginning,

God created the heaven and the earth. "

"And the earth was without form,

and void. "

This is the planet Earth,

newly born,

and cooling rapidly from a temperature

of 6,000 degrees to a few hundred

in less than five billion years.

The heat rises,

meets the atmosphere, the clouds form,

and rain pours down upon the hardening

surface for countless centuries.

The restless seas rise,

find boundaries, are contained.

Now, in their warm depths,

the miracle of life begins.

In infinite variety, living things appear,

and change, and reach the land,

leaving a record of their coming,

of their struggle to survive,

and of their eventual end.

The record of life is written on the land,

where, 15 million years later,

in the upper reaches of the Amazon,

man is still trying to read it.

Tomas! Tomas!



What that is, Dr Maia?

I don't know, Luis. I have never seen

anything like this before.

Is important?

Yes. I think it is. Very important.

We will take one more picture.

Then we will dig it out.

Luis, I'm going to Morajo Bay,

to the institute.

- You two are to wait here in the camp.

- You be gone long?

Long enough to find out what this is

and get help in digging out

the rest of the skeleton.

I want a man in camp at all times.

Luis, you will be in charge.

I'm sure you scared all the fish away.

At the depth he's working, Doctor,

the fish won't hear a thing, believe me.

Ah. There he is. See him?

- What's he waiting for?

- He's adjusting to the change in pressure.

Ah. Here he comes.

- Hi.

- David, I have a surprise for you.


Carl Maia!

- It isn't you!

- What's left of me, Dr David Reed.

The last I heard, you were up

the Amazon digging for old skeletons.

You too were doing research,

for an aquarium in California.

- What are you doing in Brazil?

- We've been at your institute for a month.

We're looking for specimens of lungfish.

David, you still don't look

like an ichthyologist.

The geologist's point of view. He expected

the lovable old professor with a beard.

I didn't expect him to look like he did

when he was my student.

Give me your shoulder, Kay.

Are you two married yet?

No. David says we're together all the time

anyway. Might as well save expenses.

- How about two living as cheaply as one?

- That's what I keep telling him, Carl.

I'm waiting for Williams to give her

that raise. Then she can afford me.

Come on, let's go ashore.

It's good to see you again, Carl.

Show him what brought you back, Carl.

I found this in a limestone deposit

dating back to the Devonian age.

I was hoping you experts on marine life

could make some identification.

- I've never seen anything like this.

- Look at the webbed fingers.

Maybe we'll know more about it

after I find the rest of the skeleton.

- I'd sure like to be with you when you do.

- So would I.

What about your boss?

Do you think he would be interested?

Williams? If there's a chance of

any publicity, just try and keep him away.

Be fair. Publicity brings endowments.

And without money, there is no research.

Right. If it weren't for Dr Williams digging

up the dough, we wouldn't be down here.

- Where is this thing?

- At the institute.

Here it is, gentlemen.

Exactly as I found it.

- It's amazing.

- It's incredible!

Could it possibly belong

to a Pleistocene man?

Chances are that that hand belonged

to an amphibian, Mark.

One that spent

a great deal of time in the water.

So how do you account for the structure

of the fingers, obviously for land use?

- What do you think, Dr Matos?

- We can be sure of one thing.

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Harry Essex

Harry Essex (November 29, 1910 – February 5, 1997) was an American screenwriter and director in feature films and television. Born and raised in New York City, his career spanned more than fifty years. more…

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