Tarantula

1955

Jack Arnold
Director
Universal Pictures
Studio

I knew Leo G. Carroll was over a barrel
When Tarantula took to the hills

Scientist working on synthetic nutrients using atomic energy accidentally unleashes a giant spider in the American Southwest. His formula also has some unfortunate side effects on humans. . .

Probably the best of the big bug movies of the Fifties, along with Them!, thanks to a clever script and solid, believable performances. Leo G. Carroll is driven, but hardly the stereotypical 'mad' scientist (indeed, his predictions of future famine have proven sadly true), and the romance between Corday and Agar is pleasantly low-key. Plus, Dirty Harry napalms the big spider in the climax. How cool is that?

-Dave W.


Tarantula
23rd November 1955
Cinema

Not Rated

80 mins
1.85:1


2nd March 1956
Cinema






Tarantula
23rd March 1956
Cinema


80 mins
1.85:1




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John Agar
Dr. Matt Hastings
John Agar
Dr. Matt Hastings
Mara Corday
Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
Mara Corday
Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
Leo G. Carroll
Professor Gerald Deemer
Leo G. Carroll
Professor Gerald Deemer
Nestor Paiva
Sheriff Jack Andrews
Nestor Paiva
Sheriff Jack Andrews
Ross Elliott
Joe Burch
Ross Elliott
Joe Burch
Edwin Rand
Lt. John Nolan
Raymond Bailey
Professor Townsend
Hank Patterson
Josh
Bert Holland
B.E. 'Barney' Russell
Steve Darrell
Andy Andersen
Eddie Parker
Eric Jacobs
Unknown 18956
Airport Attendant
Unknown 18956
Townsman in Hotel Lobby
Eddie Parker
Paul Lund
Bud Wolfe
Bus Driver
Sailor Vincent
Townsman in Hotel Lobby
Vernon Rich
Ridley, Photographer
Don Dillaway
Jim Bagny
Unknown 18956
Townsman on Street
Wag Blesing
Townsman on Street
Unknown 18956
Andersen's Hand
Rusty Wescoatt
Pickup Driver
Jack Stoney
Pickup Passenger
James Hyland
Trooper Grayson
Jane Howard
Jean, Townsend's Assistant
Dee Carroll
Telephone Operator
Edgar Dearing
Tramp
Tom London
Jeb, Tramp
Jack Hendricks
Deputized Townsman
(not 100% sure)
Unknown 18956
Highway Patrolman with Sub-Machine Gun
Unknown 18956
Highway Patrolman with Sub-Machine Gun
Billy Wayne
Murphy
Robert R. Stephenson
Warehouseman
Bing Russell
Townsman Placing Dynamite
Unknown 18956
Townsman in Dynamite Truck
Unknown 18956
Townsman in Dynamite Truck
George DeNormand
Highway Patrolman
Unknown 18956
Townsman in Dynamite Truck
Unknown 18956
Townsman in Dynamite Truck
Robert Robinson
Charlie, Townsman
Clint Eastwood
Squadron Leader
Robert Nelson
Highway Patrolman
Ray Quinn
Highway Patrolman
Robert J. Wilke
Ranch Hand
Jack Hendricks
Stunts
Eddie Parker
Stunts
Jack Stoney
Stunts
Bud Wolfe
Stunts
Cessna 170
Hastings' Plane
Republic F-84 Thunderjet
Jet Taking Off
(stock footage)
Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star
Jets Attacking Tarantula
Dead Man's Point
Itself

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