The monster with the biblical name took the form of a Palaeosaurus as tall as Big Ben and nearly 200 ft long – and not only had the prehistoric monster become radioactive through atomic tests, it was also inherently charged with high tension electricity in the manner of electric eels!
It tore a steamship to bits, cruised up the Thames, wrecked the Woolwich Ferry, smashed Westminster Bridge and went berserk in the back streets of Bermondsey before being disposed of by a radium-tipped torpedo fired from a midget submarine.
Director Eugène Lourié built suspense and mood through evocative lighting and excellent use of Willis O’Brien’s stop-motion puppet.
The movie was retitled as The Giant Behemoth after its original release.
Lourié returned to the monster-attacks-London theme with Gorgo (1961).
Professor James Bickford