1956 ***1/2 80 mins.
Although the original Japanese film Gojira got a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in 1954, it was hacked to pieces, filled with new scenes starring American actor Raymond Burr, and released as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! in 1956. It's still an enjoyable film, worth watching if you simply refuse to watch a foreign film with subtitles. Although, if you are one of those people, I say shame on you! Foreign language films are amazing, and you're denying yourself a world of magnificent cinema. As someone who adores the original Gojira, watching this one is difficult for me, as the scenes with Raymond Burr feel quite out of place.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Takeo Murata and Ishiro Honda
Original Story by
English Dialogue by
Al C. Ward
Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse