Dinosaurus!

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Film (1960). Fairview Productions. Produced by Jack H Harris. Directed by Irvin S Yeaworth. Dinosaur animation by Tim Baar, Wah Chang. Dinosaur models designed by Marcel Delgado. Written by Dan E Weisbud, Jean Yeaworth from an original idea by Harris. Cast includes Kristina Hanson, Paul Lukather (Chuck), Gregg Martell, Ward Ramsey and Alan Roberts. 85 minutes. Colour.

Bart Thompson (Ramsey) is in charge of a construction crew working on an unnamed Caribbean Island, blasting in a harbour to deepen it. They break into a frozen chamber where two Dinosaurs are discovered, a Tyrannosaurus, and a Brontosaurus along with a Neanderthal man (Martell) who goes unnoticed at first. All three prove to be in Suspended Animation, however; after they have been brought ashore by a crane, a thunderstorm that night revives them. The Tyrannosaurus is soon wreaking havoc about the island while the friendly Neanderthal man is befuddled by modern housing, etc. The Brontosaurus is eventually wounded by the Tyrannosaur and sinks in a quicksand bog. After being trapped briefly by the Tyrannosaurus in an old mine, Bart, Betty Piper (Hanson), and the child Julio (Roberts) escape while the Neanderthal dies helping support the mine's roof long enough for them to get out. At the conclusion, near an old fort where everyone has taken refuge, Bart knocks the Tyrannosaurus off a cliff with a heavy digging machine – apparently killing the beast which sinks to the bottom of the sea.

Harris and Yeaworth had previously made the sf films The Blob (1958) and 4D Man (1959). Delgado made many of the models for prehistoric creatures used in the original King Kong (1933). [GSt]

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