US film (1954). Planet Filmways, Inc/United Artists. Produced and directed by W Lee Wilder. Written by Myles Wilder from his original story. Special effects by Lee Zavitz. Cast includes Rudolph Anders, Leslie Denison, Darlene Fields, Paul Langton, Rollin Moriyama, William Phipps (credited as Bill Phipps) and Teru Shimada. 71 minutes cut to 69 minutes. Black and white.
A botanical expedition in the Himalayan Mountains is commandeered by its lead Sherpa guide Subra (Shimada) after his wife Leva (Moriyama) is abducted by a legendary Yeti (see Apes as Human). During the search, the team discovers a family of the creatures living in a cave where Leva is being held; they manage to capture the elder male Yeti alive. Subra is forgiven for his insurrection after having been proven correct; arrangements are quickly made to have the creature shipped to the US. Arriving in Los Angeles, California, the bureaucrats proceed to squabble over whether the Yeti is an animal import, or a type of human. During this debate it escapes and is soon showing up in various parts of the city, This leads people to realize the creature is using the vast system of storm drains beneath the city to travel about unseen. A combined Los Angeles police and California National Guard military force shortly tracks the Yeti down, and slays it with little remorse, its status as animal or human rendered a moot point.
This is one of a trio of sf films made by W Lee Wilder during the decade, and is somewhat inferior to his Phantom from Space (1953). After reports of strange footprint-like tracks were made by mountain climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest in the 1950s, there were several sf Monster Movies dealing with the Yeti, most of them produced in the US. [GSt]
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