Godzilla (us version) : King of the monsters (1956)

Godzilla King of the Monsters




Original title : Kaijû-ô Gojira

Director : Ishirô Honda, Terry Morse

Main Cast : Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada

Company : Toho

It was Edmund Goldman who found the original Godzilla in a California Chinatown theater. He bought the international rights for $25,000, then sold them to Jewell Enterprises Inc.

The adaptation process consisted of filming numerous new scenes featuring Raymond Burr and others, and inserting them into an edited version of the Japanese original to create a new film.

The new scenes were written by Al C. Ward and directed by Terry Morse. Burr's character (Steve Martin) appeared to interact with the original Japanese cast through intricate cutting and the use of doubles for the Japanese principals, in matching dress, shot from behind in direct interaction with Burr's character. The result is... a pretty catastrophic movie..

Tôhô released this American version of its own Gojira (1954) to Japanese audiences in 1957. The japanese poster is pretty nice !!

Godzilla pt.2 : Counter Attack (1955)
Godzilla pt.3 : King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)
Godzilla pt.4 : Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Godzilla pt.7 : Big Duel in the North Sea (1966)
Godzilla pt.8 : Son of Godzilla (1967)