The Magnetic Monster (1953)





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Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field has magnetized every metal item in the store. Investigating further, they eventually trace the source of the magnetism to an airborn flight carrying scientist Howard Denker, now dying of radiation poisoning, who has carted on board with him a new radioactive element which he has bombarded with alpha particles for 200 hours. The element, dubbed 'serranium' grows geometrically by creating matter out of energy which it absorbs from metallic objects surrounding it. Stewart calculates that if the substance is not destroyed soon that within 24 hours or so it will have grown large enough to throw Earth out of its orbit.
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Ivan Tors Productions


Richard Carlson
as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Jean Byron
as Connie Stewart
Leo Britt
as Dr. Benton
King Donovan
as Dr. Dan Forbes
Harry Ellerbe
as Dr. Allard
Leonard Mudie
as Dr. Denker
Michael Fox
as Dr. Serny
John Zaremba
as Chief Watson
Frank Gerstle
as Colonel Willis
John Vosper
as Captain Dyer
Bill Benedict
as Albert
Lee Phelps
as City Engineer
John Dodsworth
as Cartwright
Jarma Lewis
as Stewardess
Jeane Byron
as Connie Stewart
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Critic Reviews for The Magnetic Monster

All Critics (2)

What sounds like a ludicrous exercise in 1950s sci-fi actually turns out to be a fairly involving thriller ... even if there really isn't a monster in the traditional sense.

Full Review… | June 25, 2016
Creative Loafing

Menacing SF pic about the dangers of nuclear energy in experiments that take a wrong turn.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
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If you're looking for a real and scary monster, you won't find it in this film. I wish I could of gotten more into this film, but I think a lot of it was due to there not being a 'real' monster.

Jesse Richardson
Jesse Richardson

In nuclear research there is no place for lone wolves A series of nuclear tests leads to a strange monster being created. The monster can bend and control anything metal and feeds on energy. A scientist and his wife conduct research on the nuclear tests and those responsible for creating the monster in hopes of finding a way to destroy it. "The maniac sings with strange voices when it's working." Curt Siodak, director Bride of the Gorilla, Love Slaves of the Amazons, The Devil's Messenger, and Ski Fever, delivers The Magnetic Monster. The storyline for this picture is fairly standard for the science fiction genre; however, the characters are very well written and presented. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the monster, which was disappointing. The cast includes Richard Carlson, King Donovan, and Jean Byron. "It's hungry. It has to feed constantly." The Magnetic Monster recently aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) double feature night (they actually aired four monster movies). We looked forward to watching these science fiction pictures and were disappointed by this film. The acting and characters were wonderful and the movie was fairly well written; but without a great monster, it is tough to have a great monster movie. "Police will be instructed to shoot to kill." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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