Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
Bernard Woolner, Jacques R. Marquette (executive) for Woolner Brothers, Allied Artists
directed by Nathan Hertz (= Nathan Juran)
starring Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon, George Douglas, Ken Terrell, Otto Waldis, Eileen Stevens, Michael Ross, Frank Chase], Dale Tate], [Thomas E. Jack, Dale Tate, Thomas E. Jackson
written by Mark Hanna, music by Ronald Stein
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Harry Archer (William Hudson) and his mistress Honey (Yvette Vickers)
want to see to it that his rich wife Nancy (Allison Hayes) is committed to
an asylum - and the chances aren't too bad since she has been on rehab for
drinking once already and doesn't seem to be the most stable person as it
is. When one day she reports to the local Sheriff (George Douglas) she has
just seen an UFO and a giant, she seems to play right into Harry and
Honey's hands - but then she's really abducted by a giant from an UFO, and
when she is returned, she's suffering from rapid growth. Two specialists
(Roy Gordon, Otto Waldis) figure out a way to help her, but to perform
surgery on her, they need her husband's permission ... but Harry figures
if the specialists can't operate Nancy might die, so he hides out with
Honey for a few days. Thing is, when Nancy is about 50 feet high, she
decides to go looking for her husband and wrecks half the city in the
process of finding him. Once she's got him though, she stumbles into a
powerline and electrocutes them both.
A film that's by far not
as good as its posterart, but also not as bad as many critics make it seem
to be: Sure, the special effects are done in an especially shoddy manner,
even considering the film was made in the 1950's, and the giant woman
action is actually kept to a minimum towards the end of the whole thing -
but then again, the whole plot of the film is so endearingly far-fetched
and silly you have to kind of love it. Granted, you'll love it for all the
wrong reasons, but isn't love supposed to be blind?