in about 100 words or less
Japan/US 80m, B&W
Directors: Terry Morse, Ishirō Honda; Cast: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiro Hirata, Haruo Nakajima, Katsumi Tezuka
King of the Monsters is a heavily edited and dubbed version of the original Godzilla movie – Gojira (1954). Though much of the film’s original footage was used, additional scenes with Raymond Burr – as journalist “Steve Martin” where shot which placed the American as an injured party at the centre of Tokyo’s destruction. Burr’s narration throughout the film is used to describe situations and dialogue which did not fit the new plot, which skirted the anti-nuclear message of Gojira. Despite the sometimes clumsy editing, which also placed the much taller american actorr in the background of many of the scenes, King of the Monsters was significant insofar as it brought Godzilla to the shores of North America (Klaus Ming February 2012).