La Carcagne

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La Carcagne
La Carcagne in The Giant Claw
Alternate names The Giant Claw, Claw, Giant Claw,
A Bird as Big as a Battleship
Subtitle(s) Giant Monster Bird
(巨大怪鳥,   Kyodai Kaichō)[1]
Species Giant extraterrestrial bird
Enemies Humans
First appearance The Giant Claw

La Carcagne is a giant alien bird monster that appeared in the 1957 film The Giant Claw.

Name[edit | edit source]

La Carcagne's name likely comes from a fictional French-Canadian legend featured in the 1951 Samuel Hopkins Adams short story "Grandfather and a Winter's Tale".[2] This name in turn came from carcague, a misspelling of the French word for "wolverine" (carcahou) that Rufus B. Sage used in his 1857 book Rocky Mountain Life.

Design[edit | edit source]

With her long, featherless neck, La Carcagne resembles a vulture, albeit one with bulging eyes and a few tufts of hair on her head. Unlike Earth birds, she also possesses a prominent set of sharp teeth in her beak.

History[edit | edit source]

The Giant Claw[edit | edit source]

A gigantic bird, purported to come from an antimatter galaxy, is responsible for all the incidents. MacAfee, his girlfriend, Dr. Karol Noymann, Gen. Considine and Gen. Van Buskirk work feverishly to develop a way to defeat this seemingly invincible enemy. The climactic showdown takes place in Manhattan, with the bird attacking both the Empire State Building and the United Nations buildings. She is defeated by a special type of isotope which brings down her antimatter shield, allowing missiles to kill the bird, after which she crashes into the ocean and sinks to the bottom.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Flight[edit | edit source]

La Carcagne in flight

La Carcagne can fly at sufficient speeds to engage fighter jets.

Antimatter shield[edit | edit source]

La Carcagne can protect herself with an invisible antimatter shield that is impervious to all military arms, including nuclear weapons. She does not use the shield offensively, preferring to attack human vehicles with tooth and claw.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

A bombardment of muonic atoms will disable La Carcagne's antimatter shield. In the film, this is achieved with a device called the Mu-Meson Cannon. Without the shield to protect her, she is completely susceptible to conventional weapons.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: La Carcagne/Gallery.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • None of the actors who worked on The Giant Claw were aware of La Carcagne's less than terrifying appearance during filming. Star Jeff Morrow had this to say about the experience: "The director, Fred Sears, just told us, 'All right, now you see the bird up there, and you're scared to death! Use your imagination.' But the first time we actually got to see it was the night of the premiere. The audience couldn't stop laughing. We were up on the screen looking like idiots, treating this silly buzzard like it was the scariest thing in the world. We felt cheated, that's for sure, but they told us afterward that they just ran out of money. They couldn't afford anything except this stupid puppet...I was never so embarrassed in my entire life."[3]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for La Carcagne. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 人類危機一髪!巨大怪鳥の爪 [DVD]. Amazon. Retrieved on 27 October 2021.
  2. Smith, Richard Harland. The Giant Claw (1957). Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved on 9 January 2022.
  3. Medved, Harry, and Michael Medved. Son of Golden Turkey Awards. New York: Villard, 1986. Print.


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