The Giant Claw (1957)

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American poster for The Giant Claw
The Giant Claw
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Paul Gangelin,
Samuel Newman
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Rating Approved
Running Time 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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The Giant Claw is a 1957 American giant monster film distributed by Columbia Pictures and directed by Fred F. Sears.


A seemingly invincible giant alien bird called La Carcagne spreads destruction across the Earth's skies. Two romantically-involved scientists team up with the U.S. Air Force to stop her.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Fred F. Sears
  • Written by   Paul Gangelin and Samuel Newman
  • Produced by   Sam Katzman
  • Music by   Mischa Bakaleinikoff
  • Cinematography by   Benjamin H. Kline
  • Edited by   Anthony DiMarco and Saul A. Goodkind
  • Assistant Directing by   Leonard Katzman
  • Special Effects by   Ralph Hammeras, George J. Teague, and Lawrence W. Butler


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Jeff Morrow   as   Mitch MacAfee
  • Mara Corday   as   Sally Caldwell
  • Morris Ankrum   as   Lt. Gen. Edward Considine
  • Louis Merrill   as   Pierre Broussard
  • Edgar Barrier   as   Dr. Karol Noymann
  • Robert Shayne   as   Gen. Van Buskirk
  • Frank Griffin   as   Pete - Pilot
  • Clark Howat   as   Maj. Bergen
  • Morgan Jones   as   Lieutenant, Radar Officer



Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Theatrical Releases

  • United States - June 1957

Video Releases

Sony DVD (2007) [Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman]

Mill Creek DVD (2014) [Sci-Fi Creature Classics]

i-catcher Media Blu-ray (2017)

  • Region: B/2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English, German (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Subtitles: German
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Ingo Strecker and Thomas Kerpen, audio commentary by Dr. Rolf Giesen, Uwe Sommerlad, and Ivo Scheloske, introduction by Dr. Rolf Giesen (5 minutes), American opening credits (1 minute), Spanish opening credits (1 minute), American trailer (2 minutes), Super 8 digest version (9 minutes), photo slideshow (3 minutes)


American The Giant Claw trailer
Ken Films Super 8 digest version of The Giant Claw



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Max Stryker

4 months ago
Score 1

A bird as big as a battleship;

a movie as dumb as a rock!