The Beast of Yucca Flat (May 2, 1961)
Released on May 2, 1961: A scientist exposed to an A-bomb becomes a maniac killer in the Nevada Nuclear test desert called Yucca Flat.
Produced by Anthony Cardoza
Directed by Coleman Francis
Written by Coleman Francis
The Actors: Douglas Mellor (Hank Radcliffe), Barbara Francis (Lois Radcliffe), Bing Stafford (Policeman Jim Archer), Larry Aten (Policeman Joe Dobson), Linda Bielema (wife on vacation), Ronald Francis (Randy Radcliffe), Alan Francis (Art Radcliffe), Anthony Cardoza (KGB driver and the helpful neighbor), Bob Labansat (Javorsky's bodyguard), Jim Oliphant (husband on vacation), John Morrison (KGB passenger), Eric Tomlin (driver run off road), Jim Miles (Javorsky's driver), George Prince (man who reports murder), Conrad Brooks (man at airfield), Graham Stafford (news boy), Tor Johnson (Joseph Javorsky, the Beast of Yucca Flats), Lanell Cado (woman killed in opening scene), Coleman Francis (narrator and gas station attendant and man buying newspaper), Marcia Knight (Jim's wife), Joseph Luis Rubin (plice officer)
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Pre-Historic Beast in the Nuclear Age
I am imagining a warm Friday night in May of 1961, and the young fellow calls his best girl and invites her to go to the movies. He wants to take her to the Sky High drive-in so they can snuggle on the front seat in relative privacy while watching the movie on the huge outdoor screen. She asks what the movie is, and he replies that it is something about a beast in the desert and she asks who the star is . . . Natalie Wood is in West Side Story . . . Gregroy Peck is in The Guns of Navarone . . . who is in this movie? He thinks quickly and tells her that nobody famous is in the show, but his buddy Tommy says that it is a great picture . . . Tommy took his best girl to see it last weekend and he thought it was one of the best pictures ever. The girl asks him what the story is about, and the fellow tells her that a Russian scientist is going to the A-bomb test area at Yucca Flat, Nevada and he is exposed to radiation from an A-bomb test while Russian spies are chasing him and trying to kill him . . . The radiation turns the scientist into a deranged killer, strangling everyone he meets. A family on vacation gets right into the middle of the mess when their two young sons go wandering off into the desert. The father goes searching in the desert for his sons while two local-yokel cops are searching for the killer. When one of the cops sees the father wandering in the missile range he shoots him, thinking that the father is the mad killer. The two boys are still lost in the desert, but not to worry, the mad beast of Yucca Flat discovers them and gives chase!
"Doesn't it sound great, honey?" the boy asks his girlfriend over the phone.
"Well," she replies, "I think that I would like West Side Story more, but the popcorn is really good at the Sky High Drive-In, so when will you pick me up?"
Grab your best girl and a bowl of freshly popped white kernel popcorn drizzled with warm melted butter and pretend that the couch is the front seat of your 1958 Packard and enjoy the show.
Tor Johnson carries Linda Bielema into the desert
Jim Oliphant being strangled
Lanell Cado being strangled
Tor Johnson as the Beast of Yucca Flat