Apologies for lack of details in advance. I'm am trying to place a movie that I saw a photo of in a Sci-Fi documentary book somewhere between 1979 to 1981. There is a dwarf sized humanoid creature that looks similar to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It is surrounded by men in I think radiation suits all armed with long rods, that I think glow at the pointy end. My impression was that it was a 50s or 60s movie but so far all my searches have failed. Thanks in advance.


I think this is from the 1929 version of Mysterious Island starring Lionel Barrymore.

Mysterious Island still

I've never actually seen it but grew up in the pre-VHS days reading about sci fi films. If I recall correctly what I read over 30 years ago, this is actually a publicity still which did not appear in the film.

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  • That is definately the scene I was thinking off albeit I thought the creature was a little taller, the rods a bit more horizontal and the suits a little whiter. Thanks muchly. – Swanny Oct 2 '14 at 0:00
  • Glad that the hours I spent reading these books have finally paid off! – James McLeod Oct 2 '14 at 1:40

I think it's "20 Million Miles to Earth". The monster, the Ymir, was brought back from Venus. It starts out very small, but it keeps growing and growing.


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  • I'm paging through it on the Internet Archive ( archive.org/details/20MillionMilesToEarth1957 ), but have not seen the scene yet. – FuzzyBoots Jun 28 '14 at 14:35
  • I think I've seen that one. It's an old Ray Harryhausen if I'm not mistaken. I don't think that's it but I might check it out to be sure. Thanks for the help. – Swanny Jul 16 '14 at 2:09

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