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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – Ray Harryhausen was the FIRST?

January 26, 2015

I am not certain if I may have possibly just created a new ‘film trivia factoid’ about this? Stop Motion Works did some searching and we could not find any bloggers, cinema historians, or articles spotlighting or documenting this ….

“60 years ago, Ray Harryhausen may have been the FIRST in the MOVIES, where the iconic landmark, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, in an imaginary-fantasy-science fiction scenario, (the bridge) receives significant & catastrophic damage in It Came from Beneath the Sea (1953)”

The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. So currently in the year 2015 that makes the bridge 78 years old. Just ponder this … when Ray’s Octopus was unleashed into the San Francisco Bay back in 1953, the bridge was ‘only’ 18 years old! Here is brief clip from the original 1953 B-movie classic, It Came from Beneath the Sea, which was later (in 2007) digitally restored & colorized (under Harryhausen’s supervision) ….

Below are the other clips that I could find where the Golden Gate Bridge receiving some manner of destructive abuse. So …to the best of my knowledge, it appears Uncle Ray’s may be the earliest or oldest. If I am wrong, please correct me :) ….

Superman (1978)

The Core (2003)

Xmen: The Last Stand (2006)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) video game (not a movie)

Monsters vs Aliens (2009) CGI cartoon animation

Tippett Studio Ray Harryhausen 90th birthday (2010) Not a movie

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009) Starring Debbie Gibson :mrgreen:

Pacific rim (2013)

Godzilla (2014)


Another bridge on the USA east coast, the Brooklyn Bridge, was Imaginarily, partially or fully demolished, a few times, such as in Cloverfield (2008), and also, especially in Godzilla (1998) in a most spectacularly, unbelievable physics defying manner ….

The only other iconic landmark that I can think of that might have surpassed The Golden Gate Bridge in a science fiction/fantasy depiction in the ‘Cinema’, where the structure was subjected to some form of wreckage onslaughts, or it served as an apocalyptic aftermath symbolism (such as in the original Planet of the Apes), would be New York’s STATUE of LIBERTY. Just do an internet search yourself and you might discover, that Lady Liberty has experienced some suffering in the movies :(

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