The Magnetic Monster 1953

Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field has magnetized every metal item in the store. Investigating further, they eventually trace the source of the magnetism to an airborn flight carrying scientist Howard Denker, now dying of radiation poisoning, who has carted on board with him a new radioactive element which he has bombarded with alpha particles for 200 hours. The element, dubbed 'serranium' grows geometrically by creating matter out of energy which it absorbs from metallic objects surrounding it. Stewart calculates that if the substance is not destroyed soon that within 24 hours or so it will have grown large enough to throw Earth out of its orbit.

The Cast

Richard Carlson-Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
King Donovan-Dr. Dan Forbes
Jean Byron-Connie Stewart
Harry Ellerbe-Dr. Allard
Leo Britt-Dr. Benton
Leonard Mudie-Howard Denker
Byron Foulger-Mr. Simon
Michael Fox-Dr. Serny

The Director: Curt Siodmak
The Writers: Curt Siodmak, Ivan Tors
Music by: Blaine Sanford ,Paul Beaver

Film Trivia

Uses stock footage of the underground magneto-dynamo from the German science fiction thriller Gold (1934).
Although credited to Curt Siodmak, most of the film was actually directed by Herbert L. Strock, who was hired by Ivan Tors for his skills as an editor, which were viewed as essential for a film that relied so much on stock footage.
The jet fighter shown as transporting the "magnetic monster" was a Lockheed "Shooting Star" T-33 two-seat pilot training aircraft.
The bomber that transported the scientists was a North American B-45 Tornado.
Although she was billed third, the shooting schedule was so tight that Jean Byron shot all of her scenes in one day.