“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

Godzilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 7, 2019
1. Godzilla Marker
Inscription.  On November 3, 1954, Toho Studios in Japan released a monster movie that was an allegory of the atomic bombings and fire raids visited upon the Japanese during the closing months of the Second World War. Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, directed by Ishiro Honda, with special effects supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya and scored by Akira Ifukube, this grim, powerful, and moving film — known as “Gojira” — was seen by over nine million moviegoers and was one of the top-ten money grossing films of that year. Now considered a classic, the film also ushered-in Toho’s Golden age of Fantasy Films.

The following year, “Gojira” screened at the Toho Theater in Little Tokyo, where it attracted the attention of American film distributor Edmund Goldman, who later paid $25,000 for the theatrical and television rights to the film. To increase its appeal for American audiences, Terry Morse was hired to direct new footage to be inserted into the original Japanese film. The footage starred actor Raymond Burr and was filmed over a five day period at the studios of Visual Drama, Inc., located at 129 North Vermont Avenue. The
Godzilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 7, 2019
2. Godzilla Marker
The marker is on the right.
completed film, now called “Godzilla, King of the Monsters!” was released on April 4, 1956, by Trans World Pictures and introduced Japanese science-fiction films into popular western culture.

As the Americanization of Godzilla took place at this location in 1956, this plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of a milestone in motion picture history.
Erected 2006 by Eugene Hernandez, Principal, Belmont Elementary School; Godzilla Society of North America; Platrix Chapter No. 2 of E Clampus Vitus.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
Location. 34° 4.413′ N, 118° 17.568′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on North New Hampshire Avenue north of 1st Street. At Frank Del Olmo Elementary School, mounted to one of the columns at the top of the steps. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 N New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Southwestern Law School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hungarian Freedom Fight of 1956 (approx. 1.2 miles away); El Pueblo de Los Angeles (approx. 1.7 miles away); Kaiser Permanente (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hooray for Hollywood
Godzilla Movie Poster, 1956 image. Click for full size.
By Trans World
3. Godzilla Movie Poster, 1956
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Hattie McDaniel (approx. 1.7 miles away); Aimee Semple McPherson (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hollyhock House (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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