Tarantula

Tarantula (1955)

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Prof. Gerald Deemer: I know, but the history of medicine is the history of the unusual.

Dr. Matt Hastings: Give women the vote and what do you get? Lady scientists.

Sheriff Jack Andrews: What have you got, Matt?
Dr. Matt Hastings: I don't know, but we gotta keep our minds open and our mouths shut till we DO know.

Dr. Matt Hastings: The desert, it gives people wonderful ideas.

Dr. Matt Hastings: But what if circumstances magnified one of them in size and strength, took it out of its primitive world and turned it loose in ours?
Prof. Townsend: Then expect something that's fiercer, more cruel and deadly than anything that ever walked the earth.

Dr. Matt Hastings: Listen, I'm just a country doctor, but I know what I know, and I know agromegalia doesn't turn up in four days out of left field.

Dr. Matt Hastings: If there's anything a man hates it's to be told he's wrong when he knows he's right.

Factual error: When they are driving in the convertible, before the tarantula attacks them with the stones, if you look at their hair, it's not moving with the wind. If they were driving a convertible that fast in real life, it would.

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Trivia: Clint Eastwood filmed his very first big-screen role as a jet fighter pilot (an uncredited speaking part) in 1955's "Tarantula"; later that afternoon on another set, Eastwood filmed his role as a lab assistant (a more extensive speaking role) in 1955's "Revenge of the Creature," making it a big day for a Hollywood newcomer.

Charles Austin Miller
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