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First Friday: King Dinosaur

See a prehistoric world of fantastic adventure come to life!

King Dinosaur movie posterRALEIGH — It’s Terrifying! Fantastic! Startling! It’s “King Dinosaur,” this month’s First Friday feature at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, showing Friday, November 5 at 7 pm.

What happens when four romantically inclined scientists are sent to explore a new planet (Nova) that has moved into Earth’s solar system? Well, let’s just say there’s never been a thrill like this!

“King Dinosaur” (1955) stars William Bryant as Dr. Ralph Martin, a man whose war service “fortifies him with the experience of treating most diseases and fatalities that overtake man.” That’s some power. Bryant never quite found his mark on the big screen, but was an avid collector of bit parts in popular TV series over the years, including “Simon & Simon” in the 1980s, “Emergency!” in the ‘70s, “Bonanza” in the ‘60s, and “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” in the ‘50s.

Dr. Richard Gordon is played by Douglas Henderson, a similarly skilled and well travelled actor who has gone to Mars with Abbott and Costello, toured the Yukon with Sergeant Preston, and explored the Outer Limits. He did, however, manage to share a movie set with Frank Sinatra in “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962), with Richard Burton in “The Sandpiper” (1965), and appeared fairly regularly as Col. James Richmond in “The Wild Wild West” in the late ‘60s.

The movie is narrated by Marvin Miller, a prolific voice-over actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role as Michael Anthony — the man who passed out a weekly check on more than 200 episodes of the TV series "The Millionaire" (1955) — and as the voice of Robby the Robot in “Forbidden Planet” (1956). Miller also won Grammy Awards for his recordings of Dr. Seuss stories “If I Ran the Zoo” and “Sleep Book” (1967) and “Fox in Socks” and “Green Eggs and Ham” (1966). Miller even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Watch the “King Dinosaur” trailer:

Before the movie, enjoy a unique and scientific look at nature’s slime-making, vomit-munching and dookie-loving creatures as the Museum opens its newest special exhibit, ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY. Adapted from a best-selling children’s book series, this exhibit features activities such as “The Slime Game (modeled after “The Dating Game”), which showcases three of nature’s slimiest creatures answering questions about themselves and their environment to determine which animal is the “King of Slime.” All adult tickets discounted after 5 pm; last ticket sold at 7 pm.

The Museum stays open from 5 to 9 pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to wander through eye-catching exhibits, and enjoy snacks and beverages for sale from the Acro Café. Additionally, the Museum Store offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30–8:30 pm) for members of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, whose “Handcrafted Adornments” will be on display in the Nature Art Gallery November 5–28. All exhibited art is for sale.