->'''Ralph:''' Well, we did it.\\
'''Richard:''' Yeah, we did it... we brought [[StuffBlowingUp civilization]] to Planet Nova.

''King Dinosaur'' is a 1955 SciFi BMovie produced by Robert Lippert (known for ''Film/RocketshipXM'', ''Film/LostContinent'' and ''Film/JungleGoddess'') and filmed in three days by quickie king Creator/BertIGordon.

The story is predicated on the notion that a new solar system has set up shop "a half-year's rocket flight away" from our own. A group of intrepid scientists turned space travelers -- "zoographer" Richard Gordon (Douglas Henderson), mineralogist Nora Pierce (Patti Gallagher), physician Ralph Martin (Bill Bryant) and chemist Patricia Bennett (Wanda Curtis) -- blast off (via stock footage of Germany's V-2 rocket) to explore the earth's new neighbors.

Upon landing on one of the planets (actually the mountains surrounding UsefulNotes/LosAngeles) the scientists confront all manner of outsized reptiles (courtesy of clips from ''Film/OneMillionBC''). When the planet's "dinosaurs" threaten our heroes, the huge lizards are dissipated by an atomic-bomb blast (more library footage). Having made the planet safe for colonization (?), the space travelers return to Earth.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode see [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E10KingDinosaur here]].

!!King Troposaur:
* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: The only apparent difference is the bacteria.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The "giant bee" is actually an Orthoptera, probably a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket Jerusalem cricket]].
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Dick notes that the giant iguana is identical to the tyrannosaurus rex. Um... no?[[note]]'''Servo:''' ''(firmly)'' That's an iguana from Pet World.[[/note]]
* BeeAfraid: Especially giant, superimposed bees.
* ChekhovsGun: The atomic battery.
* ClothingDamage: Both Ralph and Nora get some of this in separate animal attacks; but Dick tops everyone when he has to [[ShirtlessScene tear his entire shirt off]] to make a tourniquet.
* DeathBySex: Subverted twice over, in that they don't die and they didn't even get to the sex -- but it's a close call on both counts.
%%* DeusExNukina
%%* HardWorkMontage
* ItsAllMyFault: Ralph's near death-by-croc comes as a side result of his and Pat's sneaking off to snog in the night. Pat is so distraught by this that she is [[NeutralFemale unable to help patch him up afterward]].
* {{Jerkass}}: [[MeaningfulName Dick]] spends a lot of time pushing the women around -- literally. [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 The 'bots]] call him out for this.
* [[StuffBlowingUp Lizards Blowing Up]]
* MightyWhitey: It's a TheFifties sci-fi BMovie, so it's fairly inevitable.
* NeutralFemale: Invoked and enforced by Dick; when the ladies volunteer to share night watch duties, he quickly shoots the idea down. Of course, Dick seems GenreSavvy because given a chance to act, they both panic.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Very clearly averted, particularly in the "iguana vs. crocodile" fight.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Not so much for their respective scientific fields per se (although the zoologist does a good job doctoring up the doctor), but rather the mission as a whole; note the rocket's complete and total lack of '''astronauts'''.
* PseudoCrisis: Several:
** Ralph is attacked early on by a crocodile and injured badly; however, he's pretty much fully recovered within a few scenes (two days' time, in-story). After that, his weakened state becomes essentially an InformedFlaw.
** The giant bee; they simply shoot it dead -- although it did take a lot of shots.
** At one point, a snake slides and shimmeys across a sleeping Ralph's body while Dick looks on helplessly. After a minute, the snake gets bored and departs of its own volition.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: And not just the giant ones; Pat very nearly has a complete meltdown when a snake gets fresh. [[note]]To be completely fair, of course, lots of folk have strong snake phobias.[[/note]]
* ScreamingWoman: For cryin' out loud, Pat!
* ShirtlessScene: Dick needed to wrap a wound.
* StockFootage: Not unlike ''Film/TheDeadlyMantis'' (which would feature in [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] some years later), ''King Dinosaur'' opens with about ten minutes of stock footage. Unlike the latter, however, here the stock footage is actually relevant to the story at hand -- it details construction of the rocket which will take the scientists to Planet Nova.
** The stock footage also includes a callout to the [[ChekhovsGun atomic battery]] and its explosive potential.
** The giant bee is clearly taken from another film, seeing as it never appears in the same shot as the characters.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In order to outrun a giant iguana, the scientists... plant an atom bomb. Makes sense.
* TitleDrop
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: One of the scientists cheerfully says that she doubts they'll see any race of super beings - just after they'd been attacked ''by a bee the size of a car''. FacePalm.