More Info The Andromeda Strain

Caged Monkey
To simulate the death of the monkey in this scene, an airtight set was used; the bottom of it was filled with carbon dioxide, so that when the monkey's cage was opened, he had to breathe the carbon dioxide. When he was just about to pass out, a waiting veteranarian immediately treated him with oxygen. Of course, no animals were harmed in the making of this film.

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Robert Wise on the set of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN.


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