Cain, Joe

Head of Department, and
Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology

Prof Cain's research interests include the history of evolutionary studies (especially the synthesis period in evolutionary studies), Darwin and Darwinism, history of science in London, and history of natural history.

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Film Nights at the Grant Museum

Film Nights: Creature from the Black Lagoon

A collaborative project between Prof Joe Cain and UCL Grant Museum of Zoology. We present films with connections to history of science and zoology. These films are selected both as classics in the genre and as films we think deserve wider public discussion. During the summer, we run films that fit into the "silly season," so expect delightful, but awful, films.


Screenings are scheduled as part of the Grant Museum's learning and access programme (link).

upcoming Film Nights

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  • The Three Ages, starring Buster Keaton (1923)
  • The Lost World (1925) - reshowing the first film in our series!
  • Behemoth (1959)

These include an opportunity to visit the museum.

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We're always looking for new suggestions. At every screening, audience members offer suggestions. We take them all seriously. As a result, I watch a lot of films! This is one of the ways I benefit from the film night series because there are always suggestions I don't know.

previous films

  1. Animal Farm (1954)
  2. Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
  3. Blob, The (1958)
  4. Call of the Wild (1935)
  5. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)
  6. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  7. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
  8. Empire of the Ants (1977)
  9. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  10. Fly, The (1958)
  11. Frankenstein (1931)
  12. Gojira [Godzilla] (1954)
  13. Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  14. Inherit the Wind (1960)
  15. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
  16. Killer Shrews, The (1959)
  17. King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World (1933)
  18. Lost World (1925)
  19. Lost World (1960)
  20. One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975)
  21. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  22. Quatermass and the Pit  (1967)
  23. Sanders of the River (1935)
  24. Skippy: The Bush Kangaroo (1968)
  25. Tarzan (1959)
  26. Them! (1954)
  27. This Island Earth (1955)
  28. Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
  29. Under the Caribbean (1954)
  30. Valley of Gwangi (1969)
  31. War of the Worlds (1953)
  32. When Worlds Collide (1951)
  33. Wolf Man (1941)

film fact

"It was Beauty that killed the Beast," is the famous closing line at the end of film, King Kong (1933). This is sourced from an "old Arabian proverb". The source is the setting card at the end of the film's sequence of title cards

' "And the prophet said: 'And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty. And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead." - Old Arabian Proverb'

This is entirely fictional. It was invented by the production to create context.

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Professor Joe Cain
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies