this is one of the earliest monster movies I ever remember... NOT seeing. it was aired on KWGN Channel 2 at 10 or 11 PM on a freaking Sunday night.
I did ask my mother if I could stay up to watch it, but alas, the answer was no. she told me the next morning she tried to wake me up so I could watch it. I believe her, because I had- and still do have- some odd, disjointed memories of the movie.
I saw the movie later on, probably the next year, in the afternoon slot on Channel 2, and it was very enjoyable. even then the end of the movie was very touching, and easily elevates the US version above the Japanese one.
Rodan never looked better than in this movie.