Godzilla marks his 60th anniversary this year, but it took two before his 1st film reached American shores, re-edited and dubbed into English, with additional footage added.
We all know the story. Godzilla, or Gojira in Japanese, rises from the depths of the ocean, and starts by destroying ocean liners, killing innocents. Inevitably, Godzilla reaches land, and not even electrical power lines can stop it. For American audiences, the additional material involves a United World News reporter, Steve Martin (Raymond Burr), who serves as the narrator. Martin was en route to Cairo on assignment when he stopped in Tokyo to visit a friend, and ran into the story of a lifetime.
Here's the trailer:
It was one year before Burr achieved iconic status as Perry Mason, but before "Godzilla", he was already an accomplished radio & film star. When Toho, the Japanese studio behind "Godzilla", decided to remake the original classic in the 80's, Burr was called back to reprise as Martin, and it would be the final time he'd be associated with the franchise.
I think you can understand how the current version has much to live up to.