To study a rogue planet heading for a near-miss with Earth, Prof. Elliot sets up an observatory on the foggy moors of a remote Scottish island, with his pretty daughter and Dr. Mears, a former student with a shady past. Soon after arrival of reporter John Lawrence, a ship from Planet X just happens to land near the observatory. Is the visitor (who actually looks alien) benevolent? What are Mears' real motives for trying to communicate with it? Written by
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According to producer Jack Pollexfen, director Edgar G. Ulmer did rewrites, designed the moon and spaceship and glass paintings to expedite the production and cut down on expenses. See more »
When the alien's gas regulator begins to malfunction when he first confronts Lawrence and Elliott, he tries to turn the knob on his suit while standing up. But the close-up of him trying to turn the knob is an insert shot of a scene late in the film, when he is lying on the ground and again attempting to turn the knob back on. See more »
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Just saw this at the Edgar G. Ulmer retrospective at the American Cinematheque. I wasn't expecting much, but found it entertaining, well-paced and beautifully photographed. Robert Clarke discussed this 6-day, $41,000 curio after the screening. Seems this was the first film EVER to deal with aliens making contact with the Earth. It broke the house record at Oakland's Fox Theatre. If you can allow for the cheap sets, this one is worth a look. Ulmer's camera work, including numerous tracking shots, are superbly done. Also, the whole film was shot on the set for Ingrid Bergman's "Joan of Arc."
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