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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Although SAG minimum was $175 per week, Robert Clarke's pay was $175 for the entire film. His final check was $210 with overtime. See more »
When Dr. Mears tries to overcome the alien by shutting off his breathing apparatus, you can see the circular hole in the top of the aliens helmet enabling the actor Pat Goldin to breath. See more »
What'd you do to him back there in the dungeon?
Do to him? Why I didn't do anything. Nothing at all.
He showed a definite disposition for friendliness when I left.
Well how can you talk of him as if her were a human being? How do we know what thought processes run through his head? How can we even assume that he thinks like we do? How can you anticipate what a fantastic organism like that might do or might no do?
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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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