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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1951 (Brazil)
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.


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(screenplay), (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)
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Airs Sat. Oct. 29, 4:45 PM on TCM

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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sheridan ...
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Douglas Spencer ...
Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Ken 'Mac' MacPherson
William Self ...
Sally Creighton ...


Scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out! Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Release Date:

22 July 1951 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World  »

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Technical Specs


| (re-issue) | (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, it was intended to make the creature a shape-changer as in the novel, but the limited budget forced the film makers to drop the idea. Early conceptual sketches depict a very plant-like looking creature with one of its limbs seemingly undergoing a transformation into a human hand. See more »


The block of ice that contains the Thing they chop out would have to weigh close to a ton, and therefore near-impossible to lift out of the ice, or have the dog sled move it easily, or lift it into the plane. See more »


Nikki: Anybody around here want some coffee?
Hendry: No, but you can come in.
Nikki: That's the only reason I brought it. I was hoping you'd ask me.
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George Fenneman, who has a speaking part in the film, is not credited or mentioned on this web page. See more »


Can't Get Out of This Mood
Music by Jimmy McHugh
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A Timeless Sci-Fi Classic Regardless of Era
16 July 2003 | by (Waterford,Michigan) – See all my reviews

The Thing From Another World is one of the top ten science fiction movies of all time. The original version feeds on our paranoia of the times as well as the fears of the atomic age and invasion from outerspace. Remember Mr. Arnold first saw what was called flying saucers only a few short years earlier. The acting and storyline are tight and first rate. The claustraphobia from being confined inside the North Pole with an alien running amoke is done very well. The cast rounds out the movie quite well with great performances of all of the characters. Granted to soem the movie may seem dated and lack special effects of the remake, but the remake does not capture the times and the fear of the so called Reds that this does. The Thing From Another World has to rank in the top ten. As a kid I thought it was one of the better, not to mention more frightening science fiction movies, up there with War of the Worlds and The Day The World Stood Still. This stands up story wise. Not all science fiction needs to have effects on the order of Star Wars. Sometimes, like horror, it's what you don't see that can get to you. This is a timeless classic. IT has to be in the top ten sci-fi films of all time. If you don't rent it, buy it. You will love it!

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