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The Thing from Another World (1951)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  29 April 1951 (USA)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sheridan ...
Nikki
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Robert Cornthwaite ...
Douglas Spencer ...
James Young ...
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Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Ken 'Mac' MacPherson
William Self ...
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Sally Creighton ...
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Captain (unconfirmed)
Ted Cooper ...
Lieutenant (unconfirmed)
Milton Kibbee ...
Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Ray McDonald ...
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

29 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World  »

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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is believed that Ben Hecht and William Faulkner, both good friends of producer Howard Hawks, contributed to the script. However, long-standing rumors that Orson Welles contributed to the dialog are believed to be untrue. See more »

Goofs

In the Officers' Club early in the movie, money disappears from the middle of the poker table between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ned "Scotty" Scott: An intellectual carrot. The mind boggles.
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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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Dying Cowboy aka Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Traditional
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User Reviews

 
There is something more chilling than the North Pole here.
20 April 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"The Thing" without a doubt is one of the finest science fiction films ever made. A group of scientists and air force officers at an Arctic station discover something in the ice and that something sees them as dinner. The battle goes on in the claustrophobic station in a scenario that without a doubt was the model for the original "Aliens". The cast is a very fine ensemble and the direction is crisp and on the edge. Conversations overlap and at times runs simultaneously but the direction is so good that you miss nothing. Best of all is that this is one of those films where what you don't see is what scares you. There is no splatter or graphic detail but tantalizing hints that lets your mind conjure up your worst nightmare. A great one for a dark and stormy night.


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