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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  27 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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(screenplay), (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by), 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 ...
Bit Part (unconfirmed)
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Howard Hawks' Astounding Movie See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Scotty mentions being at the execution of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray. This is a real case. The couple were tried for and convicted of the murder of Snyder's husband in 1927 and were executed in New York by the electric chair. See more »

Goofs

The first close view of the creature behind the door of the greenhouse is exiting and powerful, with wood chips flying everywhere when he takes a swing at the cast. But when viewed in slow motion it's obvious that his hand comes nowhere near the door and an explosive charge is used to blow out the wood towards the camera. Similarly when he draws his trapped hand back inside, chips blow outward and not inward as they would naturally. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: [heard over P.A] Come on, Mr. Martian and get some nice Scotch blood. One hundred proof. Nothing like it... for babies!
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Crazy Credits

Only technical and production credits precede the film, no acting credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Xtro 3: Watch the Skies (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dying Cowboy aka Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
(uncredited)
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Portion whistled by William Self
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Keep Watching the Skies!
27 October 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

One of the best science fiction pictures from the fifties, and one that helped define the genre, The Thing holds up remarkably well today. There's still considerable debate over whether producer Howard Hawks actually directed the film or credited director(and former editor) Christian Nyby. It's a Hawks production either way, and one of his best. The story of an alien invasion near the arctic circle, it builds slowly, relying heavily on the excellent, slangy dialogue of Charles Lederer, and the casual, jokey relationships between the various characters. This is lean, solid, old-fashioned moviemaking. There's not a wasted moment in this one. Hollywood in the studio era was especially good with stories of isolation, and this one's about as isolated as it gets. The monster is rarely seen, as we catch him only in horrifying glimpses, as the characters in the movie do. There's a standard brains versus brawn subtext in the film, but it's not emphasized to the movie's detriment. That the cast consists mostly of relative unknowns give the picture an almost documentary feeling at times, as if one were watching an actual event. Dimitri Tiomkin's spooky score helps spur the action on. This is a fine piece of commercial film-making, with everyone doing his job, and no "star turns". Nobody gets the upper hand here, not the actors, director, writer, cinematographer or alien. Everything comes together in the end. This is a perfect movie of its kind.


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