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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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(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 ...
...
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

Scientist 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

Plot Keywords:

creature | captain | scientist | arctic | pilot | See more »

Taglines:

No One In This World Can Match The Menace Of "The Thing" (1957 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

29 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World  »

Company Credits

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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

It is generally believed that Howard Hawks took over direction during production, and it has always been acknowledged by director Christian Nyby that Hawks was the guiding hand. However, in an interview James Arness said that while Hawks spent a lot of time on the set, it was Nyby who actually directed the picture, not Hawks. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after landing the plane at the camp, the apparently stationary left propeller moves between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nikki: Say that again!
[She observes cold breath coming out of Scotty's mouth]
Ned "Scotty" Scott: Oh Nikki, not you, too!
Nikki: No, silly, your breath!
Ned "Scotty" Scott: Well, I'm sorry, but I've been under a great deal of strain lately!
Nikki: Oh, you ninny, look!
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
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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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