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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 bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

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, (uncredited)

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(screenplay), (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)
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Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Ken 'Mac' MacPherson
William Self ...
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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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WHAT IS IT? (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credits are unusual for its time in that they don't list a single member of the cast. See more »

Goofs

Near the north pole there is no day/night like in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ken McPherson: Hey Pat! The heat's off in the mess hall!
Dr. Chapman: No more oil coming in.
Ned "Scotty" Scott: Pat, it's off in there, too. Could the tank be empty?
Dr. Chapman: Filled the day before yesterday.
Ned "Scotty" Scott: The main line could be plugged. You better run outside and fix it.
Hendry: And probably run smack into our visitor. He'll be waiting for you to do just that.
Lt. Ken McPherson: We underestimate this guy.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
(uncredited)
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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