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Writers:
Charles Lederer (screenplay)
John W. Campbell Jr. (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)
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Release Date:
29 April 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Look Out...It's See more »
Plot:
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Awesome movie that holds up today! See more (223 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Margaret Sheridan ... Nikki

Kenneth Tobey ... Captain Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Arthur Carrington
Douglas Spencer ... Scotty
James Young ... Lt. Eddie Dykes

Dewey Martin ... Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols ... Lt. Ken 'Mac' MacPherson
William Self ... Corporal Barnes

Eduard Franz ... Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton ... Mrs. Chapman

James Arness ... 'The Thing'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Bray ... Captain (unconfirmed)
Ted Cooper ... Lieutenant (unconfirmed)
Milton Kibbee ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Ray McDonald ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Edgar Murray ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
H.B. Newton ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Carmen Nisbet ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
William J. O'Brien ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Jimmy Ogg ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Allan Ray ... Officer (unconfirmed)
Cap Somers ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Lucille Thompson ... Bit Part (unconfirmed)
Edmund Breon ... Dr. Ambrose (uncredited)
Nicholas Byron ... Tex Richards (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Dr. Chapman (uncredited)
George Fenneman ... Dr. Redding (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Lee, a Cook (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Dr. Vorhees (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Dr. Wilson (uncredited)
Tom Humphries ... Minor Role (uncredited)
King Kong ... Eskimo (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Brig. Gen. Fogarty (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Bill Stone (uncredited)
Walter Ng ... Second Cook (uncredited)
Charles Opunui ... Eskimo (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Dr. Laurence (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Capt. Smith - Fogarty's Aide (uncredited)
Riley Sunrise ... Eskimo (uncredited)
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Directed by
Christian Nyby 
Howard Hawks (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Charles Lederer (screenplay)

John W. Campbell Jr. (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)

Howard Hawks  uncredited
Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
Edward Lasker .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
John Hughes  (as John J. Hughes)
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
William Stevens (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Lee Greenway .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Walter Daniels .... production manager (uncredited)
Edward Donahue .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virgil Hart .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Maxwell O. Henry .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Siteman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Walter Allen .... nurseryman (uncredited)
Lucius O. Croxton .... art director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Phil Brigandi .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
Earl B. Mounce .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Donald Steward .... special effects
Ardell Lytle .... pyroeffects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... special photographic effects (as Linwood Dunn)
Harold E. Stine .... process photography (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Leslie Charles .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Griffin .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Lewin .... stunts (uncredited)
Teddy Mangean .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Moreland .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Regan .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Landon Arnett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Emmett Bergholz .... camera operator (uncredited)
George K. Hollister .... camera operator (uncredited)
Howard Schwartz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Archie Stout .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
T-Bone Thompson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Woulfe .... wardrobe: ladies
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Haakon Bergh .... musician: flute (uncredited)
John T. Boudreau .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Alexander DuVoir .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Henry Emerson .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Manny Harmon .... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Marsh .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Neely Plumb .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Edward Rebner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Tibor Shik .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"The Thing" - USA (short title)
"The Thing from Another World!" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
87 min | USA:81 min (re-issue version) | USA:85 min (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1971) | Finland:K-16 (1951) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Netherlands:18 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2006) | UK:12 (video rating) (1997) (1999) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #14925) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Two months prior to principal photography, James Arness was brought in during the design and development of the makeup.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the beginning of the picture the base is identified as being 2,000 miles away. The aircraft is a C47 (2-engine Dakota) with an absolute maximum one-way best circumstances range of 1,600 miles. The 400-mile shortfall is roughly the air distance between Philadelphia and Montreal.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Arthur Carrington:[about the carrot] Its development was not handicapped by emotional or sexual factors.See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Dying Cowboy aka Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieSee more »

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75 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Awesome movie that holds up today!, 14 January 2004
Author: (Lugosi2002@aol.com) from Nashville

While I love the remake very much I was finally able to see the original all the way thru without the colorization on TV. It is a truly awesome movie.

Comparing the two is not really fare or easy as Carpenter's version has the benefits of modern movie magic. But that is in my opinion the only place it excels. It seems in the remake all the characters are derelicts and for the most part not very likeable. In the original you had a sense of these people liking each other and sticking together.

Kenneth Tobey is a very good and believable leader of his men. He also shows a very human side in that he realizes he is not the smartest of men. He is what he is. A captain of a small band of Air Force Soldiiers simply doing their job.

Robert Cornblaithe is excellent as Dr. Carrington. He comes of snootish yet still likeable enough because you can see that deep down he really admires Captain Hendry (Tobey) though he can't see eye to eye with him on their situation or dealing of his "Thing From Another world."

Every character in the movie is well played. They all look like they belong in their roles. Their look and attire fit their characters and when one guy is called Professor so and so or whomever, you believe it unlike many movies in those days where they picked anyone to play the supporting actors. There is one thing though, Margaret Sheridan's pants pulled up almost to her neck line (exaggeration...but close) I could have done without. I realize it was a style of the times but I think they could have given her something a little better to show off her figure when you first meet her. Especially since she was the only female love interest and was tagged as "a pinup girl" in earlier scenes. She looks better when her hair is down and she is in different clothes. I know that is being picky but I just had to say it.

The creature is better presented in the original as far as being frightening. You hardly ever see him. When you do it's only for brief periods at a time and usually in the dark. That frightening sound of "The Thing" is very original in that it's not just a growl but sounds like a cat meowing at times. Very eerie!

The story is well known and both are similiar although I must admit the remake is closer to the actual Campbell JR.'s short tale. But the original still gives it a good account and in many ways surpasses the short story because it is easier to identify with the creature since he's humanoid.

It boils down to suspense, drama and mood versus gore, F/X, and fast paced action. Both movies are top notch. I am proud to own both and would not try and say one is overtly better than the other. The remake has the benefits of the then modern movie technology. The original had the benefit of black and white to add to the suspense and utter danger they are in. The choice is yours. I myself enjoy the original a little more as it holds up today probably better than any other Sci-Fi movie from that era.

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