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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:
27 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:
Classic despite the message See more (236 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' Kashey ... 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)

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 .... music director
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)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor (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:
1.78 : 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: DVD audio commentary) (2006) | UK:12 (video rating) (1997) (1999) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) (video rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14925) | West Germany:12

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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:
Continuity: When the C-47 transport first lands at the base, the plane comes to a halt, the propellers stop, the door opens, and the crew and passengers climb out. Not only is one of the propellers suddenly in a new position, but there is also a buildup of snow on the wing that was not there a moment before.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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Soundtrack:
A Lovely Way to Spend an EveningSee more »

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59 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Classic despite the message, 7 December 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In a remote arctic location, a military unit gets a call from a research unit to come and investigate a reported plane crash. On arrival the unit travel out to the site to find that the plane is actually a disk shaped craft of unidentified metal. However, on trying to remove it from the ice they destroy the craft but salvage it's frozen pilot. Back at base the `thing' defrosts with violent results and the survivors are faced with destroying man's only contact with alien life or being destroyed themselves.

Like many people (I assume) I saw the 80's remake before I saw the original, so I came to it with an idea already formed about what the `thing' meant to me. So it was good to step back to the original and see what made this film stand out from a raft of `reds in the bed' type sci-fi's that were around at the time. The plot is intelligent and interesting enough to sustain interest despite the fact that direct conflict with the thing is limited to a few key scenes. The tension is helped by the thing being sufficiently unseen to create a sense of unknown menace and the shadows are well placed.

The action can't compare to the remake in terms of effects, but it is well staged. As I just said, the limited view of the alien we have means it doesn't lose impact due to poor effects. One scene in particular is very good – the fire scene in the room. It is dramatic and well staged for maximum effect. If the film does have a weakness it is that it is a Hawks film. Most of his touches are good – the romantic banter, the group theme – but for me his political view was a tad heavy.

In many sci-fi's we see the aliens come to earth in peace and it is only mankind's own violence that puts us at risk. Here mankind attacks any alien immediately without any idea of peace or preserving the specimen. The only character who puts this line forward is made to look weak and foolish compared to the rest. No, Hawks is no dove! His line is that any outsiders must e treated with fear and dealt with as strongly as required. I don't agree with this line of reasoning so it took away from the film for me, but the rest of it was very enjoyable.

The acting is top rate – a mix of banter and B-movie, strong jawed American heroes! Overall this may be seen as dull or slow for the generation that has grown up on Kurt Russell freezing in the final scene but it is a classic in it's own right and is a much more accomplished piece of work for my money. Despite some weaknesses in Hawks personal beliefs this is a atmospheric and tense piece of sci-fi.

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