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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 »
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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 »
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After a Half-Century, Still a Joy! See more (220 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 
William Stevens 
 
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
 
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:
"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:12 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #14925) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Arness complained that his "Thing" costume made him look like a giant carrot.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:
[after a quick encounter with the Thing]
Hendry:Did you get your picture?
Ned "Scotty" Scott:No, you were in the way and the door wasn't open long enough.
Hendry:You want us to open it again?
Ned "Scotty" Scott:NO!
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55 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
After a Half-Century, Still a Joy!, 8 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD...the title conjures up lurid images from the countless 'B' SciFi flicks of the 50s, but as many SF, Howard Hawks, and Classic Cinema fans can attest, this is no sleazy schlockfest, but one of the most entertaining and exciting films ever made, by one of Hollywood's greatest directors.

Yes, the credits list Christian Nyby as director, but Howard Hawks was on the set nearly every day, each scene has elements of style unique to Hawks, alone, and even the cast members, when interviewed, have said Hawks ran the entire show. Perhaps, as Science Fiction films were not highly regarded in the early 50s, he felt his reputation might suffer if he acknowledged his contribution; perhaps he thought it might help Nyby's credentials if he were given credit for this masterfully crafted tale. Who knows? But rest assured...this IS a Howard Hawks film!

The story, based on John Campbell's short story, 'Who Goes There?', is a nifty, claustrophobic tale of a group of soldiers and scientists in the Arctic, discovering a giant 'flying saucer' under the ice. When the ship blows up during the excavation, the 'pilot', a huge green chlorophyll-based humanoid (played by a young James Arness), is recovered, frozen in a block of ice. Bringing the ice-encased figure back to the base, it is then accidentally thawed out...and all Hell brakes loose!

While the cast lacks big-name stars, each actor is wonderful, delivering wryly funny Hawks' dialogue at a breakneck pace. The military commander, Capt. Hendry (Kenneth Tobey), is a no-nonsense boss, respected and lovingly chided by his men, led by Dewey Martin, who constantly try to 'set him up' with a pretty scientist he had 'struck out' with, on leave in Anchorage (Margaret Sheridan). She is now at the base, assisting brilliant yet blissfully naive Dr. Arthur Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite), who, naturally, assumes 'the Thing' is only homicidal because he is misunderstood! As the truly frightening potential of the creature reveals itself, it becomes a race against time to destroy it, before it kills everyone, leaves the base, and reproduces countless seedlings of itself to conquer the world!

The FX are low-budget, but very effective, as is the extensive use of light and shadow, sound effects, and an eerie Dimitri Tiomkin score. Unlike the benevolent 'visitors' of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, this alien doesn't warn of total annihilation as the final option, should we carry our nuclear weapons into space; it's ONLY agenda is to kill!

This is a truly amazing film, one that has aged little, and is every bit as enjoyable today as when it was released.

As the tag line to the film warns us, "Look to the sky..."

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