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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 »
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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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  (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)
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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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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87 min | USA:81 min (re-issue version) | USA:85 min (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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When they are all flying out to the crash site for the first time, they see where the aircraft has landed and discuss it. It touched down, skidded and then came to stop and melted through the ice. They show a long shot of the skid and where it finally stopped. If you slow motion the film or stop it, it reveals the following: At the beginning of the skid, the touchdown point, there is what looks like a guy in a hat knelt down by a machine of some sort. That could be the ice cutting machine that made the entire etching for the scene.See more »
Continuity: In the credits there is a listing for "Lt. Ken Erikson," but he's introduced to the reporter as "Lieutenant MacPhearson, " and is continually referred to throughout the film as either "Mac" or MacPhearson.See more »
Ned "Scotty" Scott:All right, fellas, here's your story: North Pole, November Third, Ned Scott reporting. One of the world's greatest battles was fought and won today by the human race. Here at the top of the world a handful of American soldiers and civilians met the first invasion from another planet...
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48 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Keep Watching the Skies!, 27 October 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

One of the best science fiction pictures from the fifties, and one that helped define the genre, The Thing holds up remarkably well today. There's still considerable debate over whether producer Howard Hawks actually directed the film or credited director(and former editor) Christian Nyby. It's a Hawks production either way, and one of his best. The story of an alien invasion near the arctic circle, it builds slowly, relying heavily on the excellent, slangy dialogue of Charles Lederer, and the casual, jokey relationships between the various characters. This is lean, solid, old-fashioned moviemaking. There's not a wasted moment in this one. Hollywood in the studio era was especially good with stories of isolation, and this one's about as isolated as it gets. The monster is rarely seen, as we catch him only in horrifying glimpses, as the characters in the movie do. There's a standard brains versus brawn subtext in the film, but it's not emphasized to the movie's detriment. That the cast consists mostly of relative unknowns give the picture an almost documentary feeling at times, as if one were watching an actual event. Dimitri Tiomkin's spooky score helps spur the action on. This is a fine piece of commercial film-making, with everyone doing his job, and no "star turns". Nobody gets the upper hand here, not the actors, director, writer, cinematographer or alien. Everything comes together in the end. This is a perfect movie of its kind.

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