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When Worlds Collide (1951) Poster

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George Pal wanted to film the novel's sequel, "After Worlds Collide," which depicted the struggle of human survivors on the alien planet. However, the failure of his film Conquest of Space (1955) badly damaged his career and the sequel was never made.
There is a shot toward the end of a group of people sitting around a country store listening to the radio. Among them the little boy and dog later rescued by helicopter. The same shot shows up in The War of the Worlds (1953)
The rocket was designed by space artist Chesley Bonestell.
The rights to the story by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer were originally bought in 1933 by Paramount, when director Cecil B. DeMille was planning a related project called "The End of the World." DeMille had hoped to rush the project into production after filming wrapped on This Day and Age (1933), but the script was never even written and the studio scrapped the project.
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When the effects of Zyra are shown there is a shot of a volcano erupting where the side of the peak falls outward. This same shot was used in other George Pal films, including The Time Machine (1960) and Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961).
Film debut of Stuart Whitman.
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In the mid -70's, David Zanuck and David Brown worked on a remake for which Anthony Burgess wrote the screenplay. It never got off the ground.
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George Pal originally envisioned this as a big budget sci-fi movie. However, he found he was unable to secure the proper financing so he had to scale his ambition back considerably for the finished film.
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was originally considered for the part later taken by Richard Derr.
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Film debut of Rachel Ames (as Judith Ames).
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Film debut (uncredited) of Mary Murphy.
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Supposedly there is a remake in the works with Steven Spielberg attached as director and producer.
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ROY THINNES makes an appearance after the first planet passes. He comes in and asks "is there anymore for the helicopter"
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final shot we see the Ark passengers disembarking with an obvious painted background depicting Zyra. This bad painting was tacked on for the film's sneak previews. Originally, producer George Pal wanted to depict Zyra as a miniature set, but Paramount shipped the film out before this could be done.
In the matte painting at the end, an immense artificial structure of some sort can be seen on the left, yet no one appears to notice it.

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