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Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 22 April 1953 (USA)
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

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Cast

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Dr. Pat Blake
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Dr. Stuart Kelston / Narrator
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Mr. George MacLean
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Mrs. Mary MacLean
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Col. Fielding
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Sgt. Baker (as Bill Phipps)
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Capt. Roth
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Kathy Wilson
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Storyline

One night, young David McLean sees a spaceship crash into a nearby sandpit. His father goes to investigate, but comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he's now sullen and snarlingly rude. Others fall into the sandpit and begin acting like him: cold, ill-tempered and conspiratorial. David knows that aliens are taking over the bodies of humans, but he'll soon discover there have been far more of these terrible thefts than he could have imagined. The young doom-monger finds some serious help in a lady doctor and a brilliant astronomer. Soon they meet the aliens: green creatures with insect-like eyes. These beings prove to be slaves to their leader: a large, silent head with ceaselessly shifting eyes and two tentacles on either side, each of which branches off into three smaller tentacles. It's up to the redoubtable earth trio to stop its evil plans. Written by J. Spurlin

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Mankind's oldest fear comes to life! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

22 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Invaders  »

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Budget:

$290,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Supercinecolor) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The stock footage showing tanks being loaded onto train flatcars and driven before the camera were actually WW2 M10 tank destroyers and by the time of this movie were superseded during and after the war by newer models. You can tell them from actual tanks by the huge bolts on the hull (body) and turrets. Battle tanks are welded together with smooth bodies as also seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

It is clear that the doubles used for Colonel Fielding (actor Morris Ankrum), when he's picked up and tossed by a mutant, and for the soldier picked up by another mutant who then leaps down through the saucer's core with him, are either undersized adults or children, used to convey the illusion of greater size of the mutants. The same is true for the double of Dr. Blake, as seen from behind while being carried by a mutant through the tunnels, where the person's legs are clearly that of a much smaller individual than actress Helena Carter. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: The heavens. Once an object of superstition, awe, and fear. Now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery the heavens have kept a secret. What sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life, like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale? Or dangerously higher? Seeking the answer to this timeless question, forever seeking, ...
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Referenced in Chissà perché... capitano tutte a me (1980) See more »

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Almost Lost Forever
19 July 2003 | by (North Uxbridge, Ma USA) – See all my reviews

Did you know this movie was almost lost forever rotting away in a film file at a tv studio in California I believe.There was just one copy left and it was deteriating badly! Thanks to a man called Wade Williams (one of the producers in 86 awful remake) who ran a movie theater in Kansas City went all over the country in the seveties looking for this film. He like myself grew up watching this movie in the early sixties when it just literally disapeared off the face of the earth.This info is based on a Star Log magazine story in 1977 and a personal phone call to Wade Williams that same year.

I did finally get to see the movie in early 1981 when it was shown on tv 38 Boston and was blown away to see it again.I have the movie on vhs and plan to get on dvd soon.I grew up the late fifties and early sixties and this is as well as 3 Stooges Have Rocket Will Travel and Target Earth are part of my all time favorites.I guess you had to haved lived thru that era to really appreciate these movies.


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