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Director:
Writers:
Harry Essex (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (story)
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Release Date:
25 May 1953 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Terror In 3-D... Reaching From The Screen To Seize You In Its Grasp!... See more »
Plot:
A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Atmospheric and creepy See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Carlson ... John Putnam

Barbara Rush ... Ellen Fields
Charles Drake ... Sheriff Matt Warren
Joe Sawyer ... Frank Daylon

Russell Johnson ... George

Kathleen Hughes ... June
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Brooks ... Posseman (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Dugan (uncredited)
Ned Davenport ... Man (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Sam (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Dave Loring (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Dr. Snell (uncredited)
Whitey Haupt ... Perry (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Posseman (uncredited)
Bradford Jackson ... Bob - Dr. Snell's Assistant (uncredited)
Warren MacGregor ... Toby (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Posseman (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Mrs. Daylon (uncredited)
Dick Pinner ... Lober (uncredited)
William Pullen ... Deputy Reed (uncredited)

George Selk ... Tom (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Pete Davis (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Harry Essex (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury (story)

Produced by
William Alland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Irving Gertz (uncredited)
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Clifford Stine 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Jack Kevan .... makeup execution (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Hurley .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... visual effects optical printing (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Milicent Patrick .... xenomorph design (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 (1953) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:G | USA:Approved (PCA #16454) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
"Sand Rock, Arizona" appears to be a fictitious town.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the spaceship takes off, the ground supposedly shakes; but the only thing that really shakes is the camera. The people and the scenery remain perfectly still.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John Putnam:[off-screen] This is Sand Rock, Arizona, of a late evening in early spring. It's a nice town, knowing its past and sure of its future, as it makes ready for the night, and the predictable morning. The desert blankets the earth, cooling, resting for the fight with tomorrow's sun. And in my house near the town, we're also sure of the future. So very sure.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Computer Ghosts (1988) (TV)See more »

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44 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric and creepy, 6 February 2001
Author: sowr from Los Angeles, CA

First of all let's get rid of that absurd notion that science fiction films of the fifties were merely a sub-conscious attempt to personify the threat from communism - this is a hackneyed idea, and far from the truth.

This is a thoughtfully crafted film, which like other good science fiction films of this era starts out portraying the aliens as monsters, only to reveal that they are benevolent and superior (how does this fit into the "Red Menace" theory?).

The screenplay was penned by Ray Bradbury and is full of very good dialog and ideas, especially the notion that we are not ready to meet such advanced civilizations. The scenes in the high desert are very atmospheric and creepy, and although the renderings of alien technology at first seem somewhat adolescent, there is a genuine sense of wonder when the internals of the alien ship are revealed. Something missing from today's, blase, computer generated, over the top, excesses.

The 3D is a useless appendage, and not worthy of discussion.

If you like science fiction pre-scifi channel and post-golden age, rent this movie and enjoy the atmosphere.

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