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It Came from Outer Space -- Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancée Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness.
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Director:
Writers:
Harry Essex (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (story)
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Release Date:
25 May 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
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(66 articles)
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Sci-Fit Thriller With Style, Good Acting and a Thoughtful Script See more (76 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:
In a separately filmed trailer, Richard Carlson talks to the audience about the film and about Three Dimension; animated sequences attempt to illustrate the three dimensional effect.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Artistic license and suspension of disbelief notwithstanding, there is a scientific oversight worth noting: the alien's POV is in 3D, despite the fact that it's a cyclops. The otherworldly visitor has one eyeball and one pupil, when it's necessary to have at least two in order to perceive stereoscopic vision.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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Referenced in Unknown White Male (2005)See more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Sci-Fit Thriller With Style, Good Acting and a Thoughtful Script, 13 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This modest science fiction film from Ray Bradbury's short story "The Meteor" is perhaps the most-imitated film in the history of cinema.. The screenplay for this feature was written by Harry Essex, with direction by veteran action-film expert Jack Arnold. It is set on the edge of the desert, and involves in its storyline the crash of a mysterious meteor. Investigating it, a scientist living nearby discovers it is an alien spacecraft; he glimpses an ugly amoeboid creature like an octopus with a giant eye. Its next efforts cause a landslide which hides the spacecraft under a landslide, so no one else can see what he saw. The next development, when no one believes him, is that local people, law-enforcement and others, start acting like zombies; his wife believes him, but when the folk start coming into town he knows he needs to do something. Heading to the site again, he contacts the alien minds who tell him they only wish to escape Earth, where they do not belong. He gives them the help they require and the ship takes off the next day, heading home and leaving hi,m, and us, with a genuine mystery and an important question about parochial attitudes and out fitness to extend man's reach into the Galaxy when this urge has not been conquered. The production in B/W is a very good one for a "B" film, I assert., Joan St. Eigger did the hairstyles, Rosemary Odell the costumes, Russell A. Gausman and Ruby R. Levitt the sets, with Bud Westmore handling the unusual makeup challenges. The very fine art direction was done by Bernard Herzbrun and Robert A. Boyle, with luminous cinematography by Clifford Stine. In the solid cast are Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake as the Sheriff, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson and Kathleen Hughes. it is arguable that Richard Carlson talks too much about the mysteries of the desert in this film, as n allegory for the dangers of the unknown, the wild, the as-yet-untamed--for space itself; but the dialogue is good-enough, the situations genuinely eerie and the style of the film, its crisis and its and pacing far-above-the-expected. In lesser hands, this production could have been less effective; this has become a classic example of how to handle several sci-fi situations. It earns the stature of being fundamentally scary; yet it is also thoughtful and interesting at the same time, by my standards. This is sci-fi noir of a very high sort.

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