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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.
It Came from Outer Space -- US Home Video Trailer from Universal Pictures

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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 »
User Reviews:
Holds Up Well See more (78 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 (DVD re-rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #16454) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Although credited to Harry Essex, most of the script, including dialogue, is copied almost verbatim from Ray Bradbury's initial film treatment.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As the ship is coming toward the camera there is what appears to be a post and a mirror at the left side of the screen just before it hits. This may be part of the equipment needed for the 3D effect.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 Experiments in Love (1977)See more »

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38 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Holds Up Well, 29 May 2002
Author: twanurit from United States

This is director Jack Arnold's first science-fiction effort and one of the earliest to use a desert setting. Richard Carlson is very believable as an astronomer who, along with his fiancee, witnesses a meteor crash-landing that turns out to be a spacecraft. No one in the small town believes him until they start disappearing. Arnold uses theremin music to great effect, the photography is eerie, dialog (by Ray Bradbury) poetic, and the alien a terrifying large crawling mass with one bulging eye that leaves a snail-like trail in its path. The aliens are not bent on destruction - an interesting precursor to Steven Spielberg's expensive "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977)- even its main titles are at the End. This is low-key, intelligent, satisfying drama. Co-starring are Barbara Rush (she's a babe), Russell Johnson (likewise), Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Kathleen Hughes (who's tantalizing in a cameo).

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