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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 »
User Reviews:
Another Delightful Sci-Fi from the 50's See more (77 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:
According to a magazine article the "bubble" effect seen when the audience is seeing things from the alien's POV was achieved by actually blowing a specially formulated "tough" bubble around the camera lens. These shots were kept short since the bubbles only lasted a brief time.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When John, Ellen, and Pete return to the airfield in the helicopter, they have a brief conversation with rotor noise in the background; yet neither the main rotor shaft (behind them) nor the tail rotor are moving.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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Another Delightful Sci-Fi from the 50's, 1 April 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Arizona desert, the writer and amateur stargazer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his girlfriend, the schoolteacher Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush), are in his house planning to get married. Out of the blue, they witness a meteor crash in the desert. They fly to the location with their friend Pete in his helicopter and John decides to go to the bottom of the crater to investigate. John sees a spacecraft but there is a landslide and the ship is covered by earth. John discloses his discovery to Sheriff Matt Warren (Charles Drake), who is his rival and is also into Ellen, and to the inhabitants and they believe he is a daydreamer. John wants to prove his finding and meets his acquaintances Frank Daylon (Joe Sawyer) and George (Russell Johnson) repairing telephone cables on the desert and they find disturbance in the cable. The workers follow the cable and meet an alien that takes the form of George. Soon John and Ellen note that a group of dwellers are acting strange and they believe they have been possessed by the aliens. When Ellen is also abducted by the aliens, John contacts them and discovers their intention. Are they friend or hostile invaders?

"It Came from Outer Space" is another delightful sci-fi from the 50's with a story of Ray Bradbury. Years before Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", the writer John Putnam has an encounter with aliens that explains that we are not ready to contact them. The low budget of "It Came from Outer Space" is not a problem since the story is very well constructed. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Ameaça Que Veio do Espaço" ("The Treaten That Came from Space")

Note: On 23 August 2015, I saw this film again.

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