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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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Harry Essex (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (story)
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Release Date:
25 May 1953 (USA) See more »
Terror In 3-D... Reaching From The Screen To Seize You In Its Grasp!... See more »
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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Won Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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a creepy and honorable classic. See more (78 total) »


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

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Perry, wearing a space cadet suit and helmet, opens the hatch over his face. The point of view quickly switches to Ellen and the open door, as Perry walks through the doorway, but now the hatch over Perry's face is closed.See more »
[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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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
a creepy and honorable classic., 16 October 2004
Author: movielover200

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is unquestionably on my top 3 from the many sci-fi movies made in the 1950s. I review many sci-fi films from the 50s, both B-movies AND classic. THIS film would definitely go down as one of the all-time classics. Even more rich with every viewing, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is about a couple who live in a desert, one a scientist. One night, the scientist and his girlfriend are stargazing when they see some strange thing crash into a crater. When they go there, the scientist decides to go down, and sees a strange ship right before an avalanche falls over the specimen. Soon those two are the only ones who believe it is a ship from outer space, until strange things begin happening. The scientist must solve the mystery of why the aliens have arrived, and what they want. A science fiction classic worth buying on DVD. (Don't be fooled...the alien looks nothing like the one on the DVD cover.)

Grade: 9/10

MPAA Rating: G

My Rating: Ages 7 and up (some scary images)

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