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Target Earth (1954)

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Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are Frank and Nora (who has recently attempted suicide).

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ...
Frank Brooks
Kathleen Crowley ...
Nora King
Virginia Grey ...
Vicki Harris
Richard Reeves ...
Jim Wilson
Robert Roark ...
Davis, the Killer
Mort Marshall ...
Charles Otis
Arthur Space ...
Lt. General Wood
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Tom, Chief research scientist
James Drake ...
Lieutenant (as Jim Drake)
Steve Pendleton ...
Colonel
House Peters Jr. ...
Technician
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Storyline

A large city is ordered to be completely evacuated as an army of robots, believed to be from the planet Venus, attack it. Left behind are Nora King and Frank Brooks, strangers until their chance meeting in the deserted streets. They meet a celebrating couple at a café, Vicki Harris and Jim Wilson. The quartet escape the robot patrol and take refuge in a large hotel. There, they encounter a new danger in Davis, a psychopathic killer. Venus robots or not, Davis practices his profession. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Raw Panic The Screen Never Dared Reveal! See more »

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Release Date:

7 November 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasores de otros mundos  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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The killer, (played by Robert Roark) got his part because his father, a doctor in LA would invest in the film if his son was given a part. After this part he went on to play in many movies and became a producer. See more »

Goofs

Neither Frank's nor Jim's beards show any growth from the first day to the next. See more »

Quotes

Vicki Harris: The only reason I open my trap is to keep my teeth from chattering.
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Not As Scary As It Seemed 45 Years Ago
21 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie used to scare the crap out of me when I was a little kid, mainly for the reason that a dead woman that is shown at the picture's opening looks EXACTLY like a neighbor that we had back in 1964. When you're 8 years old, that's enuff to frighten the bejeebers out of you. After seeing "Target Earth" the other day, for the first time in over 40 years, I must say that I no longer find it as scary as I once did. The film's opening, in the abandoned, nameless city, is well done, but that giant lumbering robot that used to be such a thriller as a kid, these days is just a laff riot. (The shot of the dead woman is still kinda freaky, although I honestly don't recall what my old neighbor looked like now!) Anyway, the picture is competently acted, the leads are likable, and at a mere 70 minutes, the film never outwears its welcome. It's good for fans of Grade B, 1950s sci-fi. You know who you are!


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