IMDb > Target Earth (1954)
Target Earth
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Target Earth (1954) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
5.8/10   583 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
William Raynor (screenplay)
James H. Nicholson (original screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Target Earth on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
7 November 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You'll be paralyzed with fear! See more »
Plot:
Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are Frank and Nora (who has recently attempted suicide). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Pretty good low budget science fiction based on a bad novelette. See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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

Whit Bissell ... Tom, Chief research scientist
James Drake ... Lieutenant (as Jim Drake)
Steve Pendleton ... Colonel
House Peters Jr. ... Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Calvert ... Alien robot (uncredited)
Herman Cohen ... Martin - Lab Technician (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Army Staff Officer (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Sherman A. Rose 
 
Writing credits
William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor)

James H. Nicholson (original screenplay) (as James Nicholson) and
Wyott Ordung (original screenplay)

Paul W. Fairman (based on a story by)

Produced by
Herman Cohen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Guy Roe 
 
Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
 
Makeup Department
Stanley Orr .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Francis Murphy .... assistant director (as Jack Murphy)
 
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
 
Sound Department
Kay Rose .... sound effects editor (as Kathleen Rose)
Earl Snyder .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects (as David Koehler)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Olivas .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sherman A. Rose .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Robert Wiley Miller .... orchestrator (as Robert Miller)
 
Other crew
Donna Heydt .... production secretary
Dolores Rubin .... script supervisor
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
75 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Only one robot costume was constructed for this film and it was used for all robot scenes. This is why you never see more than one member of the "robot army" in a shot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Neither Frank's nor Jim's beards show any growth from the first day to the next.See more »
Quotes:
Nora King:I wonder if there's anyone else left in town.
Frank Brooks:There's probably a few. You ever try to empty a sack of sugar?
Nora King:What's that got to do with it?
Frank Brooks:Some of the grains always stick to the sack, like the two of us.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Mars Attacks! (1996)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good low budget science fiction based on a bad novelette., 8 December 2001

The main thing I liked about this film is the basic premise. An assorted group of people find themselves in an abandoned city with an alien menace lurking about. The first half of this film is quite creepy and is very effective. However, once the alien robots show up, the film becomes just another ordinary 1950's alien invasion flick.

Like many of these 1950's science fiction and horror flicks, I first saw TARGET EARTH on T.V. in the sixties. Then the film vanished from television and I did not get a chance to see it again till I purchased a video copy about ten years ago. In the interim (when I was a teenager) I read the short novel "The Deadly City" by Paul Fairman which TARGET EARTH was adapted from. Having seen the film several times since, I can tell you the film is actually better. In the novel the invaders were not robots, but flesh and blood aliens (if aliens have flesh and blood!). They are never described, but someone utters something like (I'm not kidding): "They don't look like us!" While the films characters are the standard type found in films of this nature, those in the novel are all unpleasant types. No reader would care if they survive or not. Like the film, the characters are menaced by an escaped killer, but at least in the film he has a motive to menace the characters. In the novel the killers motives are unclear. Also, the novel ends by having the aliens suddenly drop dead with no explanation offered other than someone alluding that the aliens might not have been able to adapt to conditions on Earth.

Overall, TARGET EARTH is not a bad film. It's to bad it's makers let the film drift into a routine alien invader film after the very effective first half. The second half is okay, but it just doesn't deliver anything special. At least the writers didn't use the same unpleasant characters found in the novel. Like many cheap films made in the early fifties, TARGET EARTH is much better and enjoyable than many low budget films made in the later fifties.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (39 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Target Earth (1954)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Similar movies like this uxg1995
Richard Reeves Bobgrapes25
Re-Make This Movie! larryman
Scared the liver outa me when I was young! john-579
Amazing shoe action woodfan
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Avatar Transformers Monsters vs. Aliens Dreamcatcher The Transformers: The Movie
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.