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Release Date:
7 November 1954 (USA) See more »
You'll be paralyzed with fear! See more »
Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are Frank and Nora (who has recently attempted suicide). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Pretty good low budget science fiction based on a bad novelette. See more (43 total) »


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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)

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 "The Deadly City" 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

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Although the production crew had no permits, the scenes showing the deserted city were filmed in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday mornings when the streets would be vacant.See more »
Continuity: When the captured robot is first shown the crack in it's "eye" has smaller cracks radiating from it but the second time it is shown the radiating cracks are gone.See more »
Vicki Harris:The only reason I open my trap is to keep my teeth from chattering.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Mars Attacks! (1996)See more »


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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.

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