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Target Earth
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Director:
Writers:
William Raynor (screenplay)
James H. Nicholson (original screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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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:
Not As Scary As It Seemed 45 Years Ago See more (41 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After being shot the bloodstain on Frank's shoulder never grows.See more »
Quotes:
Vicki Harris:The only reason I open my trap is to keep my teeth from chattering.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) (V)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not As Scary As It Seemed 45 Years Ago, 21 December 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

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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