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Director:
Writers:
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay)
Russell S. Hughes (adaptation)
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Release Date:
19 June 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation! See more »
Plot:
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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(6 articles)
User Reviews:
B-Grade but a real "Lord of the Things"! See more (194 total) »

Cast

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James Whitmore ... Police Sgt. Ben Peterson

Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Harold Medford

Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford

James Arness ... Robert Graham
Onslow Stevens ... Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
Sean McClory ... Maj. Kibbee
Chris Drake ... Trooper Ed Blackburn
Sandy Descher ... The Ellinson Girl
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Mrs. Lodge (as Mary Ann Hokanson)
Don Shelton ... Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards

Fess Parker ... Alan Crotty
Olin Howland ... Jensen (as Olin Howlin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Bellis ... Mike Lodge (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Patrolman Ryan (uncredited)
Robert Berger ... Patrolman Sutton (uncredited)
Oscar Blanke ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Official at D.C. Meeting (uncredited)
Richard Boyer ... Trooper #1 (uncredited)
Waldron Boyle ... Doctor (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Psychiatrist (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Official (uncredited)
James Cardwell ... Officer (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
John Close ... Johnny, Police Aircraft Pilot (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Washington Official (uncredited)
Robert Scott Correll ... Jerry Lodge (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dean Cromer ... MP Sergeant (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Bald Reporter at L.A. News Conference (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Officer (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Los Angeles City Engineer (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Child Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Wally Duffy ... Airman (uncredited)
Cliff Ferre ... Cliff, Police Lab Man (uncredited)
Norman Field ... Gen. James (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Coroner 'Doc' Putnam (uncredited)
Dean Fredericks ... Det. Curtis (uncredited)
Russell Gaige ... Coroner (uncredited)
Otis Garth ... Admiral at Second Conference (uncredited)
Dorothy Green ... Matron (uncredited)
Mary Lou Holloway ... Blonde (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Gunner (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Trooper #2 (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Warren Mace ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Wayne Mallory ... Loader (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Dr. Grant (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Gramps Johnson, Storekeeper (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Washington Official (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Government Official (uncredited)

Leonard Nimoy ... Air Force Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Soldier (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Alcoholic Ward Doctor (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Fred Shellac ... Attendant (uncredited)
Joel Smith ... Smitty, Ben's Jeep Driver (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ... Trooper (uncredited)
Janet Stewart ... WAVE (uncredited)
Victor Sutherland ... Senator at D.C. Meeting (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Railroad Yard Watchman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Harry, Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Railroad Detective (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay)

Russell S. Hughes (adaptation) (as Russell Hughes)

George Worthing Yates (story)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Set Decoration by
G.W. Berntsen 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Al Alleborn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... extra director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
J. Leslie Asher .... assistant props (uncredited)
Dick Smith .... prop construction manager (uncredited)
Robert Turner .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Clifford Call .... recordist (uncredited)
Dave DePatie .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ora Hudson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Lincoln Lyons .... sound editor (uncredited)
William A. Mueller .... sound effects (uncredited)
William Thompson .... cable man (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Burnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Johannes .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
William John Ranaldi .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Rike .... best boy (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe
Roe Ramsey .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
 
Other crew
Liz Patten .... double: Sandy Descher (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Them" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1954) | Sweden:11 (1969) | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16752, General Audience) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Shortly after the helicopter reconnaissance, a meeting opens with an army officer looking through a Stereo Realist red button viewer. He is evidently looking at 3-D slides taken by Dr. Pat Medford. A second viewer is on the table next to Dr. Medford. This was rather clever product placement, considering the film was originally slated to be shot in 3-D format.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the ants burst through the wall of the first (naturally excavated) nest and Whitmore retaliates with a flame thrower, man-made wooden support beams can briefly be seen behind them. This is because this is footage taken from later in the film when the ants are flamed in the Los Angeles sewers.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Harold Medford:We may be witnesses to a Biblical prophecy come true - 'And there shall be destruction and darkness come upon creation, and the beasts shall reign over the earth.'See more »
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59 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
B-Grade but a real "Lord of the Things"!, 1 January 2005
Author: pwoods1 from Adelaide, South Australia

As has been my habit of late, I'm catching-up on old movies I remember from my youth seen on the screen at the time of release or remembered from '60s-'80s replays on late-night television. Watching them on a widescreen TV in DVD format with surround sound and, of course, with the benefit of hindsight, it becomes a whole new experience.

THEM! is a wonderful Cold-War era movie which manages, without trying, to prove that modern SF blockbusters owe much to their (especially) '50s progenitors. Given the limited budget of B-Grade movies they manage to thrill across the generations - even while remakes and plagiaristic sequences abound and dazzle contemporary audiences.

The 'storm-drain' sequence in T2 is a prime example, as is the 'egg burning' scenario in ALIEN, complete with flamethrowers. You saw them first in THEM!, folks. The 'isolated and mysteriously-wrecked gas station/general store' is another stolen moment from THEM! and has appeared in many movies - even the X-FILES. Wearing the flame-retardant suits and the breathing-apparatuses to attack 'the nest' pops up in EVOLUTION. And so it goes.

There are some excellent actors in this film - most of whom are B-Grade stalwarts (James Whitmore and James Arness for example) - and they play it straight. No 'camping-it-up' for these heroes! I even spotted a young Leonard Nimoy as an Airforce sergeant. Fess Parker as the confused witness of the 'ant-shaped UFOs' offers both light-hearted humour and the prototype for the innocent caught in a cover-up: he's left in the mental hospital as a deranged psychotic as per the suggestion put to his doctor. How many times have we seen this since? Even the little girl, a traumatised survivor of the attack on her parents' trailer-home, has resonances in the character of a similar survivor in ALIENS.

OK, the irradiated monsters/ants are pretty hokey, but see my remark re small budgets. CGI didn't exist then.

I'd place this production alongside such classics as INVADERS FROM MARS and the British QUATERMASS (trilogy?) which also terrorised my generation. We were children in a time when the world seemed doomed to nuclear destruction and our homes ripe for invasion by THEM!, regardless of who (yes, I know, the Communists) or what (monsters created by our cavalier use of technology) would be invading. And, strangely, nothing has changed, except that postmodern children seem to have lost their innocence in a demonstrably violent and insane milieu. As I stated before, these movies, in hindsight have lost none of their power. The themes remain the same.

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