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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 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
B-Grade but a real "Lord of the Things"! See more (211 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Whitmore ... Police Sgt. Ben Peterson

Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Harold Medford

Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia 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 Blank ... Alcoholic Ward Patient (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Official at D.C. Meeting (uncredited)
Richard Boyer ... Trooper #1 (uncredited)
Waldron Boyle ... Doctor (uncredited)

Alexander Campbell ... Official (uncredited)

James Cardwell ... Officer (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Cameraman (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)
Lynn Craft ... Washington Official (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)
George Ford ... Doctor (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)
Robert Haines ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mary Lou Holloway ... Blonde (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Gunner (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Trooper #2 (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Washington Official (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Reporter (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 ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Soldier (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Alcoholic Ward Doctor (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Reporter (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)
Hal Taggart ... Doctor (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)

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)
 
Special Effects by
Ardell Lytle .... pyroeffects supervisor (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 (1954) | Sweden:11 (1969) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #16752, General Audience) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Relating to the "S.S. Viking" incident, there was no cruiser named "U.S.S. Milwaukee" in commission in the United States Navy at the time this film was made. The last ship so named was an Omaha-class light cruiser (CL-5) which was commissioned in 1923 and scrapped in 1949 after service in World War II in both the U.S. and Soviet navies. The next ship named "Milwaukee" would be a Wichita-class replenishment oiler (AOR-2) that would be in service from 1969 until her decommissioning in 1994. Her name was stricken from the Navy's list in 1997, and as of 2007 she is awaiting final disposal at the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Virginia.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: While in the helicopters, the Medfords talk on the radio as though it dual-directional, or like a telephone where you can both talk and listen at the same time. Aircraft radios are (at that time) mono-directional, which means you can talk or you can listen, but not both at the same time. That is the reason for saying "over" when you're done talking, to let the other side know they can talk. Also, not only is "Over and out" NOT a "rule", it's not correct, even though Hollywood misuses this phrase all the time, since "over" means over to you and "out" means done with conversation. The proper sign-off would be something like "search one out."See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Robert Graham:Pat, if these monsters got started as a result of the first atomic bomb in 1945, what about all the others that have been exploded since then?
Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford:I don't know.
Dr. Harold Medford:Nobody knows, Robert. When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we'll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.
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74 out of 92 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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