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Day the World Ended (1955)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  December 1955 (USA)
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In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

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Richard Denning ...
Rick
Lori Nelson ...
Louise Maddison
Adele Jergens ...
Ruby
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Tony Lamont (as Touch Connors)
Paul Birch ...
Jim Maddison
Raymond Hatton ...
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Paul Dubov ...
Radek
Jonathan Haze ...
Contaminated Man
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After a nuclear war, an unlikely group of people, including a rancher, a geologist, a crook and his girlfriend, find themselves trapped in the middle of nowhere while battling an ugly mutant created by Paul Blaisdell. The geologist and the crook also find the time to fight over the rancher's daughter, while the moll fumes. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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$96,000 (estimated)
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Was remade, almost line for line, as In the Year 2889 (1967). See more »

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Toward the end of the film, Louise places a photo of herself with her former boyfriend on the nightstand, angled away from her. When she wakes, it is angled toward her. See more »

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Jim Maddison: No human being could eat that poisonous meat and live!
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Featured in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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The S.F. Blues
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One of Corman's better movies
22 August 2000 | by (Frederick, MD) – See all my reviews

The Day the World Ended deals with The End of the World...not the one prophesied in the Book of Revelation, but the one popular with Hollywood. After all, if Christ returns for His own, how can you make a movie on the Millennial Kingdom?

"Day" is one of Roger Corman's first forays into low-tech, low-budget science fiction movies. His first effort is commendable; if only he had remembered his lessons when he made some of his more notable bombs. A Navy vet and his daughter are living in a home protected by a plot contrivance - it's basically sheltered from radiation from the surrounding mountains. Hills, mind you, that deadly radiation cannot get over, but are easily traveled by an old man and his burro.

Beyond that, it is an intriguing story of what happens when a little pocket of humanity survives mankind's worst nightmare. Mike "Touch" Connors does an interesting turn as a bad guy with a moll whose old enough to be his mother. Connors has the hots for the Navy vet's daughter, and would like to repopulate earth with her. Other stowaways include an archeologist and a man suffering from radiation poisoning. In this movie, radiation poisoning either kills you, turns you into a monster, or makes you look like Moe Howard.

Even with the end of the world, God is not left out. Notice that the Navy vet asks his daughter to marry the archeologist before they seek to restart humanity, as well as his later statement that, "I prayed and then I stopped worrying."

Sterno says "Day" is a great movie for a rainy Saturday afternoon.


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