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The Night the World Exploded (1957)

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Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Laura 'Hutch' Hutchinson
William Leslie ...
Dr. David Conway
Tristram Coffin ...
Dr. Ellis Morton (as Tris Coffin)
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Gov. Chaney
Charles Evans ...
Gen. Bortes
Frank J. Scannell ...
Sheriff Quinn (as Frank Scannell)
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General's Aide
Fred Coby ...
Ranger Brown
Paul Savage ...
Ranger Kirk
Terry Frost ...
Chief Rescue Worker
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Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to convince the Governor but he cannot bring himself to declare an emergency when there is no proof the machine works - which, within 24 hours, it is proven to do. More significantly, Conway is getting readings which indicate a series of additional, pending quakes around the world, which also begin to occur; and more still seem to be on the way. With his assistant "Hutch", to whose love for him he seems oblivious, Conway takes his equipment to the deepest point of Carlsbad Caverns, in hopes that being closer to the center of the earth will help discern the cause of the earthquake epidemic. It does, when they inadvertently discover a new element which lies dormant in watery pools deep within the earth but, when in contact with air, becomes violently explosive. Forces unknown appear to be pushing this ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Super-quake tilts the earth!

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June 1957 (USA)  »

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A noite em que o mundo explodiu  »

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In 1957, Columbia Pictures theatrically distributed this film on a double bill with The Giant Claw (1957). See more »

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When the "element 112" sample exploded inside the small globe, it was immediately and obviously followed by a blast from explosives buried in the ground under the globe. See more »

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Dr. David Conway: [Laura has frozen with fear, descending the ladder into the cavern] I'm coming up to help you!
Laura 'Hutch' Hutchinson: No!
Dr. David Conway: Wouldn't you know a woman would pull a stunt like this? You're all scientists until there's the slightest bit of danger, then you fold up! Want your mommy and daddy?
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28 days to save the planet
26 July 2015 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Dr. David Conway (William Leslie) develops a method to predict earthquakes, and promptly one occurs within 24 hours. But the worst is yet to come, he declares. A 'new element 112' is going to cause much stronger earthquakes soon, they may even make the Earth explode. 28 days are left to prevent that, therefore scientists all over the planet get to work.

It's fun to compare 50s disaster movies to the productions we get nowadays. The scientists in the 50s arrived clean shaven in the morning to continue their job of saving the world, bringing the kids into a high security area for a little play during lunch break - apparently saving the world was a much more relaxed job in those days. In the 2010s, they find hardly enough time to breathe, let alone shave. Also a sign of the times is a remarkably misogynistic scene when Laura Hutchinson (Kathryn Grant, known for 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad') climbs down into a cave and the guys ridicule her fear, being so weak like all females. They wouldn't say that to Lara Croft nowadays. Anyway, it's a mild entertaining sci-fi flick of its times, with a running time of just over an hour it doesn't have any lengths to sit through, I give it 5 of 10.


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