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The Night the World Exploded (1957)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
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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Laura Hutchinson
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Dr. David Conway
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Dr. Ellis Morton (as Tris Coffin)
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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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A noite em que o mundo explodiu  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1996, 39 years after this movie was made, a real Element 112 was identified by scientists. After several years of controversy surrounding the discovery, Element 112 was finally admitted to the periodic table in 2009 and named copernicum, after Nikolaus Copernicus, the astronomer who first established that the earth orbited the sun instead of the other way around. But the real copernicum is a highly unstable radioactive element (one isotope has a half-life of just four seconds, another has a half-life of 30 seconds) that doesn't behave at all like the fictional "Element 112" in this film. 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: We better do more than hope, gentlemen. We better pray!
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Making the impossible seem not so far-fetched.
27 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While "The Night the World Exploded" is a very low-budget film with no-name actors, it is enjoyable. It also manages to make a ridiculous plot seem plausible--and that is no small feat.

The film begins with a seismologist creating a new machine that would help them predict earthquakes. However, the equipment is either faulty OR the Earth is royally screwed!!! Soon, after the big quake, they discover a new element--#112. And here is where it gets crazy. There is a lot of it and the element is VERY explosive--so explosive that the planet may soon go kaboom! That is, unless they enact a crazy plan that just MIGHT work.

While this film offers few huge thrills, it works well. The miniature sets work well and the acting is good. Most importantly, the film is written well and will probably hold your attention.


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