The Night the World Exploded (1957) - Plot Summary Poster

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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 element surface-ward around the globe, and a computer analysis determines that enough will be exposed to explode the entire world within a little more than 28 days...

    - Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>
  • Dr. David Conway has been developing a machine that will allow him to predict earthquakes and other seismic activity. By the time it's perfected the machine predicts a major earthquake for the next day. He and his colleague Dr, Ellis Morton try to forewarn the Governor but it's too late to do anything. The subsequent earthquake is devastating. They head deep into the Carlsbad caverns to determine what might be causing the pressure. What they find is an unknown volatile mineral that is safe when wet but expands and eventually explodes when dry. The mineral has been pushed to the surface and their only solution is to flood those areas where the mineral is found.

    - Written by garykmcd


The movie opens with title and credits shown over a mountain peak that explodes, followed by a rock fall...

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