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Not of This Earth (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 February 1957 (USA)
An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

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Morgan Jones ...
Harry Sherbourne
William Roerick ...
Dr. F.W. Rochelle
Jonathan Haze ...
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Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)
Anna Lee Carroll ...
Davanna Woman (as Anne Carroll)
Pat Flynn ...
Barbara Bohrer ...
Waitress
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Sgt. Walton
Tamar Cooper ...
Joanne
Harold Fong ...
Speciman
Lyle Latell ...
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Gail Ganley ...
Girl
Ralph Reed ...
Boy
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

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Somewhere in this world stalks a thing that is...

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This was the final theatrical feature film to be shot by veteran director of photography John J. Mescall, ending a career of about 35 years going back to the silent days. See more »

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You are obviously viewing a rip-off the original movie does not have the boom mike nor the mike visible. See more »

Quotes

Paul Johnson: [speaking telepathically] It is impossible for you to escape. Come to me!
Car Park Attendant: [speaking telepathically] I hear you! You can't hurt me now! It doesn't work now!
Paul Johnson: [speaking telepathically] It's a lie! I am not so injured!
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Referenced in Fear in the Dark (1991) See more »

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Decent 50's sci-fi outing
14 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Entertaining story that holds together, takes you in and holds up today. Good atmosphere and b/w photography. Good acting. Paul Birch, usually a supporting actor, has the lead, closely followed by Beverly Garland of Alligator People fame as well as It Conquered the World in the sci-fi genre. Birch is someone whose face and an excellent baritone voice old movie fans will recognize, even if the name conjures up nothing. He was an admiral in the 27th Day and quite often played authority figures. Here he is an alien on a mission to save his planet, but to do that he needs blood. He has a refrigerator full of it, as did Darren McGavin's vampire nemesis 15 years later in The Night Stalker.

Along the way there is plenty to hold one's attention and interest. This movie is definitely not camp or campy. It survives and entertains for what it is.

What knocks the rating down is that it has obviously low production values, has some acting and/or characters that are bland, annoying or grating, and has some looseness to the story. It has no deep themes and does not arouse deep feelings either. It is an imaginative amusement whose good touches outweigh these issues. But to be transported by such a movie as this, one may have to be somewhat accustomed to the style and look of the 50s movies.


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