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The Blob (1958)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 September 1958 (USA)
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Steve Andrews (as Steven McQueen)
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Jane Martin (as Aneta Corseaut)
Earl Rowe ...
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Old Man (as Olin Howlin)
Stephen Chase ...
Dr. T. Hallen (as Steven Chase)
John Benson ...
George Karas ...
Officer Ritchie
Lee Payton ...
Kate the Nurse
Elbert Smith ...
Henry Martin
Hugh Graham ...
Mr. Andrews
Vincent Barbi ...
George - Cafe Owner (as Vince Barbi)
Audrey Metcalf ...
Elizabeth Martin
Jasper Deeter ...
Civil Defense Volunteer
Tom Ogden ...
Fire Chief
Elinor Hammer ...
Mrs. Porter
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Storyline

A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger. Written by Rob Hartill

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

12 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Glob  »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After the Blob had consumed the old man, the doctor tells his nurse to dump some "trichloracetic acid" on the it. That is a weak acid used to treat genital warts. See more »

Goofs

At 1:05:01, as the actor awakens and dons clothes, the siren (added in post-production) changes from air raid to fire. The Director can plainly be heard off screen cuing the actor with "Fire" just before the actor says it. See more »

Quotes

Steve Andrews: [trying to get everybody's attention] Listen, now listen to me, everybody, this town is in danger. Now, several people have been killed already! Now we - we had to make this noise so you would listen to us, so we could warn you!
Man: If we're in trouble, where're the police?
Sgt. Jim Bert: [sees Steve] You, boy, this time you really hanged yourself.
Steve Andrews: Now, look, Sarge. Just give me a chance to talk to them, that's all.
Sgt. Jim Bert: I don't know what kind of stunt it is you're pulling here, but whatever it is, it's going to stop ...
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Crazy Credits

Keith Almoney, who plays Jane's little brother Danny, had his name misspelled in the credits as "Kieth Almoney." See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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THE BLOB
Written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David
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A true classic.
27 March 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This movie is wonderful. What separates it from other 50's sci-fi is the fact that the alien has no features, no face, eyes, anything, yet it can't be killed. I especially like the idea that this film doesn't take place over a few days, it takes place in one night, lasting supposedly past midnight.It's also scary that once the blob gets on you, you can't get it off. you're stuck in it, as it dissolves your flesh and slowly devours your body. My all time favorite 50's sci-fi film, and what is sometimes considered the quintessential one. I can see why this rocketed Steve McQueen to stardom. All this and a catchy theme song! How can you go wrong?


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