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The Space Children (1958)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  June 1958 (USA)
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An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Ray ...
Bud Brewster
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Dave Brewster
Peggy Webber ...
Anne Brewster
Johnny Washbrook ...
Tim Gamble
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Hank Johnson
Richard Shannon ...
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
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Sandy Descher ...
Eadie Johnson
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Major Thomas
Peter Baldwin ...
Security Officer James
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Sentry (as Ty Hungerford)
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Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
David Bair ...
Saul Wahrman
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Ken Brewster
Eilene Janssen ...
Phyllis Manley
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A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring. Written by Scott Blacksher

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alien | children | scientist | beach | missile | See more »

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Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE!

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Sci-Fi

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The interior of the Brewster trailer - Unit #3 - is the set that had been built for the MGM movie The Long, Long Trailer (1953). The exterior of the trailer however is not the same New Moon model. See more »

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Whenever the 'lightning' effect occurs as the holy blob uses his power, the shadows of both objects and people show up on the 'sky' and background elements revealing them to be back-drops in a studio. See more »

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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Space Children (1998) See more »

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This one's not as good as I remembered . . . it's BETTER!!
19 January 2001 | by (Jonesboro, GA) – See all my reviews

In 1958, when I was ten years old, I went to the drive-in with my parents and saw this movie. I thought it was terrific, and for the next 28 years I yearned to see it again. Unfortunately it was never shown on television, nor was it available on videotape. But in 1986 the USA network aired it, and I finally got a chance to find out if "The Space Children" was as good as I remembered it.

It wasn't. It was BETTER. This is, in many ways, the most intelligent, thought-provoking, and sincere sci-fi film of the 1950s. In both concept and execution it far outshines most of today's glitzy effects-laden efforts. Sadly, some viewers are mystified by the subtlety and careful pacing of the story. I suppose it's just a matter of taste. After all, some people think "Citizen Cane" is a dull soap opera and "Scary Movie" is a work of art . ..

Since that second viewing in 1986 I have seen "The Space Children" many times, and I've often shown it to groups of kids the same age I was when I first saw it. Most of these kids were surprisingly impressed by the film, a fact which pleased me greatly.

If you've seen "The Space Children" and think it's just a low budget sci-fi movie from the 1950s, try watching it with a group of kids who can explain it to you. And pay special attention to the question which one of the characters asks in the film: "Is there no man on Earth with the wisdom and the innocence of a child?"


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