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The Space Children (1958)

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

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Avaruuden kosto  »

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Peggy Webber founded and ran the Rustic Canyon Theatre, featuring illustrious members and co-stars Lee Marvin, James Whitmore, Jocelyn Brando, Bob Denver, and Robert Rockwell. 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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Great Nostalgia Value
7 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last year I watched TCMs documentary WATCH THE SKIES. Seeing the clips from this movie, I vaguely remembered seeing it but wasn't quite sure. Since Steven Spielberg gushed about it I thought I would search for a copy. I finally found a copy and watched it with my twin brother and a childhood friend of mine. Having seen it, I realize that I did see this movie. My brother and friend also remembered it and we agree that it was probably in the very early sixties. I was at most six years old at the time. When your six you don't concern yourself with the BIG MESSAGE. What I really liked was monsters and aliens. This movie does not feature any exciting encounters with either. I guess the reason I liked it at the time was because kids were the main stars of the picture. They really don't do much, in fact nobody really does much in this picture, but that really doesn't matter. Seeing it again as an adult, I am tempted to roast this movie for it's lack of production values, obvious low budget, lack of action and highly unrealistic storyline. I agree with another reviewer, what is an unemployed drunk doing at a top secret missile facility. Why are children allowed to run all over the place? But why bother? It doesn't really matter. There is a message here no matter how clumsily conveyed. The movie has good nostalgia value and that is probably the real reason I like it.


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