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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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Storyline

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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June 1958 (USA)  »

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Avaruuden kosto  »

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Michel Ray was born into a wealthy family having an English mother and a Brazilian father. He was educated in Switzerland where he learned to ski. His parents were friends of producer Michael Balcon who was looking for a boy who could ski for his 1954 film The Divided Heart (1954). Young Michel fitted the part perfectly and started a film career which culminated in the role of Faraj in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). 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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Proof that actors from "Dragnet" could get other roles at one time
24 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can you say about a film that features Uncle Fester, Mr. Drysdale, the Professor, Mark McCain and the re-occurring "ornery lady" (Peggy Webber) featured in so many episodes of Dragnet? Well... I really enjoyed it! Russell Johnson is great as a mean, drunken, stepfather and, in a departure from her many roles on Dragnet, Peggy Webber's character is very personable. I think the picture is a great commentary on the type of science fiction that was popular after Sputnik but before the US manned space missions. Is it a "good" movie? Probably not. Is it enjoyable? It was to me! Reminded me of the typical Saturday afternoon movies I enjoyed as a child on TV during the 60s. Had I seen none of those types of movies, my commentary would probably be less favorable. It's not the acting, directing, production quality or even the plot of this picture that I liked - it's merely the nostalgic effect it has. This means, it's not a picture for everyone. It's a short film, so there's little to lose in watching it, which I'll probably do again someday!


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