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The Space Children (1958)

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

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Bud Brewster
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Dave Brewster
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Anne Brewster
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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
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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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Avaruuden kosto  »

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Trivia

Michel Ray married a childhood friend Charlene, daughter of Alfred "Freddie" Heineken. Her mother was Lucille Cummins daughter of a Kentucky Bourbon maker. Her father Freddie died in January 2002 and left his controlling interest, 50.05%, in the Heineken brewing empire to the couple. It is estimated at three billion pounds sterling or four point two billion dollars. Michel's life story is more glamorous than many a Hollywood fiction. 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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Different and exciting
8 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leave it to the director of several excellent 1950s sci-fi flicks to take a no-budget plot and turn it into one of the best and most intelligent Cold War melodramas of the period. CHILDREN concerns a brain-like alien blob that teleports to Earth with the purpose of stopping the American military from launching a nuclear weapon into orbit. To do so, it enlists the aid of several children residing on base. For reasons best known to the script writers, the blob keeps growing in size, until it is the size of a tank. The acting is at least of TV quality, the production solid. No big names in the cast, but pay attention to the actress playing little Edie. This actress dropped out of Hollywood early on, which is a shame since one can see her potential here. For old-time TV buffs, watch for Uncle Fester, the Professor (minus Maryann) and the McCain kid.


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