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The Angry Red Planet (1959)

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One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Thomas O'Bannion
Naura Hayden ...
Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan (as Nora Hayden)
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Prof. Theodore Gettell
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CWO Sam Jacobs
Paul Hahn ...
Maj. Gen. George Treegar
J. Edward McKinley ...
Prof. Paul Weiner
Tom Daly ...
Don Lamond ...
TV Newscaster / Narrator / Martian (voice)
Edward Innes ...
Brig. Gen. Alan Prescott
Gordon Barnes ...
Maj. Lyman Ross
Jack Haddock ...
Lt. Col. Davis
Brandy Bryan ...
Nurse Hayes
Joan Fitzpatrick ...
Nurse Dixon
Duke Norton ...
William Remick ...
Dr. Hawley (as Wm. Remick)
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The first spaceship to Mars, presumed lost, is found in space and brought back to Earth by remote control. Only two from an initial crew of four are still alive, but one is unconscious due to an attached alien growth, while the other is traumatized, blocking out all memory of what happened. In hopes to save the unconscious crewman, the amnesiac is interrogated back into remembering. Those in charge thereby learn of the terrible dangers awaiting anyone venturing into the spooky, ruddy stillness of the very alien Martian ecosystem. Written by statmanjeff

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23 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Invasion of Mars  »

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$190,000 (estimated)
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The 40-foot alien monster was actually a marionette about 15 inches high. It was essentially a combination of a rat, bat, spider, and crab. See more »

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We are left to assume that four trained scientists - one of whom comments that its leg-shaped "trees" are at least 40 feet high - fail to notice the rat-bat-spider-crab monster standing in the midst of an otherwise empty plain. See more »

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Col. Thomas O'Bannion: You know, Irish, you're the first scientist I've ever known with lovely, long red hair!
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along came a spider-rat
16 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Angry Red Planet" will be a treat for anyone who admires sci-fi flicks from the '50s and early '60s. Basically, a group of astronauts travels to Mars looking for life. They find an over-sized being which appears to be a cross between a rat and a spider. And the Munchkin mayor from "The Wizard of Oz".

I guess that there's nothing particularly unique about this movie; that era yielded many movies about people finding things in outer space. But like I said, if you have a special affinity for old-fashioned B-movies, then this is the movie for you. Watching the DVD with Spanish subtitles makes it even more interesting.


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