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The Angry Red Planet (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 23 November 1959 (USA)
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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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Col. Thomas O'Bannion
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Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan
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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 Patrick ...
Nurse Dixon (as Joan Fitzpatrick)
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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Cinemagic and you invade the Angry red Planet. (Ad cuts). See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Early in the film, it's said that there is a communications lag with Earth of just a couple seconds, adding "just wait until it's a couple hours!" But at their greatest separation, the radio lag between Earth and Mars would only be about 22 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Col. Thomas O'Bannion: [after the group has escaped an encounter with a Martian monster] You know, chin up, Sammy Boy!
CWO Sam Jacobs: Some playmate! King Kong's brother!
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The main title, cast and credits do not appear until the end of the film. See more »

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Wonderfully awful!
13 May 2004 | by (West Orange, NJ) – See all my reviews

Fans of the "so-bad-it's good" style of film making will have a real hoot with this film. Contains virtually all of the prerequisites for cheeseball sci fi, i.e. really bad effects, cornball dialogue, comic relief, and sexual stereotypes and innuendos. What the film lacks in budget and execution it more than makes up for in pure spirit and fun. Sci Fi fans will remember Jack Kruschen from Abbott and Costello Go to Mars playing, what else, comic relief in this film as well. Red tinted Mars scenes are pretty cool and psychedelic looking. Marionette rat-spider is a scream.

Overall, a very entertaining way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.


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