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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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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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Storyline

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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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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23 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion of Mars  »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

$54,000 - or just over a quarter of the film's budget - was spent turning the footage into the so-called Cinemagic process. See more »

Goofs

Les Tremayne clearly states that have deliberately landed on the equatorial area of Mars because that area is most likely to have life. Later Jack Khruschen, clearly contradicting that geography, asks where the polar caps are. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan: [confused as to why O'Bannion keeps calling her "Irish" instead of her name] I never know if you're calling me by name or nationality.
Col. Thomas O'Bannion: [seductively] When I call you by your name... you'll know it.
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Crazy Credits

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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