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Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1959 (USA)
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A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Love ...
Dawn Bender ...
Betty Morgan (as Dawn Anderson)
Bryan Grant ...
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Gramps Morgan
Tom Graeff ...
Joe Rogers (as Tom Lockyear)
King Moody ...
Spacecraft Captain (as Robert King Moody)
Helen Sage ...
Frederick Welch ...
Dr. C.R. Brandt, MD (as Frederic Welch)
Carl Dickensen ...
Gas Station Attendant
Sonia Torgeson ...
Billy Bridges ...
Driver picking up Thor
James Conklin ...
Prof. Simpson
Gene Sterling ...
Ralph Lowe ...
Bill DeLand ...
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A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. The invaders, who arrive in a flying saucer, carry deadly ray guns that turn Earth-people into skeletons. Written by alfiehitchie

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Invasion of the Gargon  »

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The film's producers could not afford to construct a giant lobster, so only its shadow is seen - cast, no doubt, by a normal-sized lobster. See more »

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About half of the film is supposed to take place at night. You can tell because they say things like "when it gets light" and the interiors of the car are dark. Despite this, it is clearly daylight in every single exterior shot. See more »

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Crazy Credits

All of the film's main "Production Associates" (financiers) appeared in the movie under assumed names: Bryan G. Pearson (Thor, as Bryan Grant), Ursula Pearson - uncredited (Hilda, as Ursula Hansen), Tom Graeff (Joe Rogers, as Tom Lockyear), and Charles Robert Kaltenthaler (Derek, as David Love). Gene Sterling, also listed as a "Production Associate" makes a cameo as "The Leader." See more »

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27 June 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** With the explosion of youth-oriented movies mixed with science fiction coming out of Hollywood in the 1950's with movies like teenage Werewolves Frankensteins and Zombies a movie about teenagers from outer space couldn't be that far behind.

Landing in the outskirts of town a spacecraft with a number of the crew looking like they just came off the set of a beach party movie plan to release a horde of deadly Gorgans, a crustacean-like creature, that will grow to enormous sizes and devour the entire human race. Later the aliens plan to use the Gorans as lobster soup lobster salad and about a dozen lobster main course dishes to supplement their planets dwindling food supply.

Derek a sensitive as well as rebellious youth, just like the teenagers in many movies made at that time, gets very upset when his fellow spaceman,Thor,shots Sparky, a cute little doggie,who was barking at him and turned the poor pup into a bag of bones. Derek is also secretly reading "The Book",that has been banned by the Leader of his planet, and "The Book" is putting bad ideas into Derek's head of how his planet is being run.

The movie tries to be a little more adult then most teenage movies released at that time with Derek more interested in saving the Earth from the deadly Gorgans then wanting to party around and drive fast sport cars and make out with the girls like you would expect him to do in most teenage movies like this one.

The story is ridicules as Derek is being persuaded by his fellow teenager from outer space Thor in order to either kill him or bring him back home to the Leader. The leader we later find out is Derek's father. The scenes when Thor uses his disintegration gun to turn people and animals into skeletons and the sight of the deadly Gorgans are hilarious instead of scary as the makers of "Teenagers from Outer Space" would have wanted them to be.

The ending of the movie with Derek tricking his father, the Leader, and fellow spacemen into destroying themselves with him included was all too predictable and didn't come off as good as it would have if Derek were to be left alive with his earthling girlfriend Betty and live happily ever after.

You would have hoped that the heartless aliens would have seen the light by getting influenced by the loving and family oriented earthlings and thus be able to see the errors of their ways. Then they would have converted to become members of the human race, like Derek tried to do and become. But that as we all saw in the movie was sadly not to be.


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