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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) Poster

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As the earth heats up Bill McGuire asks for information on the melting point of "everything from steel to my glass eye". Leo McKern did in fact have a glass eye.
The realistic newspaper footage was shot in the Fleet Street offices of Express Newspapers and gives a vivid picture of the "old" London Fleet Street industry (most British newspapers have now moved out of this area, which was famous as a press centre). "Express" editor Arthur Christiansen plays himself in the film.
The scenes of the "Met Office" were filmed both outside and inside the Ministry of Defence Main Building in Whitehall. This access was remarkable. Those interiors were little changed until refurbishment of MOD after 2000.
Towards the end, Stenning is driving to Genie's apartment when he stops to talk to a policeman - none other than Michael Caine in a very early role.
Editor James Needs used stock footage from Hammer's The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), also directed by Val Guest of a fire truck racing through the night past the patrol station in Bray.
In an early scene Jeannie is struggling with a Roneo stencil duplicator, saying it is "over-inking". The Roneo company threatened to sue the producers for the potential damage to the reputation of their products.
At about 45:20 into the movie the actress portraying Jeannie Craig (Janet Munro) steps from the shower and wraps herself in a towel. The image in the mirror at the right of the screen reflects her nude breasts. This movie was shown here in America in the early sixties. Although that type of scene was common in Europe; one wonders if the American censors deleted that portion of the movie.
In the early 1990s Val Guest was attached to a mooted remake, to be set in New York, though the plans fell ultimately through.
Bill Maguire quotes Dante Alighieri's poem "Divine Comedy": "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
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