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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.
Towards the end, Stenning is driving to Genie's apartment, when he stops to talk to a policeman, who is played by Michael Caine, in an early role.
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 center). "Express" Editor Arthur Christiansen plays himself in the film.
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.
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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 after 2000.
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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.
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At about 45:20 into the movie, 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.
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In the early 1990s Val Guest was attached to a mooted remake, to be set in New York City, though the plans fell ultimately through.
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At the beginning of the film, Peter Blythe makes a brief uncredited appearance as the copy desk boy taking Stenning's story, and Leo McKern stars as science reporter Bill Maguire. They would both star together in the hit television series Rumpole of the Bailey (1978), with McKern in the title role and Blythe as head of chambers, Sam Ballard.
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The film received an "X" certificate from the British Board of Film Censors upon release in 1961, barring anyone under sixteen from seeing it.
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At around 1:30, near the end of the movie, Bill Maguire quotes the first two lines of the 1826 poem "Casabianca" by British poet Felicia Dorothea Hemans: "The boy stood on the burning deck/Whence all but he had fled".
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Bill Maguire quotes Dante Alighieri's poem "Divine Comedy": "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
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Saturday Review magazine cover story, issue date February 10, 1962. Review by Hollis Alpert.
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Edward Judd receives an "introducing" credit.
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