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Ben Starr (screenplay)
Nathaniel Benchley (novel)
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Release Date:
July 1967 (USA) See more »
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Sid Caesar ... Ben Powell

Vera Miles ... Kate Powell

Barry Gordon ... Steve Powell

John McGiver ... Uncle George

Cass Daley ... Felicity
Ricky Cordell ... Miles Thorpe

Mary Wickes ... Gloria Tritt

Jesse White ... Fess Dorple

Robert Donner ... Ebenezer
Mickey Deems ... Rabbit Warren

Nestor Paiva ... Felicity's Father

Doodles Weaver ... Booper Mellish

Jay C. Flippen ... Mother

Jill Townsend ... Jenny / Priscilla / Carol

John Astin ... Dr. Frieden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William Castle ... Mr. Hymer (uncredited)

Byron Foulger ... Drug Store Owner (uncredited)

Harvey Lembeck ... Capt. Pederson (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Ben Starr (screenplay)

Nathaniel Benchley (novel "The Visitors")

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
Original Music by
Vic Mizzy 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (director of photography) (as Harold Stine)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Don Greenwood Jr. 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... unit production manager
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Garry A. Harris .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Lee Vasque .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Other crew
William Castle .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Last film role for Nestor Paiva.See more »
Continuity: When Ben is in the bathroom preparing to go to bed the first night, he walks out wearing slippers, when he enters the bedroom he is bare foot.See more »
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Referenced in All the Way Down (1968)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Love to see it again, 16 July 2002
Author: Jozepo from United States

I would love to see this movie again, I saw it once as a kid, and have always wanted to see it again. I wonder how much my perception has changed since then. I fear that I might think it's horrible now, compared to my fond childhood memory of it. Why do I think so highly of this film? I don't even know. That may be a question in itself. All I know is, the film couldn't have been so bad that they wouldn't put it out on video or DVD, hell they've put everything else out. If anybody knows how I can see this film again please notify me. . It was very nice to read the other comments from other people who liked this film as well. Now, suddenly I don't feel so alone in the universe.


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