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The Angry Red Planet (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror, 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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Ib Melchior

Writers:

Ib Melchior (screenplay by), Sidney W. Pink (screenplay by) (as Sid Pink) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerald Mohr ... Col. Thomas O'Bannion
Nora Hayden ... Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan
Les Tremayne ... Prof. Theodore Gettell
Jack Kruschen ... CWO Sam Jacobs
Paul Hahn Paul Hahn ... Maj. Gen. George Treegar
J. Edward McKinley ... Prof. Paul Weiner
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Dr. Frank Gordon
Don Lamond Don Lamond ... TV Newscaster / Special Narrator / Martian (voice)
Edward Innes Edward Innes ... Brig. Gen. Alan Prescott
Gordon Barnes Gordon Barnes ... Maj. Lyman Ross
Jack Haddock Jack Haddock ... Lt. Col. Davis
Brandy Bryan Brandy Bryan ... Nurse Hayes
Joan Patrick ... Nurse Dixon (as Joan Fitzpatrick)
Duke Norton Duke Norton ... Dr. Muller
William Remick 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Master Marionette artist, Bob Baker, was called in to manipulate the Batratspidercrab creature. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, it's said that there is a communications lag with Earth of just a couple seconds, adding "just wait until it's a couple hours!" But at their greatest separation, the radio lag between Earth and Mars would only be about 22 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan: I know you think I acted like an hysterical female back at the ship, but I can assure you I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself.
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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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Edited from Invisible Invaders (1959) See more »

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AIP In Space
29 January 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she (Naura Hayden) does not remember the circumstances of the trip.

The film stars Gerald Mohr and is directed by American International Pictures regular Ib Melchior. Melchior was only given 10 days and a budget of $200,000 to make the film. All things considered, he did alright.

The New York Times wrote, "The Angry Red Planet solemnly warns its audiences not to go to Mars. Stubborn patrons who ignore the advice will discover that the planet looks like a cardboard illustration from Flash Gordon and is inhabited by carnivorous plants, a giant amoeba and a species resembling a three-eyed green ant." Well said.

Great film? No. Fun film? Yes.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of Mars See more »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Sino Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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