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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | | Horror , Sci-Fi | 22 July 1951 (Brazil)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors:

Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sheridan ... Nikki Nicholson
Kenneth Tobey ... Capt. Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Arthur Carrington
Douglas Spencer ... Ned Scott
James Young ... Lt. Eddie Dykes
Dewey Martin ... Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Lt. Ken Erickson
William Self William Self ... Cpl. Barnes
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton Sally Creighton ... Mrs. Chapman
James Arness ... 'The Thing'
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Storyline

Scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out! Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Taglines:

Where Did It Come From? How Did It Get Here? WHAT IS IT? See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1951 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,251,000, 31 December 1951
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue) | (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Partly filmed in Glacier National Park, and at a Los Angeles ice storage plant. See more »

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Generators, by necessity, have over current devices. While a 1950s generator's device would be as efficient as one from the 21st century, it would still prevent it from being used to power an electrical fence without either eliminating its over current capabilities (thus risking its destruction) or using capacitors to boost the current, which were not shown. See more »

Quotes

Ned "Scotty" Scott: So few people can boast that they've lost a flying saucer and a man from Mars -all in the same day! Wonder what they'd have done to Columbus if he'd discovered America, and then mislaid it.
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Crazy Credits

Only technical and production credits precede the film, no acting credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a bootleg version of this film released by VidAmerica. It edits out parts where they find the Thing, parts of the Captain and Secretary's love affair, additional scenes with the reporters, scenes with the Thing and other scenes. It also edits out the classic soundtrack and kills-off characters not killed in the theatrical release. See more »

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Can't Get Out of This Mood
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
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Watch the Skies
28 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Air Force officers and scientists in the Arctic find a crashed spaceship buried in ice. In their attempts to recover the ship, they accidentally destroy it. However, it's not a total loss as they find the body of an alien also under the ice. They take the body back to their base but, when the ice thaws, they discover the alien is still alive and very deadly.

Science fiction classic that was the first of the alien invasion movie boom of the 1950s. The script is terrific and the actors excellent. They bring life to the characters and make them seem real and (almost all) likable. While he's not the star, Douglas Spencer as the reporter Scotty gets some of the best lines. This was the highlight of his career. Robert Cornthwaite is also good in a role that would become a cliché in sci-fi movies in the years after: the scientist who values knowledge more than life. The credited director is Christian Nyby, but producer Howard Hawks at the very least was looking over Nyby's shoulder and making sure it turned out the way he wanted. The movie has many of the Hawks trademarks. Particularly with the male and female leads, played by Kenneth Tobey and Margaret Sheridan, who are very Hawksian characters. There's also the distinctive Hawks overlapping dialogue and banter. It's this part of the film, more than any other one element, that separates it from other sci-fi films of the period. It's a very smart movie. A very fun movie. A true classic that should be on any sci-fi fan's must-see list. Also catch the 1982 remake, which is one of the best remakes ever made.


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