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The Thing from Another World (1951)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Nikki Nicholson
... Capt. Patrick Hendry
... Dr. Arthur Carrington
... Ned Scott
... Lt. Eddie Dykes
... Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols ... Lt. Ken Erickson
William Self ... Cpl. Barnes
... Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton ... Mrs. Chapman
... '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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What do you know about it? What does science know about it? What does ANYONE know about THE THING? (Newspaper ad). See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 1951 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,251,000, 31 December 1951
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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Scotty (Douglas Spencer) mentioned having attended the 1928 execution of Ruth Snyder and Judd Grey, another character asked him if he was able to get a picture of it. Scotty answers, "No, they didn't allow cameras, but one guy." He was interrupted by The Thing's approach before he can finish the sentence. Scotty was referring to Chicago Tribune photographer Tom Howard, who smuggled a miniature camera into the execution chamber strapped to his ankle and was able to take a famous photograph of Snyder's final moments in the electric chair. See more »

Goofs

Considering that a geiger counter was giving high radiation readings in a plane far above the saucer's crash site, the few minutes the recovery crew spent near the saucer should have given them serious and perhaps fatal radiation poisoning. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Arthur Carrington: Miss Nicholson.
Nikki: Yes, Doctor?
Dr. Arthur Carrington: At 12:10 AM the hand became alive. The temperature of the forearm showed a 20-degree rise. Because of this rise in temperature I believe it was able to ingest the canine blood with which it was covered. I believe...
Ned "Scotty" Scott: You mean... You mean it lives on blood.
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Only technical and production credits precede the film, no acting credits. See more »

Connections

Version of The Thing (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dying Cowboy aka Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
(uncredited)
Traditional
Portion whistled by William Self
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Watch the Skies
28 April 2014 | by See 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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