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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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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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

As opposed to that interview with James Arness, the film's star, Kenneth Tobey, has maintained in many interviews that it was indeed Hawks who directed the film. Tobey said that he had worked with Nyby after this film on many occasions, and he was a fine director, but Hawks did call the shots on most of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the conclusion of the scene where Cap. Hendry first meets Dr. Carrington, as they are leaving the lab, Carrington refers to Nikki as "Miss Litton" rather than "Miss Nicholson." Margaret Sheridan's face registers her awareness of the actor's mistake, but she "goes along with it" and the scene was printed "as is" rather than give a retake. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Arthur Carrington: Well Captain, can we start now?
Hendry: You mind telling me where we're going, Doctor?
Dr. Arthur Carrington: Forty-eight miles due east from here.
Hendry: Your message said an airplane had crashed. Is that what we're looking for?
Dr. Arthur Carrington: I don't know, Captain.
Hendry: I think you'd better explain, Doctor.
Dr. Arthur Carrington: Oh, I'm sorry. Miss Nicholson, would you mind reading Captain Hendry my first notes?
Nikki: Surely.
Dr. Arthur Carrington: I was thinking only of the vagueness of my information. I dislike being vague.
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Only technical and production credits precede the film, no acting credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
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A Timeless Sci-Fi Classic Regardless of Era
16 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Thing From Another World is one of the top ten science fiction movies of all time. The original version feeds on our paranoia of the times as well as the fears of the atomic age and invasion from outerspace. Remember Mr. Arnold first saw what was called flying saucers only a few short years earlier. The acting and storyline are tight and first rate. The claustraphobia from being confined inside the North Pole with an alien running amoke is done very well. The cast rounds out the movie quite well with great performances of all of the characters. Granted to soem the movie may seem dated and lack special effects of the remake, but the remake does not capture the times and the fear of the so called Reds that this does. The Thing From Another World has to rank in the top ten. As a kid I thought it was one of the better, not to mention more frightening science fiction movies, up there with War of the Worlds and The Day The World Stood Still. This stands up story wise. Not all science fiction needs to have effects on the order of Star Wars. Sometimes, like horror, it's what you don't see that can get to you. This is a timeless classic. IT has to be in the top ten sci-fi films of all time. If you don't rent it, buy it. You will love it!


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