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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 April 1951 (USA)
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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 / Lt. Ken (Mac) MacPherson
William Self William Self ... Cpl. Barnes
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton Sally Creighton ... Mrs. Chapman
James Arness ... 'The Thing'
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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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Where did it come from? How did it get here? What is it? Will it destroy us all? Can we escape it? (Newspaper ad). See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Dr. Carrington describes the Thing as a "stranger in a strange land". This may be a reference to Gershom in the Book of Exodus 2:22; it is also the title of a 1961 novel by Robert Heinlein, who would certainly have known the quote in the movie. See more »

Goofs

During the poker game in the officer's club, MacPherson starts to lay some money on the table, then seconds later, does it again. See more »

Quotes

Hendry: I've given all the orders I want to give for the rest of my life.
Nikki: If I thought that was true I'd ask you to marry me.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In an old Laserdisc newsletter it said two scenes were added to the Laserdisc. The kissing scene already mentioned and a scene of the slaughtered scientist hanging upside down being bled to feed the seedlings. It was originally cut because it was considered too gory. The "Collector's Edition laserdisc" does not include these scenes. Side 1 is CLV and side 2 is CAV. Running time on this Laserdisc is 87 Min. The R1 DVD, while it includes the kissing scene, likewise does not restore the allegedly cut "upside down scientists" sequence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Carpenter (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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The Thing from another World 1951
22 December 2013 | by fred_philSee all my reviews

One of a very few movies I would rate a 10. It's perfection was mostly due a Charles Ledera script based on the story "Who Goes There?" and the director talents of Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks. The cast was marvelous.

The opening scene of the reporter Scotty walking his way through blizzard like snow and below zero temperature to enter a warm and cozy officers club is special. The beautiful soft music of the late 40's plays as Mr. Scott warms up by the fireplace. We get introductions underway to the main characters, pilot Captain Henry and his flying mates. A page by the general for the Captain and we are off to join a group of scientists at the north pole to explore a mysterious plane crash.

Some of the scenes at the North poll station scared the pants off me when I first saw the movie. In between the scary stuff Captain Henry and a secretary Nikki added a few romantic moments, one scene with a band playing "A lovely way to spend an evening". It's a shame that the movie sound track had none of the soft music numbers that also played in the mess hall scenes.

A great ending had me "looking at the skies" for years after.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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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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