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Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 April 1953 (USA)
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

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Richard Blake (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helena Carter ... Dr. Pat Blake
Arthur Franz ... Dr. Stuart Kelston / Narrator
Jimmy Hunt ... David MacLean
Leif Erickson ... Mr. George MacLean
Hillary Brooke ... Mrs. Mary MacLean
Morris Ankrum ... Col. Fielding
Max Wagner ... Sgt. Rinaldi
William Phipps ... Sgt. Baker (as Bill Phipps)
Milburn Stone ... Capt. Roth
Janine Perreau ... Kathy Wilson
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Storyline

One night, young David McLean sees a spaceship crash into a nearby sandpit. His father goes to investigate, but comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he's now sullen and snarlingly rude. Others fall into the sandpit and begin acting like him: cold, ill-tempered and conspiratorial. David knows that aliens are taking over the bodies of humans, but he'll soon discover there have been far more of these terrible thefts than he could have imagined. The young doom-monger finds some serious help in a lady doctor and a brilliant astronomer. Soon they meet the aliens: green creatures with insect-like eyes. These beings prove to be slaves to their leader: a large, silent head with ceaselessly shifting eyes and two tentacles on either side, each of which branches off into three smaller tentacles. It's up to the redoubtable earth trio to stop its evil plans. Written by J. Spurlin

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Mankind's oldest fear comes to life! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invaders See more »

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Budget:

$290,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Supercinecolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was originally optioned by Arthur Gardner and Jules V. Levy. The option expired before they could get a production off the ground. The rights then went to Levy's boss, producer Edward L. Alperson. See more »

Goofs

When the desk sergeant calls Dr. Blake the clock on the wall behind him reads 11:05. Some time later, after Dr. Blake has arrived and is talking to David another brief view of the desk sergeant shows the clock still reading 11:05. See more »

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Narrator: The heavens. Once an object of superstition, awe, and fear. Now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery the heavens have kept a secret. What sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life, like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale? Or dangerously higher? Seeking the answer to this timeless question, forever seeking, ...
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Almost Lost Forever
19 July 2003 | by awillebeSee all my reviews

Did you know this movie was almost lost forever rotting away in a film file at a tv studio in California I believe.There was just one copy left and it was deteriating badly! Thanks to a man called Wade Williams (one of the producers in 86 awful remake) who ran a movie theater in Kansas City went all over the country in the seveties looking for this film. He like myself grew up watching this movie in the early sixties when it just literally disapeared off the face of the earth.This info is based on a Star Log magazine story in 1977 and a personal phone call to Wade Williams that same year.

I did finally get to see the movie in early 1981 when it was shown on tv 38 Boston and was blown away to see it again.I have the movie on vhs and plan to get on dvd soon.I grew up the late fifties and early sixties and this is as well as 3 Stooges Have Rocket Will Travel and Target Earth are part of my all time favorites.I guess you had to haved lived thru that era to really appreciate these movies.


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