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The War of the Worlds (1953)

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A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Clayton Forrester
... Sylvia Van Buren
... Maj. Gen. Mann
... Dr. Pryor (as Bob Cornthwaite)
Sandro Giglio ... Dr. Bilderbeck
Lewis Martin ... Pastor Dr. Matthew Collins
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ... Gen. Mann's Aide (as Housely Stevenson Jr.)
... Second Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer
... Wash Perry (as Bill Phipps)
Vernon Rich ... Col. Ralph Heffner
... Cop at Crash Site
... Salvatore
... Commentary (voice) (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Australian Policeman (scenes deleted)
Rudy Lee ... Boy (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

H.G. Wells' classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Release Date:

26 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kampf der Welten  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)| (newsreel archive footage before opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Hope appears in the film, not as an actor, but his name is on a large, red billboard seen after one of the churches visited by Dr. Clayton Forrester. See more »

Goofs

When the scientists are about to project an image using the Martian lens, there are two separate shadows from the boom and mike. As soon as the projector screen is pulled down there is a shadow from the boom that goes across the entire screen. At that same moment, the shadow from the mike can be seen on the wall to the left of the projector screen. See more »

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Radio Reporter: [voiceover] In the First World War, and for the first time in the history of man, nations combined to fight against nations using the crude weapons of those days. The Second World War involved every continent on the globe, and men turned to science for new devices of warfare, which reached an unparalleled peak in their capacity for destruction. And now, fought with the terrible weapons of super-science, menacing all mankind and every creature on the Earth comes the War of the Worlds.
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Paramount on Parade
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Written by Elsie Janis and Jack King
Played over the opening logo
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Freaked Me Out
24 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Cheesy, Yes! But...

Probably the creepiest and most horrifying scenes in Filmdom was when the Martian crept up behind our heroine and clamped its tarsier-like fingers on her shoulder.

She freaked, but not immediately. She paused. Reacted to that touch. Slowly turned her head around and LOOKED at the offending appendages.

This entire moment of horror and violation took about four to six seconds.

Her mind - finally - comprehended it. IT had touched her.

Then she lost it.

One of the best screams in film history. Great acting and just overwhelming.

For that one scene, I love this movie. Creepy as hell!


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