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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 Forrester is flying the Army plane he and Sylvia found, he's shown (from the pilot's point of view) nearly hitting a tree. The camera then cuts back to him and Sylvia as he steers the plane, then again shifts to the pilot's view as he veers past a hill with the Martian machines suddenly on the right, then steers left toward another tree, which he crashes into - and which is obviously the same shot of the same tree he had been shown almost striking a moment before. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Written by Zip Wilson
Performed by Zip Wilson
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Great 1953 Film!
17 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Decided to view this film which has been showing on TV for a very long time and enjoyed the great efforts of the director to create a great Classic Sci-Fi Film. Gene Barry (Dr. Clayton Forrester),"Burke's Law,TV Series, '63, gave a great performance hiding behind some rather large framed glasses. Ann Robinson,(Sylvia Van Buren),"Imitation of Life",'59 gave a great supporting role and helped Dr. Forrester try to defeat the invading enemy from another planet. This is a great Classic film from the 1950's, however, I am very glad that our films industry has progressed since this flick. I never thought we would ever see just what the enemy looked like and the ending of the film will surprise you to NO END!!! KEEP PRAYING!


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