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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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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)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Rockwell appears, uncredited, as a State Trooper in the film. Rockwell was the male lead in Our Miss Brooks (1952). When that series changed it's format, Rockwell was replaced by Gene Barry, the lead in this film. See more »

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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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THE CLASSIC SCI-FI FILM
12 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Before Independence Day there was THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, based on the classic book by H.G. Wells and motivated by the mass hysteria created by the 1939 radio broadcast. Intense special effects for it's day and featuring a realistic approach to how to handle an alien invasion. The writers of ID4 must have been influenced by this one.

This movie moves fast as US military forces quickly realize their obselecence vs the superior Martian technology. Humans begin giving up the fight and are all but ready to surrender to the onslaught. Then, the suprise ending ID4 chose to modify for todays standards.

The movie keeps well inline with the book, I think the only major discrepency is that the Aliens didn't use Chemical weapons in the movie. (maybe a wise choice by Hollywood)


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