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Devil Girl from Mars (1954)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 27 April 1955 (USA)
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An uptight, leather-clad female alien, armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot, comes to Earth to collect Earth's men as breeding stock.

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David MacDonald (as David Macdonald)

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John C. Mather (play), James Eastwood (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh McDermott ... Michael
Hazel Court ... Ellen
Peter Reynolds ... Albert
Adrienne Corri ... Doris
Joseph Tomelty ... Professor
John Laurie ... Mr. Jamieson
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Mrs. Jamieson
Anthony Richmond Anthony Richmond ... Tommy
James Edmond James Edmond ... David
Stewart Hibberd Stewart Hibberd ... News reader
Patricia Laffan ... Nyah
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Storyline

In a Scottish inn, the owners, employees and guests are reunited in the bar. Our of the blue, a flying saucer lands nearby and a woman dressed in black leather like a dominatrix with a cape arrives in the bar armed with a ray-gun. She explains that she is Nyah from Mars, and she was heading to London. However her spacecraft collided with an airplane and was damaged; therefore she had to land to repair the saucer. She also explains that she is looking for men to breed her female race since the male population is dying after warfare between males and females and they need offspring. Nyah has the robot Chani to help her to capture men, but she wants that one of the men volunteers to go with her to Mars. Who might be the volunteer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Invasion from Outer Space!...Sights too weird to imagine! Destruction too monstrous to escape! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota Diabólica de Marte See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.80 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Laffan thought her costume was hot and hard to wear. See more »

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When the "indestructable" robot Chanti leaves the spaceship, a close-up of his feet reveals paint scraping off where the joints of the suit and the boots meet. See more »

Quotes

Nyah: It amuses me to watch your puny efforts!
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) See more »

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A fun movie -- if you don't take it seriously . . .
14 November 2001 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

An odd little cinematic gift from England -- but don't take it too seriously. The story is set in an isolated English inn where a flying saucer lands and surrounds the area in an invisible force field. From the spacecraft emerges a fifteen-foot-tall robot and an evil Martian woman who announces that the matriarchal Martian society has sent her to select Earth men for breeding purposes. The Martian men have been subjugated ever since they lost a war with the women, and during the intervening centuries the males have grown weak and useless. (American men take note: this could happen to you, too!)

All this is played absolutely straight by the cast. No cutesy sex jokes.

On the negative side: bogus scientific terms saturate Miss Laffan's dialogue. The robot looks too much like a refrigerator with a police light for a head. The entire films is shot on an indoor set, causing it to resemble the original stage production on which it was based (yes, a British sci-fi PLAY!)

On the positive side: The concepts described by the bogus scientific dialogue are key elements in the plot -- which means the viewer has to pay attention to keep up with what's going on. The Scenes of the woman and the robot coming out of the huge spacecraft are flawlessly matted and very impressive -- and so is the robot's demonstration of its death ray. Patricia Laffan (the Martian women) overacts outrageously, but her performance is still enjoyable. Her shiny black outfit is comprised of black boots, short skirt, long cape, and black skullcap. The supporting players do a fine job, including the lovely Hazel Court. Praiseworthy music score by Edwin Astely. The story contains some good concepts. For example, the spacecraft is made of `organic metal' that repairs its own damage. Unfortunately, we don't get any special effects depicting this marvel.

In some ways, this one is more fun to watch than a few of the more well-regarded sci-fi entries. It's available on pre-recorded VHS, and worth the few bucks it costs -- IF your expectations have been properly adjusted. I hope I succeeded in doing this. Let me know if I've succeeded.


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