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Killers from Space (1954)

An atomic scientist claims he was abducted by aliens after being injured in a plane crash.

Director:

W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), Myles Wilder (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Dr. Doug Paul Martin
James Seay ... Col. Banks
Steve Pendleton ... Briggs
Frank Gerstle ... Dr. Curt Kruger (as Frank Gerstel)
John Frederick John Frederick ... Deneb / The Tala (as John Merrick)
Barbara Bestar ... Ellen Martin
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Maj. Clift (as Shep Menken)
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Power House Guard
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Sentry - Sgt. Powers (as Ron Kennedy)
Ben Welden ... Pilot - Tar Baby 2
Burt Wenland Burt Wenland ... Sgt. Bandero
Lester Dorr ... Station Attendant
Robert Roark ... Guard
Ruth Bennett Ruth Bennett ... Secretary - Miss Vincent
Mark Scott Mark Scott ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinos del espacio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Planet Filmplays See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to the usual practice in the 1950s, the credits appear at the end rather than at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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When the doctor gives Martin the shot of sodium amathol, Briggs is standing behind him, but in the next shot Col. Banks is behind the doctor and Briggs is behind the Col. See more »

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Briggs, FBI: Did you ever stop to think that perhaps this Dr. Martin isn't really THE Dr. Martin?
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What a scheme those aliens had
16 April 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Before Seventh Heaven, before Mission Impossible, before even Fury, Peter Graves spent a lot of his time doing science fiction films, some of the best and some of the worst. This one falls in the latter category.

This was a cheaply based low budget thriller with no thrills where Graves has been monitoring atomic bomb tests out in the New Mexico desert by air. Some nasty old aliens are out in the caverns laying plans for a billion of their people to come take over the earth from the folks who live here now. I won't say more, but it involves a scheme of creating monsters who will destroy mankind and then the aliens will destroy the monsters without spilling too much human blood.

The miracle here is that Peter Graves as an actor had a career after some of the films he appeared in back in his salad days. This is one great example of what he survived.

Stock footage from other films, cheap black and white photography, imbecilic plot. Peter Graves looks stoically earnest throughout though. I guess that is a tribute to his talent.

Ed Wood would have looked down on this one.


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