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Target Earth (1954)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 November 1954 (USA)
Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are strangers Frank and Nora.

Director:

Sherman A. Rose

Writers:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), James H. Nicholson (original screenplay) (as James Nicholson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ... Frank Brooks
Kathleen Crowley ... Nora King
Virginia Grey ... Vicki Harris
Richard Reeves ... Jim Wilson
Robert Roark ... Davis, the Killer
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Charles Otis
Arthur Space ... Lt. General Wood
Whit Bissell ... Tom, Chief research scientist
James Drake James Drake ... Lieutenant (as Jim Drake)
Steve Pendleton ... Colonel
House Peters Jr. ... Technician
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Storyline

A large city is ordered to be completely evacuated as an army of robots, believed to be from the planet Venus, attack it. Left behind are Nora King and Frank Brooks, strangers until their chance meeting in the deserted streets. They meet a celebrating couple at a café, Vicki Harris and Jim Wilson. The quartet escape the robot patrol and take refuge in a large hotel. There, they encounter a new danger in Davis, a psychopathic killer. Venus robots or not, Davis practices his profession. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasores de otros mundos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$85,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Although the production crew had no permits, the scenes showing the deserted city were filmed in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday mornings when the streets would be vacant. See more »

Goofs

Brooks had been knocked over the head and "dumped in an alley", yet his clothes are clean and pressed. See more »

Quotes

Frank Brooks: Take it easy. I'm not going to hurt you.
[grabs Nora and slaps her]
Frank Brooks: That's more like it. Now calm down!
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Alternate Versions

One TV version contains an extra scene after the opening credits showing several alien craft flying out from the side of the moon.This scene looks very much like it comes from another sci-fi movie of the time as it is very badly edited in to the movie.This scene is not on the DVD. See more »

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"You ever try to empty a sack of sugar?"
4 June 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A group of people wake up to find their city deserted due to an invasion of alien robots from Venus. While the military tries to figure out a way to fight back, these people hole themselves up in a hotel where they are safe. That is, until a psychopath shows up! After an impressive start, it drags some as they sit around the hotel room scared of the robots outside. The cast is decent, with stars like Richard Denning and Virginia Grey leading the way. Both were somewhat successful but should've been bigger than they were in their respective careers. Beautiful Kathleen Crowley and character actors Richard Reeves, Arthur Space, and Whit Bissell are also good. Robert Roark, however, is another story. According to the trivia section here on IMDb, he got this part because his father would only invest in the film if they cast him. I can believe that as he's the weakest part of the cast and seems to be imitating characters he saw in other movies.

The interactions between the group are pretty clichéd and cheesy but somehow I couldn't help but like them (except Roark) due to the charisma of the actors. It's kind of funny to watch Denning deduce the invaders are from Venus because of stuff he learned from reading his friend's sci-fi magazines in college. The inevitable romance between he and Crowley comes on super fast, with them falling for each other hard within hours of meeting. This is made all the more implausible when you see how much of a jerk he is to her in the first part of the film.

As others have pointed out, the special effects are limited. There's one rather silly-looking robot that they keep filming yet they tell us there's supposed to be a whole army. Look, '50s sci-fi was the best but sometimes its charm was in its goofiness. The robot here is pretty goofy. The actual invasion stuff takes place off-screen and stock footage is used a little too much. Still, despite its shortcomings, it's an entertaining movie.


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