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Complete series cast summary:
John Robinson John Robinson ...  Professor Bernard Quatermass 6 episodes, 1955
Monica Grey Monica Grey ...  Paula Quatermass 6 episodes, 1955
Hugh Griffith ...  Dr. Leo Pugh 6 episodes, 1955
John Stone John Stone ...  Captain John Dillon 4 episodes, 1955
Charles Price Charles Price ...  2nd Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Dermot MacMahon Dermot MacMahon ...  3rd Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Stephen Scott Stephen Scott ...  Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Manny Michael Manny Michael ...  Guard / ... 4 episodes, 1955
Austin Trevor ...  Fowler 3 episodes, 1955
Edwin Brown ...  Paratrooper / ... 3 episodes, 1955
Peter Roy Taylor Peter Roy Taylor ...  Paratrooper / ... 3 episodes, 1955
Rupert Davies ...  Vincent Broadhead 2 episodes, 1955
Michael Golden Michael Golden ...  Paddy 2 episodes, 1955
John Miller John Miller ...  Stenning 2 episodes, 1955
John Rae John Rae ...  E.G. McLeod 2 episodes, 1955
Denton De Gray Denton De Gray ...  Technician 2 episodes, 1955
Ian Wilson ...  Ernie 2 episodes, 1955
Desmond Jordan Desmond Jordan ...  Young Workman 2 episodes, 1955
Peter Carver Peter Carver ...  Australian Commentator / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Martin Lane Martin Lane ...  Technician 2 episodes, 1955
Laurence Shiel Laurence Shiel ...  Head of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Scott Harrold Scott Harrold ...  Man in Pub / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Bryan Kendrick Bryan Kendrick ...  2nd Technician 2 episodes, 1955
Malcolm Watson Malcolm Watson ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Carl Lacey Carl Lacey ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Robert S. Young Robert S. Young ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Bernard Dudley Bernard Dudley ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Stephen Dunne ...  Member of Commission 2 episodes, 1955
Reginald Jessup ...  Extra in Riot Sequence / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Brian Moorehead Brian Moorehead ...  1st Guard / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Roger Delgado ...  Hugh Conrad 2 episodes, 1955
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Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, draws the Professor's attention to a strange hollow meteorite which interrupted an Army Training exercise. Quatermass and Dillon investigate, and discover a vast government production plant which has some connection with the meteorites. After coming in contact with the noxious gas contained inside the meteorites, Dillon is taken away by the plant's security guards. When Quatermass presses this issue with an old civil service acquaintance, he learns that the plant is supposedly making synthetic food. Both men learn that this is untrue, and that the true products of the plant will threaten the world itself. Written by Christopher M. Buckey <ChrisBuckey@nospam.msn.com>

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UK

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English

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22 October 1955 (UK) See more »

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£7,552 (estimated)
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(6 episodes)

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Special effects crewmen Bernard Wilkie and Jack Kine make an appearance in the Episode Six ("The Destroyers") as technicians assisting Professor Quatermass with his spacesuit. This was because the rubber spacesuit costume John Robinson wore was so heavy it prevented him from reaching his mark for the next scene, so he had to be carried across the studio. See more »

Goofs

Leo Pugh claims the odds of a meteorite reaching the Earth's surface are something like "one in a billion". In reality such events are much more common. See more »

Quotes

[Dillon and Grice are about to leave their radar site to investigate a meteorite impact they tracked]
Sgt. Grice: [to the Private watching the radar screen] You carry on. Just report that plane when it shows up. Nothing else. Got it?
Private: Yes, Sergeant.
[Dillon and Grice leave]
Private: It's the one I learnt yesterday, Sergeant.
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Alternate Versions

Episode Three ("The Food") was broadcast in 1991 as part of the programming celebrating the history of the BBC's Lime Grove facility. In order to fit into the half-hour timeslot, several minutes of footage were cut from the episode. See more »

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Followed by The Quatermass Experiment (2005) See more »

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A good movie for an afternoon of B&W entertainment
29 September 2014 | by trash_42See all my reviews

I had never heard of the Quartermass series before and after seeing Quartermass II: The Enemy From Space, I hope I can find the others.

Being honest here, I never have been too much a fan of British made films as comparatively they always had what I (personal opinion - NOT meant as a negative!) felt was a cheap, amateurish feel to them. I still see this in some of today's work. However, this movie was quality done for its day. The actors, for the most part don't deliberately "act" so it distracts from the plot. Instead they seem immersed enough to make the plot flow smoothly.

A definite fun watch, and likely I will watch it again. When taken in context of the time period it was made, it would rate a full 10... I think. But just b/c this review may be read by people too young to remember/understand this was made in a much different time period and culture, I rated it an 8. Its certainly not part of the Star Wars series ... but to enjoy these old films, people must realize watching it to make a comparisons with modern productions will always be disappointing.

Watch films like this for the fun of seeing how people back then saw sci fi. Then they become very enjoyable since you get to experience the mindset underlying today's sci fi culture, and you can see where we came from!


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