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Day the World Ended (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1955 (USA)
In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Lou Rusoff (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ... Rick
Lori Nelson ... Louise Maddison
Adele Jergens ... Ruby
Mike Connors ... Tony Lamont (as Touch Connors)
Paul Birch ... Jim Maddison
Raymond Hatton ... Pete
Paul Dubov ... Radek
Jonathan Haze ... Contaminated Man
Paul Blaisdell ... Mutant
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Storyline

After a nuclear war, an unlikely group of people, including a rancher, a geologist, a crook and his girlfriend, find themselves trapped in the middle of nowhere while battling an ugly mutant created by Paul Blaisdell. The geologist and the crook also find the time to fight over the rancher's daughter, while the moll fumes. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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A new high in naked shrieking terror! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atom Canavari See more »

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Budget:

$96,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Was shot in nine days. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt doubles for Richard Denning and Mike Connors during their fight scene. See more »

Quotes

Tony Lamont: [after putting on Jim's clothes] You got pretty good taste in sports shirts, mister!
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK in 1956, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1991 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »


Soundtracks

The S.F. Blues
Solo by Pete Candoli
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STRETCH That Suspension of Disbelief
2 February 2003 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Okay, while the scientific background of this film is, to say the very least, incredibly void of any sound scientific data concerning atomic/nuclear type bombs aimed at ending human civilization, the story has charm, a bit of wit, and is quite entertaining as one man, his daughter, and five other strangers live in his home hidden in mountains/valley away from any fallout. Paul Birch plays the man who tried to convince everyone of what they needed to do but wasn't heeded. Birch gives a stoic performance with little emotion. His daughter is played by Lori Nelson(Revenge of the Creature). Her love interest, Richard Denning, plays good guy to gangster Touch (Mike) Connors and his moll, Adele Jergens. Rounding out the cast is inebriate Raymond Hatton with donkey in tow. All of the cast do a very good job. Connors plays a despicable thug very nicely. Hatton is effective as a drunk, and Jergens really shines (and is gorgeous) as a burlesque queen past her prime and stuck with a guy that no longer wants her. You can imagine how things go when rations decrease and sensitivities increase. One man, not aforementioned, named Radek gets affected and fear worms its way into this powder-keg group. The story is a lot of fun despite the total absence of any scientific validity to its premise. Director Roger Corman once again does a workmanlike job.


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