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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 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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ATTACKED... by a creature from hell! 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 remade, almost line for line, as In the Year 2889 (1967). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jim Maddison: Rick, if there's no way out, use that gun on Louise.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mutants (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The S.F. Blues
Solo by Pete Candoli
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See It in Widescreen!
22 August 2000 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

This film was recently televised on AMC in 2:35 Superscope, and if you've seen it before (like me), you've missed almost half the picture. The wide photography opens up the film considerably, in the mountains, at the lake, even in the house. The film is eerie, with creepy music and atmosphere, but monster costume at the end disappoints. Yet director Roger Corman wisely keeps the creature offscreen most of the time, effectively using sounds, shadows, and blurred camerawork in this end-of-the world thriller. Lori Nelson is lovingly photographed, playing the comely daughter of Navy vet Paul Birch. It's odd that all the seven survivors gather at once in the beginning of the film, including Richard Denning as (conveniently) a geologist, Adele Jergens (excellent) as a stripper and Mike Connors her punky boyfriend. The film is not uninteresting, and I wonder whether the creature is actually Nelson's transformed boyfriend, since she claims he keeps calling her by name. Worth seeing, but ONLY in widescreen.


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