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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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A new high in naked shrieking terror! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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Mono

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Was remade, almost line for line, as In the Year 2889 (1967). See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in The Terror Within (1989) See more »

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The S.F. Blues
Solo by Pete Candoli
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Good entertainment
7 November 2002 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

This science fiction tale of doom and gloom was one of the earliest from Roger Corman, who produced and directed. While at times being a bit slow and predictable, the film features some fine talent. It stars Richard Denning as the heroic scientist hero--a role he was certainly no stranger to performing, the lovely Lori Nelson as one of the atomic blast survivors-Louise Maddison who is as far as the two leading men(Rick & Tony-played by Mike 'Touch' Connors)in the cast and even the mutant monster in the film are concerned the most desirable woman alive as far as they know. The Mutant Monster is another Paul Blaisdell brought to life on screen by Blaisdell himself. Despite looking a bit rubbery, it does have a real menace about it. Mike Connors is decidedly unsympathetic and uncaring as the two-bit hood Tony(who only wants to take and is concerned only for satisfying his own twisted desires). Paul Birch and Adele Jergens are also quite good as Maddisson(the concerned father who tries to maintain the safety of the group and fend off Tony) and Ruby(Tony's loyal kind-hearted girlfriend with a shady past). For a low budget film effort, this one is really quite good.


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