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It Conquered the World (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 15 July 1956 (USA)
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Lou Rusoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Dr. Paul Nelson
Beverly Garland ... Claire Anderson
Lee Van Cleef ... Dr. Tom Anderson
Sally Fraser ... Joan Nelson
Russ Bender Russ Bender ... Brig. Gen. James Pattick
Jonathan Haze ... Pvt. Manuel Ortiz
Dick Miller ... Sgt. Neil
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Sheriff N.J. Shallert
Paul Harbor Paul Harbor ... Floyd Mason
Karen Kadler Karen Kadler ... Ellen Peters (as Karyne Kadler)
Charles B. Griffith ... Dr. Pete Shelton (as Charles Griffith)
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... U.S. Secretary Platt (as Marshal Bradford)
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... George Haskell (as Tom Jackson)
David McMahon ... Gen. Carpenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Knight Jim Knight ... Bazooka Soldier
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Storyline

One of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SEE. WORLD CONQUERED BY THE HORRIBLE BEAST FROM BEYOND THE STARS! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Conquered the Earth See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although usually referred to as a being a "cucumber" or another vegetable by fans, "Beluah" is actually supposed to be a fungus. See more »

Goofs

When Peter Graves confronts the police chief who has just gunned down the newspaper editor, an extra accidentally steps into the scene in the background, realizes his mistake and quickly steps back out. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tom Anderson: Claire, what I have to do tonight is difficult enough! Your only making it harder!
Claire Anderson: I want it to be hard!
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Alternate Versions

Australian DVD released by Siren (which features "Creature From The Haunted Sea" on the same disc) is taken from an old print which for some reason omits nearly every shot of the monster, leaving many scenes near the end totally incomprehensible. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Cucumber? Try Ice cream cone!
28 January 2000 | by Tim FoxSee all my reviews

What adjective is best to use when describing a film where Peter Graves fights what looks like the Good Humor alien while also shooting its bat-like minions, ending with a speech about man's nature as being "feeling"? Well, if it was directed by Roger Corman, it has to be quirky!

Drama-wise, the film does well, even if it is an obvious steal from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" AND "The Day the Earth Stood Still". The male leads, Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef, perform admirably, but it is Beverly Garland of My Three Sons who steals the show as Van Cleef's ever-suffering wife ("I won't love a monster, I won't!") And, of course, there's always the regular Corman cast of stock players, including the cute Sally Fraser, who unfortunately is shot (by her husband, no less - good gravy, this whole film is rather sexist! Killing off all the women characters? Pretty pushy, even back then.) And Russ Bender as the possessed general. And who would've suspected that Dick Miller and Jonathan Haze are the comedy relief soldiers? Let's hope those bat things aim carefully.


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