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The Quatermass Xperiment ()


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Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

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Prof. Bernard Quatermass
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Insp. Lomax
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Mrs. Judith Carroon
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Rosemary 'Rosie' Elizabeth Wrigley
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BBC TV producer
David King-Wood ...
Dr. Gordon Briscoe
Harold Lang ...
Christie
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Blake
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Police sergeant questioning Rosie
Richard Wordsworth ...
Victor Carroon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Aird ...
Mrs. Lomax (uncredited)
Margaret Anderson ...
Maggie (uncredited)
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Little Girl (uncredited)
Harry Brunning ...
Night Porter (uncredited)
Eric Corrie ...
Maggie's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Edward Dane ...
Station Policeman (uncredited)
Gron Davies ...
Charles Green (uncredited)
Basil Dignam ...
Sir Lionel Dean (uncredited)
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Sound Engineer (uncredited)
Mabel Etherington ...
Bystander (uncredited)
Molly Glessing ...
Mother at Zoo (uncredited)
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Crash Site Fireman (uncredited)
Donald Gray ...
TV Announcer (uncredited)
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TV Floor Director (uncredited)
Ernest Hare ...
Crash Site Fire Chief (uncredited)
Betty Impey ...
Central Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
Fred Johnson ...
Inspector (uncredited)
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Marsh (uncredited)
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Film Lab Technician (uncredited)
Henry B. Longhurst ...
George - Maggie's Father (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ...
Sgt. Bromley (uncredited)
Barry Lowe ...
Tucker - Night Nurse (uncredited)
Mayne Lynton ...
Zoo Superintendent (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ...
Zookeeper (uncredited)
Frank Phillips ...
BBC Announcer (uncredited)
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Local Policeman (uncredited)
John Stirling ...
Major at Crash Site (uncredited)
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Central Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
Toke Townley ...
The Chemist (uncredited)
Stanley Van Beers ...
Dr. Ludwig Reichenheim (uncredited)
John Wynn ...
Det. Sgt. Best (uncredited)

Directed by

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Val Guest

Written by

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Richard H. Landau ... (screenplay) (as Richard Landau) &
Val Guest ... (screenplay)
 
Nigel Kneale ... (based on the B.B.C. television play by)

Produced by

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Anthony Hinds ... producer
Robert L. Lippert ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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James Bernard

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Walter J. Harvey ... director of photography (as Walter Harvey)

Film Editing by

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James Needs

Editorial Department

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Henry Richardson ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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J. Elder Wills

Makeup Department

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Monica Hustler ... hairdresser
Philip Leakey ... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)

Production Management

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T.S. Lyndon-Haynes ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bill Shore ... assistant director
Aida Young ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Arthur Banks ... master plasterer (uncredited)
Jim Day ... props buyer (uncredited)
Tom Money ... props (uncredited)
Fred Ricketts ... construction manager (uncredited)

Sound Department

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H.C. Pearson ... recordist
Don Alton ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Percy Britten ... boom operator (uncredited)
Ken Cameron ... dubbing sound (uncredited)
J. Woodiwiss ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Les Bowie ... special effects
Ray Caple ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Roy Field ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Vic Margutti ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Roy Field ... visual effects assistant camera (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Len Harris ... camera operator
Steve Birtles ... electrician (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Friswell ... clapper boy (uncredited)
John Jay ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Oakes ... focus puller (uncredited)
George Robinson ... electrician (uncredited)
Charles Stanbridge ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Molly Arbuthnot ... wardrobe

Music Department

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John Hollingsworth ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Len Ingram ... unit driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Renée Glynne ... continuity (as Renee Glynne)
Larry Edmonds ... accountant (uncredited)
Ken Gordon ... cashier (uncredited)
Pauline Harlow ... receptionist (uncredited)
Dora Thomas ... production secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In the countryside of London, a rocket crashes on a farm and Professor Bernard Quatermass and Scotland Yard Inspector Lomax arrive in the spot. The rocket was launched by Prof. Quatermass with the astronauts Victor Carroon, Greene and Reichebheim; however only Carroon is found very sick in the cabin. He is transported to a private clinic to stay under observation despite the protests of his wife Mrs. Judith Carroon. She bribes a nurse to bring Carroon to her and she finds that he is transforming into a monster. Carroon escapes, killing people and animals during his metamorphosis while the Scotland Yard is hunting him down and Dr. Quatermass discovers that his process is an alien invasion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines Beware of "THE CREEPING UNKNOWN!" See more »
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Also Known As
  • X the Experiment (United Kingdom)
  • The Quatermass Experiment (United States)
  • The Creeping Unknown (United States)
  • Le monstre (France)
  • El experimento del Dr. Quatermass (Spain)
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  • 82 min
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Budget GBP45,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film achieved a degree of notoriety Stateside when in 1956 the parents of Stewart Cohen attempted to sue the Lake Theater and distributors United Artists for negligence after their nine-year-old son died of a ruptured artery in the cinema lobby at a double-bill of this and The Black Sleep (1956). Cohen entered the Guinness Book of Records as the only known case of someone literally dying of fright at a horror film. See more »
Goofs After verifying that the temperature on the crashed spaceship's hull was 300 degrees, there was no steam generated when the fireman sprayed the hull with water. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sci-Fi (1994). See more »
Quotes Prof. Bernard Quatermass: There's no room for personal feelings in science, Judith!
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