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The Night the World Exploded (1957)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred F. Sears
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathryn Grant ... Laura Hutchinson
William Leslie ... Dr. David Conway
Tristram Coffin ... Dr. Ellis Morton (as Tris Coffin)
Raymond Greenleaf ... Gov. Chaney
Charles Evans ... Gen. Bortes
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Sheriff Quinn (as Frank Scannell)
Marshall Reed ... General's Aide
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Ranger Brown
Paul Savage Paul Savage ... Ranger Kirk
Terry Frost ... Chief Rescue Worker
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Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to convince the Governor but he cannot bring himself to declare an emergency when there is no proof the machine works - which, within 24 hours, it is proven to do. More significantly, Conway is getting readings which indicate a series of additional, pending quakes around the world, which also begin to occur; and more still seem to be on the way. With his assistant "Hutch", to whose love for him he seems oblivious, Conway takes his equipment to the deepest point of Carlsbad Caverns, in hopes that being closer to the center of the earth will help discern the cause of the earthquake epidemic. It does, when they inadvertently discover a new element which lies dormant in watery pools deep within the earth but, when in contact with air, becomes violently explosive. Forces unknown appear to be pushing this ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Super-quake tilts the earth!

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The Night the World Exploded went into production with shooting locations at the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico; the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California; and the Databton Corporation Building in Pasadena, California. Principal photography took place from November 8 - 12, 1956. See more »

Goofs

When the "element 112" sample exploded inside the small globe, it was immediately and obviously followed by a blast from explosives buried in the ground under the globe. See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Conway: [Laura has frozen with fear, descending the ladder into the cavern] I'm coming up to help you!
Laura 'Hutch' Hutchinson: No!
Dr. David Conway: Wouldn't you know a woman would pull a stunt like this? You're all scientists until there's the slightest bit of danger, then you fold up! Want your mommy and daddy?
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Edited from Born to Be Wild (1938) See more »

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Not (quite) half bad
18 January 2019 | by ebeckstr-1See all my reviews

Others have compared this movie loosely with The Monolith Monsters. The latter is far better, but The Night the World Exploded is still entertaining, and perhaps especially interesting for fans of eco horror or eco scifi: it's humanity's oil drilling, mining, and other such activities that have caused the catastrophe.

The science is more ludicrous than usual, and the sexism a little more underscored, but as a product of its time it's fun enough.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A noite em que o mundo explodiu See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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