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Not of This Earth (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 February 1957 (USA)
An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith), Mark Hanna (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Birch ... Paul Johnson
Beverly Garland ... Nadine Storey
Morgan Jones ... Harry Sherbourne
William Roerick William Roerick ... Dr. F.W. Rochelle
Jonathan Haze ... Jeremy Perrin
Dick Miller ... Joe Piper (as Richard Miller)
Anna Lee Carroll ... Davanna Woman (as Anne Carroll)
Pat Flynn Pat Flynn ... Simmons
Barbara Bohrer Barbara Bohrer ... Waitress
Roy Engel ... Sgt. Walton
Tamar Cooper Tamar Cooper ... Joanne
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... Speciman
Lyle Latell ... (scenes deleted)
Gail Ganley Gail Ganley ... Girl
Ralph Reed ... Boy
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

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Trivia

For the television release in 1963, to make the movie longer, a prologue was written by director Herbert L. Strock and this was added to the beginning right after the credits. The prologue read; "You are about to adventure into the dimension of The Impossible! To enter this realm you must set your mind free from earthly fetters that bind it! If the events you are about to witness are unbelievable, it is only because your imagination is chained! Sit back, relax and believe.. so that you may cross the brink of time and space.. into that land you sometimes visit in your dreams!" Besides the added prologue, some scenes from the movie were repeated throughout the film to make it appear longer. See more »

Goofs

During the murder of the first victim. Watch the right hand of the dead teenager twitch as a Fly lands and walks about her arm. If your watching what Paul Birch is doing you won't notice this. See more »

Quotes

Davanna Woman: If I do not receive blood within four chronoctons of time, I will have no need of emotion.
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Connections

Referenced in Explorers (1985) See more »

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Out of this World entertainment from R. Corman
28 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

One of Corman's most unusual and entertaining features from the 50s. Rubber monsters are totally extraneous to the menace of (the excellent) Paul Birch as the sunglass-wearing alien from Davana who puts a scare in sexy nurse Beverly Garland! Bev hams it up in a slick one-piece for John Haze's amusement and Dick Miller drops by in an excellent bit as a VERY annoying vacuum salesman. The audience mightn't have minded when he died, and here is one of the earliest examples of Corman's very influential use of comedy/horror. Very good script was adapted almost word for word in some scenes for the 80s version -- a tribute to Griffith's skill as a writer of such glib dialogue. A bit more effective production would have helped, but we all know how Corman likes to pinch a penny.

This is a truly great, almost unknown B-movie -- why doesn't someone get their hands on a print and put it out on DVD and video again? I had to go to the best video store in San Francisco to find it anywhere in the whole bay area. I don't think it's currently in circulation, and it's very hard to find a copy. Thus, not many people know about the original version of this great flick (which features vampire blood fetishism in the context of alien invaders! I mean, how could you go wrong?). The remake was good, but not as good as the original. I think Allied distributed this for Corman, so there should be prints floating around somewhere, so let's hope a nice one pops up on DVD soon.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emisario de otro mundo See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Los Altos Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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