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The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 September 1958 (USA)
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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Theodore Simonson (screenplay), Kay Linaker (screenplay) (as Kate Phillips) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Steve Andrews (as Steven McQueen)
Aneta Corsaut ... Jane Martin (as Aneta Corseaut)
Earl Rowe ... Lt. Dave
Olin Howland ... Old Man (as Olin Howlin)
Stephen Chase ... Dr. T. Hallen (as Steven Chase)
John Benson ... Sgt. Jim Bert
George Karas George Karas ... Officer Ritchie
Lee Payton ... Kate the Nurse
Elbert Smith Elbert Smith ... Henry Martin
Hugh Graham Hugh Graham ... Mr. Andrews
Vincent Barbi Vincent Barbi ... George - Cafe Owner (as Vince Barbi)
Audrey Metcalf Audrey Metcalf ... Elizabeth Martin
Jasper Deeter Jasper Deeter ... Civil Defense Volunteer
Tom Ogden Tom Ogden ... Fire Chief
Elinor Hammer Elinor Hammer ... Mrs. Porter
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Storyline

A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger. Written by Rob Hartill

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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Molten Meteor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1958
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray Unrated Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Powell, who was the head of Four Star Productions, asked to see a rough cut of this film. This led to the casting of Steve McQueen in the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958). See more »

Goofs

In the film's third act, Lt Dave's shirt alternates between having one or two buttons undone in various shots. See more »

Quotes

Henry Martin: Well then, young lady, do you mind telling me where you've been spending the evening?
Jane Martin: Daddy, it's all right.
Henry Martin: [sarcastically] Oh, yes, everything's fine, I always stop by the police station in the middle of the night to pick up my daughter. Don't you realize that by morning this will be all over town?
Jane Martin: Well we were just trying to warn people.
Henry Martin: After all, I am the principal at the high school.
[to Steve]
Henry Martin: Young man, this is the last time you're going to take my daughter out!
Jane Martin: Steve didn't do anything ...
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Crazy Credits

Stephen Chase is listed in the credits as "Steven Chase." See more »

Alternate Versions

Spanish dubbed version substitutes the opening credits theme song for a more conventional, in-tone with the movie, instrumental tune. See more »


Soundtracks

THE BLOB
Written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David
Performed by The Five Blobs, arranged by and all vocals by Bernie Knee
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King of Kool's first
19 December 2004 | by skarbear6404See all my reviews

The only notable thing about this film is that it was Steve McQueen's first big starring role.

McQueen's talent is undeveloped and raw but refreshingly honest in this campy little sci-fi horror piece. Steve shows himself as the anti-establishment, hot rod car loving actor who would become a polished icon of the film industry just five years hence.

Later on, McQueen would say he hated this film and that "he was the blob". But everyone has to start somewhere and The Blob is cute, fresh and innocent. Would that we all had stayed that way.

The plot is fast paced and although predictable, still an entertaining hour or so. And it's really fun to see Steve McQueen before he became The King of Kool (and Anita Corsaut before she became Andy Taylor's girlfriend). A close friend sent me the DVD a while back and it's a treasured addition to my Steve McQueen film collection.


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