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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bloated with the blood of its victims! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

According to producer Jack H. Harris, director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. initially met Steve McQueen when the actor's wife Neile Adams was appearing in a short religious film Yeaworth was making. According to Harris, Yeaworth found McQueen to be "a dirty jerk, an opinionated pain in the ass," among other things, and reportedly kicked him off of the set after Adams' part was completed. Hopeful of signing 'Anthony Franciosa' for the lead in "The Blob," Harris attended a performance of "A Hatful of Rain" in which Franciosa was appearing, but when he saw understudy McQueen filling in for an ailing Ben Gazzara, the producer decided to sign McQueen to a three-picture deal. McQueen proved so difficult that rather than find an entirely new director and crew to work with him, Harris decided to shoot the two subsequent films, 4D Man (1959) and Dinosaurus! (1960), with other actors, a decision he ultimately regretted. See more »

Goofs

The shot of electrical wire that falls on the diner to try to stop the blob is clearly cel animation, not live-action. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Dave: [finds Doc Hallen's office in shambles, finds a shotgun] This has been fired, but I haven't seen any shot marks around anyplace.
Sgt. Jim Bert: [to Steve] Let me tell you what happened kid. You and whoever else you're in this with decided you'd pull one over on the police department. So you bust in here when the doc's not around, smash the place up...
Lieutenant Dave: Hold on, Jim, the kids couldn't have done this. You saw for yourself, the window was locked from the inside, and so was the door.
Sgt. Jim Bert: They rigged it with a piece of ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: When the movie ends it shows the blob being dropped into the Arctic."THE END "appears and changes into a question mark. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Beware! The Blob (1972) 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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User Reviews

 
Excellent B-grade entertainment!
11 May 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The Blob is a classic 1950s B-movie sci-fi flick. You probably know the story: two teens (Steve McQueen & Aneta Corsaut) see a meteorite hit the ground, and when they go to look for it, they run into an old man with some weird...blob attached to his arm. They take him to the doctor's office, and then go to find out what happened. From there, the blob spreads, eating everyone in its path. The special effects are cheesy fun, as is the story. There are a lot of great touches, like the cop who plays chess over the radio with a cop in another district. It's no masterpiece, but it has a special place in its genre. Steve McQueen is very good. 8/10.


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