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The Space Children (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | June 1958 (USA)
An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Tom Filer (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Ray ... Bud Brewster
Adam Williams ... Dave Brewster
Peggy Webber ... Anne Brewster
Johnny Washbrook Johnny Washbrook ... Tim Gamble
Jackie Coogan ... Hank Johnson
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
Raymond Bailey ... Dr. Wahrman
Sandy Descher ... Eadie Johnson
Larry Pennell ... Major Thomas
Peter Baldwin ... Security Officer James
Ty Hardin ... Sentry (as Ty Hungerford)
Russell Johnson ... Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
David Bair David Bair ... Saul Wahrman
Johnny Crawford ... Ken Brewster
Eilene Janssen ... Phyllis Manley
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Storyline

A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring. Written by Scott Blacksher

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE!

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avaruuden kosto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Peggy Webber is the founder and executive director/producer of the California Artists Radio Theatre, as well as a veteran actress of radio and television. See more »

Goofs

When the Brewster family is stopped at the car checkpoint at the start of the movie, the guard marking them off the check-list ticks over an existing tick, presumably from a previous take. See more »

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B science fiction with a message!
17 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The children of some US rocket scientists come under the spell of a strange alien being that seems to want them to sabotage the nations defense!

Another B thriller from director Jack Arnold (who directed the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954), this one is a bit more intelligent than the average drive-in sci-fi fodder. The Space Children is actually an anti-war film kind of in the tradition of The Twilight Zone, the story does indeed resemble a story that one would see on the classic TV series. Arnold lends some steady direction, creating an occasionally eerie atmosphere (who could ever forget that spooky final image of an ill-fated Russell Johnson?) and a decent alien creation. Kudos go to a chilling music score.

The cast isn't half bad, the youths of the film being especially good.

A worth-wild watch for those who like the films of this era.

** 1/2 out of ****


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