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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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was based on The Egg, an unpublished story by Tom Filer involving a girl with polio that was significantly different than the film. See more »

Goofs

The nighttime scenes at the beach obviously were filmed in daylight with a filter. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Space Children (1998) See more »

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Different and exciting
8 September 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Leave it to the director of several excellent 1950s sci-fi flicks to take a no-budget plot and turn it into one of the best and most intelligent Cold War melodramas of the period. CHILDREN concerns a brain-like alien blob that teleports to Earth with the purpose of stopping the American military from launching a nuclear weapon into orbit. To do so, it enlists the aid of several children residing on base. For reasons best known to the script writers, the blob keeps growing in size, until it is the size of a tank. The acting is at least of TV quality, the production solid. No big names in the cast, but pay attention to the actress playing little Edie. This actress dropped out of Hollywood early on, which is a shame since one can see her potential here. For old-time TV buffs, watch for Uncle Fester, the Professor (minus Maryann) and the McCain kid.


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