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Edward Judd was not the first choice for the role of Peter Stenning. The character was originally written with Richard Burton in mind (hence the drinking, womanizing and snappy dialogue of the character) but the producers could not afford to hire him. Peter Finch was also contemplated but was unavailable. See more »
Miss Evans picks up the phone in Jefferson's office and tells Jefferson "Professor Chakovski (sp?) is on the phone." Then a slightly different-sounding dubbed-in woman's voice says "just a minute, please," but Evans' mouth doesn't move. (Approximately 42:30.) See more »
[Scientist Sir John Kelly speaks to quell public fears on TV, watched by journalists in a pub:]
Sir John Kelly:
When one considers the Moon is 240,000 miles away and the Sun ninety-three million, it is an extraordinary thing that astronomers can tell with such a degree of accuracy what their movements will be many years ahead.
Now, what does that mean?
It means he doesn't know what it's all about.
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The credits say introducing Edward Judd, but he has 39 listed credits before this movie. See more »
The original release prints had the beginning and ending footage color tinted. See more »
This 1961 classic is truly underrated. Performances by Janet Munro and the great Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) are quite good, and Edward Judd, whose career is introduced in this movie come together to create a create a sense of building tension as the audience finds out the reason for the strange changes in weather.
Judd plays his character a little roughly, but that is to be understood, given his problems with his divorce and visitation with his young son.
Leo McKern's dialogue and facial expressions are superb and create the perfect persona of the seasoned veteran science writer who interprets and unravels the mystery for us.
Janet Munro, who died prematurely in her thirties gave a very acceptable performance for a young starlet, who keeps reporter Pete Stenning (Judd) at bay, then feeds him the critical information that blows open the story. I have two copies - One I taped from TV in the 80's, and another that I bought new. My sci-fi collection wouldn't be complete without it.
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