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The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi | December 1962 (USA)
Martians replace a scientist and his family to pave way for their invasion.


Maury Dexter


Harry Spalding


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Complete credited cast:
Kent Taylor ... Dr. David Fielding
Marie Windsor ... Claire Fielding
William Mims William Mims ... Dr. Web Spencer
Betty Beall Betty Beall ... Judi Fielding
Lowell Brown Lowell Brown ... Frank Hazard
Gregg Shank Gregg Shank ... Rocky Fielding
Henrietta Moore Henrietta Moore ... Miss Moore
Troy Melton ... Police Officer
George Riley George Riley ... Cab Driver


The Martians are actually protecting themselves from US!!. - since the Earth probe landed on their planet they are taking measures to ensure their security by replacing our scientists with doppelgangers who report nothing. A very insightful film that was under-rated and ahead of it's time, with a 1963 vision of a primitive mars rover. Written by fletch

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Strange Invisible Astro-Energy Unleashed Leaves Mankind A Human Shell As It Destroys His Body And Brain!




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Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Dia Em Que Marte Invadiu a Terra See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Two years after this film was made, The City of Beverly Hills purchased the mansion in 1965. It was made into a public park in 1971. Tours are available from 10am to 5pm. Look online for dates and times. See more »


372 yards traveled in 6 minutes is not "just under 29 mph". 372 yards in 6 minutes is 2.11 miles per hour; it is a slow walking speed which appears to be the speed that the Mars explorer was moving. (372 yards traveled in 6 minutes = 62 yards per minute = 186 feet per minute = 3.1 feet per second = 2.11 miles per hour) See more »


Dr. Web Spencer: It's not every day we make a successful landing on Mars.
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Referenced in Nightmare in Blood (1977) See more »

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Low budget suspense
31 December 2000 | by S GillSee all my reviews

This film was a pleasant surprise and reminded me of "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" and "The Shining" both in plot content and, more particularly, the methods used to build atmosphere and suspense.

The film struggles to overcome its budgetary constraints and suffers from some rather wooden performances from the limited cast. It is unfortunate that when dealing with such a small cast a below par performance is a great deal more obvious than it would be in most films. A case of not enough flowers to hide the weeds.

I was surprised to see comments from another viewer who attributed this film to the UK, as far as I can see there are no links to the UK. The writer was Canadian and the cast, director, studio and locations all American.

It's certainly worth 70 minutes of your time to give this production a chance, if nothing else it is a refreshing change from the hideously unconvincing "rubber monster" flicks that were so prevalent in this genre.

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