Invaders From Mars (1953)
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In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, begin to act strangely. All have a telltale injection mark on their neck. Not surprisingly, no one believes him until he manages to convince Dr. Pat Blake of the city health department and Dr. Stuart Kelston from the local observatory, that something is amiss. They manage to mobilize the army for a confrontation with the invaders.
NATURAL or SUPERNATURAL?
Title: Invaders From Mars
Release Date: April 09, 1953
Runtime: 78 mins
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I
MPAA Rating: Approved
William Cameron Menzies
Helena Carter ...Dr. Pat Blake, MD
Arthur Franz ...Dr. Kelston - astronomer / Narrator
Jimmy Hunt ...David Maclean - boy astronomer
Leif Erickson ...Mr. George MacLean
Hillary Brooke ...Mrs. Mary MacLean
Morris Ankrum ...Col. Fielding
Max Wagner ...Sgt. Rinaldi
Milburn Stone ...Capt. Roth - army technician
Janine Perreau ...Kathy Wilson
William Phipps ...Sgt. Baker (as Bill Phipps)
Fay Baker ...Mrs. Wilson
Barbara Billingsley ...Kelston's secretary
Peter Brocco ...Brainard, Wilson's aide
Charles Cane ...Old cop Blaine who vanishes
Tommy Cottonaro ...Mutant
Richard Deacon ...MP
Pete Dunn ...Mutant
John Eldredge ...Mr. Turner
William Forrest ...Gen. Mayberry
Bert Freed ...Police Chief A.C.Barrows
Charles Gibb ...Lt. Blair
Gil Herman ...Maj. Clary
Bob Herron ...Martian
Todd Karns ...Jim, gas station attendant
Douglas Kennedy ...Tall cop Jackson who vanishes
Paul Klott ...Mutant
Lock Martin ...Mutant carrying David to 'Intelligence'
Harry Monty ...Mutant
Max Palmer ...Mutant carrying Dr Blake to 'Intelligence'
Luce Potter ...Martian head ('Intelligence)
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Edward L. Alperson
John Tucker Battle
More Movie Taglines:
- NATURAL or SUPERNATURAL?
- Mankind's oldest fear comes to life!
- Murderous Martian creatures from out of space!
- From out of space... came hordes of green monsters!
- Mankind's oldest fear...The Alien's last conquest
- Mary MacLean: [waking up] What is it? George MacLean: Well, ah, David says something landed in the field out back. It doesn't make sense, but he seems so convinced. Mary MacLean: What do you mean "land"? George MacLean: Well, he says he saw a bright light or something. He's not the type of boy that given to imagining things. After all the work at the plant is secret. And we have orders to report anything unusual. And there have been rumors. Mary MacLean: Rumors? George MacLean: Oh, Dear, you know I can't talk about it.
Lt. Blair: [about David's parents] That's the coldest couple I ever saw. David Maclean: They're not! They're wonderful, *they've* done something to them, something awful!
David Maclean: Please God, let them find Mom and Dad before something bad happens. I don't want them to die too.
Mary MacLean: It's not enough I'm married to a scientist but my son's becoming one too.
[first lines] Narrator: The heavens. Once an object of superstition, awe, and fear. Now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery the heavens have kept a secret. What sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life, like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale? Or dangerously higher? Seeking the answer to this timeless question, forever seeking, is the constant preoccupation of scientists everywhere. Scientists famous and unknown. Scientists in great universities and in modest homes. Scientists of all ages.
- Controversy and dispute surrounds the history of the movie. According to recent interviews, John Seitz, the cinematographer, confirmed that the film was planned in great detail to be filmed in 3D but that the last minute it was discovered that no camera was available. Nonetheless, it is claimed that all of the sets were constructed at Republic Studios to be shot in 3D and that the artificial separation of set elements is confirmation of this design intention. Meanwhile, the only documentary evidence for a 3D production is a claimed newspaper advertisement placed by the producers (not the studio) while the film was in pre-production, and no official records are known to exist to throw further light onto the matter.
The special effects department used condoms to create the "bubbles" on the walls of the underground tunnels.
This was actually one of the first science fiction scripts written in the 1950s. The revised version of the script was completed in September 1950. The film wasn't produced until 1952 and released in early 1953.
Among the cost-cutting measures made during filming was the elimination of Cricket, David's dog. The use of animals during filming almost always takes more time, and therefore more money, a luxury that director William Cameron Menzies didn't have.
Richard Deacon's film debut.
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