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The War Of The Worlds (1953)
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01.27.10

The War Of The Worlds (1953) It's the 20th Century and to the unsuspecting human population, Martians from another planet are appearing on Earth with destruction on their mind. Whilst everyone panics, Dr. Clayton Forrester and Sylvia Van Buren join together in hiding out away from all the mayhem.

Movie Tagline:
Amazing! terrifying! The most savage spectacle of all time!

Title: War Of The Worlds, The
Release Date: July 29, 1953
Runtime: 85 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Spanish
Country: USA
Colors: Color, Black and White
Sound: Mono, 3 Channel Stereo
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Buried.com Rating: 8.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With W

MPAA Rating: G

Director(s):
Byron Haskin

Cast:
Gene Barry ...Dr. Clayton Forrester
Ann Robinson ...Sylvia Van Buren
Les Tremayne ...Maj. Gen. Mann
Robert Cornthwaite ...Dr. Pryor (as Bob Cornthwaite)
Sandro Giglio ...Dr. Bilderbeck
Lewis Martin ...Pastor Dr. Matthew Collins
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...Gen. Mann's aide
Paul Frees ...Second Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer
William Phipps ...Wash Perry (as Bill Phipps)
Vernon Rich ...Col. Ralph Heffner
Henry Brandon ...Cop at Crash Site
Jack Kruschen ...Salvatore
Cedric Hardwicke ...Commentary (voice) (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Cliff Clark ...Australian Policeman (scenes deleted)
Rudy Lee ...Boy (scenes deleted)
Peter Adams ...Pine Summit Fire Watcher
Eric Alden ...Man
Hugh Allen ...Brigadier General
Ruth Barnell ...Mother
Edgar Barrier ...Prof. McPherson
Russ Bender ...Dr. Carmichael
Paul Birch ...Alonzo Hogue
Hazel Boyne ...Screaming Woman
Tony Butala ...One of 3 boys in final church scene
Mushy Callahan ...Burning Soldier at Pit
Ann Codee ...Dr. Duprey
Edward Colmans ...Spanish Priest
James Conaty ...Man at Pacific Institute of Science and Technology...
Russ Conway ...Rev. Bethany
Martin Coulter ...Marine Sergeant

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Frank Freeman Jr.
George Pal
Cecil B. DeMille

Writer(s):
H.G. Wells
Barre Lyndon

Composer(s):
Leith Stevens




Trailer(s):
The War Of The Worlds Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • Amazing! terrifying! The most savage spectacle of all time!
  • A mighty panorama of earth-shaking fury!
  • They came to CONQUER the EARTH!
  • Mighty panorama of Earth-shaking fury as an army from Mars invades!
  • The original invasion!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Sylvia: They seem to murder everything that moves.
  • Forrester: If they're mortal, they must have mortal weaknesses. They'll be stopped, somehow.
  • Radio Reporter: All radio is dead, which means that these tape recordings I'm making are for the sake of future history - If any.
  • Duprey: I have never seen blood crystals as anemic as these. They may be mental giants but, physically, by our standards, they must be very primitive.
  • Salvatore: What do we say to them? Wash Perry: "Welcome to California."
Movie Trivia:
  • Reportedly, George Pal wanted to do the final third of the movie in 3-D, starting with the sequence in which the atomic bomb is used unsuccessfully against the Martians.
  • The project was secured by Paramount in 1924.
  • Cecil B. DeMille was due to direct the film when the rights were originally purchased in 1925, and Alfred Hitchcock was to direct a proposed version in the 1930s.
  • Cecil B. DeMille's personal choice to produce the film after Alfred Hitchcock declined to direct the film was George Pal, who was renowned for his Puppetoon animation technique and two earlier live-action sci-fi films: Destination Moon (1950) and When Worlds Collide (1951). However, DeMille gave complete control to Pal over the production, and Byron Haskin was ultimately chosen to direct the film, a decision with which DeMille was pleased.
  • Orson Welles, who rose to prominence with his "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast of Halloween 1938, was pressured into making this his first feature film, but he wanted no part of it.
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Keywords:
Martian, Invasion, Alien Invasion, Cold War, Atomic Bomb  ...[more]


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