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Encyclopedia > It Came from Outer Space
It Came from Outer Space

Film Poster
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by William Alland
Written by Harry Essex (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury (story)
Starring Richard Carlson
Barbara Rush
Charles Drake
Joe Sawyer
Russell Johnson
Music by Herman Stein
Cinematography Clifford Stine
Editing by Paul Weatherwax
Distributed by Universal International Pictures
Release date(s) May 25, 1953 (U.S. release)
Running time 81 min.
Language English
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It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 Science Fiction 3-D film directed by Jack Arnold, and starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, and Charles Drake. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 374 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (458 × 733 pixel, file size: 206 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) It Came From Outer Space movie poster This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... William Alland (March 4, 1916 - November 11, 1997) was an actor, producer, writer and director of science fiction and western films. ... Harry Essex was an American scriptwriter. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... American movie actor Richard Carlson (April 29, 1912- November 21, 1977) was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. ... Barbara Rush publicity photo for It Came from Outer Space Barbara Rush (born January 4, 1927 in Denver, Colorado) is an American stage, film, and television actress. ... Charles Drake (born Charles Ruppert, October 2, 1917 - September 10, American actor. ... Joe Sawyer (29 August 1906 – 21 April 1982), was an Canadian film actor. ... Russell Johnson as The Professor on Gilligans Island Russell David Johnson (born November 10, 1924, in Ashley, Pennsylvania), is an American television and film actor best known as The Professor on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island. ... Herman Stein (born August 9, 1915, in Philadelphia, PA - died March 15, 2007, in Los Angeles, CA) was an American composer who wrote music for many of Universal Studios 1950s science-fiction and horror films,. Herman Stein at the Internet Movie Database Categories: | | ... Clifford Stine was a once well-known cinematographer. ... Universal Studios logo Universal Studios is an informal designation for NBC Universal Inc. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This US Postage Stamp celebrates the 3-D movie craze of the 1950s. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... American movie actor Richard Carlson (April 29, 1912- November 21, 1977) was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. ... Barbara Rush publicity photo for It Came from Outer Space Barbara Rush (born January 4, 1927 in Denver, Colorado) is an American stage, film, and television actress. ... Charles Drake (born Charles Ruppert, October 2, 1917 - September 10, American actor. ...

Contents

Plot

Charles Drake, Barbara Rush, and Richard Carlson in It Came from Outer Space

Author and amateur astronomer John Putnam (Carlson) and schoolteacher Ellen Fields (Rush) watch a great meteor crash to earth near the small town of Sand Rock, Arizona. After visiting the crash site, John Putnam notices a strange object at the impact site, and comes to believe the meteor is not a meteor at all, but an alien spaceship. After a landslide covers the mysterious craft, John Putnam's story is ridiculed by the townspeople, the sheriff (Drake), and the local media. Even Ellen is unsure of what to believe at first, but soon agrees to assist John in further investigation. In the following days, several local people disappear. A few return, only to display odd robot-like behavior, and seem distant and removed from their normal selves. Eventually Sheriff Drake also becomes convinced that something more than a meteor is involved, and organizes a posse to root out and destroy the invaders. All alone, John hopes to reach a peaceful solution, entering a mine which he hopes will lead him to the buried spacecraft and its mysterious occupants. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


It develops that the aliens are benign beings whose spacecraft has crashed due to malfunctioning components. Their plan is to stay on Earth long enough to replace them, then continue on their voyage. They temporarily control a few humans since they would not be able to mingle inconspicuously with people, and they realize that humans would panic on seeing them. Upon their departure, all returns to normal on Earth.


Production

The screenplay was by Harry Essex, with input by Jack Arnold, and was derived from an original screen treatment by Ray Bradbury. Unusual among sci-fi films of the day, the alien "invaders" were portrayed as creatures without malicious intent. The film has been interpreted as a metaphorical refutation of xenophobic attitudes and ideology of the Cold War. Harry Essex was an American scriptwriter. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ...


"I wanted to treat the invaders as beings who were not dangerous, and that was very unusual," Bradbury said. He offered two outlines to the studio, one with malicious aliens, the other with benign aliens. "The only other film like it was The Day the Earth Stood Still, two years before. These two films stand out as treating creatures who understand humanity. The studio picked the right concept, and I stayed on."[1] He has called the movie "a good film. Some parts of it are quite nice."[2] The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 black-and-white science fiction film that tells the story of a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to warn its leaders not to take their conflicts into space, or they will face devastating consequences. ...


In 2004, Bradbury published four versions of his screen treatment for the movie as a single volume, It Came From Outer Space. It Came From Outer Space was a 2003 publication of four versions of Ray Bradburys screen treatments written in 1952 for the movie of the same name that was released in 1953. ...


Cast

Actor Role
Richard Carlson John Putnam
Barbara Rush Ellen Fields
Charles Drake Sheriff Matt Warren
Joe Sawyer Frank Daylon
Russell Johnson George
Kathleen Hughes Jane
Morey Amsterdam Military Assistant (uncredited)
Robert Carson Dugan (uncredited)
Paul Fix Councilman (uncredited)
Robert "Buzz" Henry Posseman (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen Mrs. Daylon (uncredited)
Dave Willock Pete Davis (uncredited}

American movie actor Richard Carlson (April 29, 1912- November 21, 1977) was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota. ... Barbara Rush publicity photo for It Came from Outer Space Barbara Rush (born January 4, 1927 in Denver, Colorado) is an American stage, film, and television actress. ... Charles Drake (born Charles Ruppert, October 2, 1917 - September 10, American actor. ... Joe Sawyer (29 August 1906 – 21 April 1982), was an Canadian film actor. ... Russell Johnson as The Professor on Gilligans Island Russell David Johnson (born November 10, 1924, in Ashley, Pennsylvania), is an American television and film actor best known as The Professor on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island. ... For the writer, see Kathleen Hughes (author). ... Morey Amsterdam on Match Game 73. ... Robert Carson (April 7, 1918 - March 24, 2006) was a British numismatist. ... Paul Fix (b. ... Dave Willock (August 13, 1909 - November 12, 1990) was an American character actor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...

Reviews

  • The New York Times said: ""It Came From Outer Space" burst into Loew's State yesterday with a bang and went out with a whimper".
  • Time Out London said: "The script (nominally from Ray Bradbury's story The Meteor) rattles through all the formulary cliché".
  • QNetwork Film Desk said: "Like many sci-fi films of the 1950s, It Came From Outer Space has a clear metaphorical imperative, turning the popular and comforting "us vs. them" dichotomy on its head by questioning the us"..
  • About Entertainment said: "Depending on who you talk to, "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) is either a science fiction classic or a campy B-movie".
  • Digitally Obsessed said: "It isn't perfect, but it captures the mood and atmosphere of 1950s fantasy quite well; you can practically feel the yellowed pages of a pulp novel being turned as the scenes roll by".
  • Film Critic said: "It moves terribly slowly (despite an 80 minute running time) because the plot is overly simplistic with absolutely no surprises".

Trivia

  • The uncredited music in the film was by Irving Gertz, Henry Mancini, and Herman Stein.
  • The Arizona setting and the telephone lineman occupation of two of the characters are elements from Bradbury's younger life, when his father moved the family to Tucson.
  • Barbara Rush won the Golden Globe award in 1954 as most promising female newcomer in the 3-D hit It Came from Outer Space.
  • The Universal make-up department submitted two alien designs for consideration by the studio executives. The design that was rejected was saved and then later used as the Mutant in Universal's This Island Earth (1955).
  • The special effects created for the spacecraft in flight consisted of a wire-mounted tennis ball, coated with incendiary chemicals.
  • It Came from Outer Space is one of the many classic movies mentioned in the opening theme ("Science Fiction/Double Feature") of both the stage musical The Rocky Horror Show and its motion-picture counterpart, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • The narration in the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "92 Degrees" from the 1986 album "Tinderbox" contains dialog from this movie. [1]
  • Ranked #92 on Rotten Tomatoe's Journey Through Sci-Fi (100 Best-Reveiwed Sci-Fi Movies)
  • This film is mentioned by Para-Medic in the video game Metal Gear Solid 3 after Naked Snake decides to save the game.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Irving Gertz (born 19th May 1915) is an American composer recognised for his compositions for many fantasy and horror B-movies and TV series of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... Herman Stein (born August 9, 1915, in Philadelphia, PA - died March 15, 2007, in Los Angeles, CA) was an American composer who wrote music for many of Universal Studios 1950s science-fiction and horror films,. Herman Stein at the Internet Movie Database Categories: | | ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Linemen repairing overhead lines (that supply power to trains) Linemen repairing electricity distribution lines (that supply power to homes) A lineman or linesman is a tradesman who constructs and maintains electric power transmission and distribution facilities. ... Nickname: Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Pima Government  - Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area  - City  195. ... This Island Earth is a 1955 science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. ... Science Fiction/Double Feature is the opening song to the 1973 B-movie stage play The Rocky Horror Show, and its 1975 film counterpart The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ... The Rocky Horror Show is a long running stage musical (opening in London initially, on June 19, 1973) that inspired the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ... The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy film that parodies horror films, based on the British musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, with the screenplay written by Richard OBrien and Jim Sharman. ... Siouxsie and the Banshees are a British gothic rock band. ... Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (commonly abbreviated MGS3) is a stealth-based game directed by Hideo Kojima, developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2. ...

References

  1. ^ Weller, Sam (2005). The Bradbury Chronicles. HarperCollins, 191. ISBN 0-06-054581-X. 
  2. ^ Bradbury, Ray (2004). Conversations With Ray Bradbury. University Press of Mississippi, 60. ISBN 1-57806-641-7. 

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