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The Thing From Another World (6-Apr-1951)

Director: Christian Nyby

Writer: Charles Lederer

From short story: Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion

Scientists and soldiers at an Arctic research station uncover a flying saucer stranded in the ice; the vessel explodes during an attempt at recovery, but its ice-encased humanoid passenger is successfully retrieved. Disastrously, it thaws accidentally and begins feeding on local fauna, which in this case are human. Entered 2001 into the National Film Registry. Remade by John Carpenter as The Thing (1982).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Arness
26-May-1923 3-Jun-2011 Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke
Eduard Franz
31-Oct-1902 10-Feb-1983 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Dewey Martin
8-Dec-1923   The Big Sky
Kenneth Tobey
23-Mar-1917 22-Dec-2002 Chuck Martin on Whirlybirds


Margaret Sheridan   ...   Nikki
Kenneth Tobey   ...   Capt. Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite   ...   Dr. Carrington
Douglas Spencer   ...   Scotty
James R. Young   ...   Lt. Eddie Dykes
Dewey Martin   ...   Crew Chief
Robert Nichols   ...   Lt. Ken Erickson
William Self   ...   Cpl. Barnes
Eduard Franz   ...   Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton   ...   Mrs. Chapman
James Arness   ...   The Thing


Review by Eddee (posted on 2-Aug-2007)

Scared the hell out of me. Saw it in '51. Can still see that hand caught in the door shooting crap from the fingers. The THING walking toward the humans and a track in the middle of the building. Geez still scares me to think about it and I'm 71 years old now.

Review by anonymous (posted on 23-Jun-2005)

When this movie came out, it was the scariest movie around. James Arness played the part of " The Thing ", his first role in the movies. Kenneth Tobey starred in the film. It concerns a spacecraft which crashed in the Artic and sank in the ice..when the attempt to uncover the flying saucer, it burned and exploded. The occupant was found buried in the ice and taken back to the Army Base.. Of course the ice melts, and mayhem ensues, and The Thing kills a few of the men, until they figure out a way to kill it. As I was 12 when this movie came out, there were scenes which scared the bejesus out of me. The movie is quite dated against the high tech scary stuff today, but it is one of the biggest classics of Science Fiction in the last 55 years or so.. See it if you can find it...

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