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When Worlds Collide (Aug-1951)

Director: Rudolph Maté

Writer: Sydney Boehm

From novel by: Edwin Balmer; Philip Wylie

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Disaster

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Frank Cady
8-Sep-1915 8-Jun-2012 Sam Drucker on Green Acres
Richard Derr
15-Jun-1918 8-May-1992 When Worlds Collide
Peter Hansen
5-Dec-1921 9-Apr-2017 Lee Baldwin on General Hospital
John Hoyt
5-Oct-1905 15-Sep-1991 Attack of the Puppet People
Larry Keating
13-Jun-1896 26-Aug-1963 Roger Addison on Mister Ed
Hayden Rorke
23-Oct-1910 19-Aug-1987 Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie
Barbara Rush
4-Jan-1927   The Young Philadelphians


Richard Derr   ...   David Randall
Barbara Rush   ...   Joyce Hendron
Peter Hansen   ...   Dr. Tony Drake
John Hoyt   ...   Sydney Stanton (millionaire)
Larry Keating   ...   Dr. Cole Hendron (Cosmos Observatory)
Judith Ames   ...   Julie Cummings
Alden 'Stephen' Chase   ...   Dr. George Frye (Eastern School of Technology)
Frank Cady   ...   Harold Ferris (Stanton's assistant)
Hayden Rorke   ...   Dr. Emery Bronson
Sandro Giglio   ...   Dr. Ottinger (astronomer)


Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Apr-2006)

From the backdrop of old late night movies I remembered this story from years ago. What I remembered most about it was the adventure and that wonderful spaceship. I recently re-discovered this movie on DVD and watched it with my 13 year old son who is not easily impressed having grown up with the deluxe computer generated special effects of his day. Oddly enough he loved it. You might say it's a bit cheezy with the dated dialogue and overall cornyness of the plots and subplots, but the story is wonderfully acted and considering it was made in 1951, the special effects are great. One thing you will notice is how innovative the science ideas were. The viewer will see things on this movie that have been copied by more modern versions...things like the front viewer screen in stead of window...in color mind you, and the ramp assisted take off for the spaceship. The idea of our planet being hit by a foreign rogue planet is something we hear a lot about now days. The crewmembers all wore what appear to be a loose fitting hooded uniforms which gives them a kind of unity and purposeful look. All the disaster movies ever made copied many ideas from this movie...tidal waves, earthquakes, storms, survival, the world turning from their unsual lustful and destructive ways to try and save a part of mankind. The only thing I noticed that seemed out of kelter was the reaction of the characters when they discovered the world was coming to an end...they just didn't seem too upset about it...except on one moving scene when two of the sub characters who were in love discovered one of them drew for a place on the ship while the other one did not. You really felt there was a sense of anguish and pain at that moment... It's a great movie and lot of fun to watch...just remember that it was made in 1951...and you'll discover a great story.

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