19 March 2018

It Came from Outer Space

  • Director: Jack Arnold
  • Based on the story by Ray Bradbury
  • Cast: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson, Kathleen Hughes
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Richard Carlson – Rawhide, The Fugitive
    • Barbara Rush – Marcus Welby MD, The Mod Squad, Batman, The Fugitive, Dr Kildare, Ben Casey
    • Charles Drake – Valley of the Dolls, Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive
    • Russell Johnson – ALF, Rich Man Poor Man, Gilligan’s Island, That Girl
  • Why? How could we resist that title?
  • Seen: The Ides of March 2018. Beware      

       Amateur stargazers John and Ellen witness a spaceship crashing in the desert. Love that 50’s sci fi music!
       No one believes they saw a spaceship or an alien. Meanwhile, something watches them. The aliens take over the bodies of some of their friends and tell them not to be afraid. Still no one believes them.
       Aliens: We won’t hurt you, just leave us alone
       John: I just want to understand.
       A simple story to be sure but one of the first serious films to address the question of Earthlings meeting aliens. Very small scale, local.
       The beautiful Ellen, also taken over by the aliens, running through the desert in a strapless black evening gown, looking all vampy and enticing John, is hard to accept and the dialog is stiff and stilted but otherwise this film is surprisingly good. And quite exciting. Will the aliens get away before the vigilantes kill them?

3 * of 5   

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