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A meteor crashes in the desert near a small Arizona town, and research scientist John Putnam (Richard Carlson) thinks it's a spaceship, but no one will believe him except his loyal girlfriend, Ellen (Barbara Rush). Weird evidence begins to back up his theory however, from the strange behavior of some of the locals, to the slime trails, the ghostly noises in the phone lines, and the apparitions of hideous alien eyes swooping down on passing cars. Director Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) lets the story unfold deliberately, and infuses the desert locale with all the unearthly mystery of an alien landscape, helping to make this one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s. Charles Drake is Matt, the sheriff who first thinks John is a fool with all this flying saucer talk, and who later tries to lead a posse against the aliens when the truth is too blatant to ignore. It's based on a story by Ray Bradbury, with an eerie, theremin score, on which Henry Mancini is an unbilled contributor.
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CastRussell Johnson
DirectorJack Arnold
Release Date:  1953
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
DVD Release Date:  Universal Studios Home Video (May 21, 2002)
Runtime:  1hr 21min
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review by . February 16, 2001
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Pros: Good for it's time     Cons: same bat time same bat channel     The Bottom Line: It fits in with all the other ones ever made. If you watch enough of them, you can write them yourself.     A better quality film centering on alien space ships landing on Earth and changing Earthlings into aliens. Yeah, I know, the story seldom changes but the characters, tho their composition remains the same their players change, so even with the age …
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