Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1953. Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Harry Essex, based on the story by Ray Bradbury. Cinematography by Clifford Stine. roduced by William Alland. Music by Irving Gertz, Henry Mancini, Herman Stein. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Bernard Herzbrun. Costume Design by Rosemary Odell. Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax.
There’s nothing better than movies where aliens take over a woman’s body and she suddenly starts wearing sexy cocktail dresses. This terrific science-fiction film, which bears the distinction of having been written by Ray Bradbury, takes place in a tiny American town that is completely unaware that aliens have crash-landed in the desert nearby and are walking among them disguised as human beings. The only people to suspect anything are a scientist (Richard Carlson) and his schoolteacher girlfriend (Barbara Rush) who see a fireball land and learn upon closer examination that it is actually a spacecraft. The people of the town decide that Carlson is a crazy malcontent and ignore him until they realize that he is actually speaking the truth. When Carlson meets the aliens and discovers that they are peaceful and just need time to repair their ship in order to go home, he has to fight a wave of xenophobic frenzy in the townspeople who just want to kill them. If you’re lucky and get to see this movie in 3-D you’ll enjoy it even more, but a flatscreen viewing isn’t that far off the mark. The acting is B-movie heaven, and the photography and visual effects are quite impressive. Oh, and yes, that is the professor from Gilligan’s Island playing the telephone repairman.