A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

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The War of the Worlds (1953)

Rating: *** Threat: Alien Invasion

Paramount. Written by Barré Lyndon based on the novel by H.G. Wells; Photographed by George Barnes; Special effects by Gordon Jennings, Wallace Kelley, Chester Pate, Bob Springfield, Eddie Sutherland, Paul Lerpae, Aubrey Law & Jack Caldwell; Edited by Edward Douglas; Music by Leith Stevens; Produced by George Pal & Frank Freeman Jr.; Directed by Byron Haskin. 85 minutes.


ANNOTATED CAST LIST

Gene Barry (Dr. Clayton Forrester, astronuclear physicists); Lewis Martin (Matthew Collins, pastor of the Linda Rosa Community Church); Ann Robinson (Sylvia Van Buren, his niece, a library science teacher); Les Tremayne (Gen. Mann, Army Intelligence chief); Houseley Stevenson Jr. (his aide); Robert Cornthwaite (Dr. Pryor, Pacific Tech scientist); Sandro Giglio (Dr. Bilderbeck, Pacific Tech scientist); William Phipps (Perry, guard at landing site); Paul Birch (Alonzo Hogue, guard); Jack Krushchen (Salvatore, guard); Henry Brandon (cop at landing site); Carolyn Jones (giddy blonde radio listener); Pierre Cressoy (her companion); Walter Sande (Bognany, Linda Rosa sheriff); Alex Frazer (Dr. James Hettinger, Pacific Tech scientist); Ann Codee (Dr. DuPrey, blood specialist); Charles Gemora (Martian at farmhouse); Ivan Lebedeff (Dr. Gratzman, Pacific Tech scientist); Alvy Moore (Zippy); Frank Kreig (Fiddler Hawkins, square dance caller); David McMahon (minister of first church); Jameson Shade (deacon); Cliff Clark (Spanish priest hearing confessions in LA); Russell Conway (Rev. Bethany, minister of third church); Gertrude Hoffman (elderly news vendor); Freeman Lusk (secretary of defense); Herbert Lytton (chief of staff); Sydney Mason (Linda Rosa fire chief); Peter Adams (forest ranger station lookout); Robert Rockwell (companion forest ranger); Ted Hecht (radio reporter); Edgar Barrier (Prof. McPherson, Canadian scientist interviewed by reporter); Vernon Rich (Col. Ralph Heffner, officer in charge of troops surrounding the cylinder); Ralph Dumke (Buck Monahan, first man to approach the alien cylinder); Ralph Montgomery (Red Cross leader); Jimmie Dundee (Civil Defense official); Bob Morgan (injured Civil Defense worker); Hugh Alien (brigadier general); Don Kohler (colonel); Russ Bender (Dr. Carmichael); Al Fergusen (police chief); Edward Wahrman (cameraman); George Pal, Frank Freeman Jr. (bums listening to radio); Anthony Warde, Joel Marston (military police); Ned Glass, David Sharpe, Dale Van Sickel, Fred Graham (looters); Douglas Henderson, Stanley Orr, Charles J. Stewart, Fred Zender, Jim Davies, Dick Fortune, Martin Coulter (marines); Paul Frees (First narrator and announcer at bomb site); Cedric Hardwicke (second narrator); Eric Alden, Ruth Barnwell, Hazel Boyne, Nancy Hale, Patricia Iannone, Rudy Lee,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Overview: Cinematic Visions of the Apocalypse xi
  • A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema: Fifty Films in Depth 1
  • The 27th Day (1957) 3
  • Armageddon (1998) 10
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) 17
  • Crack in the World (1965) 22
  • The Dawn of the Dead (1978) 27
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) 33
  • The Day the Sky Exploded (1958/61) 40
  • Day the World Ended (1956) 44
  • Deep Impact (1998) 48
  • Deluge (1933) 54
  • Doomsday Machine (1967/72) 59
  • Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 63
  • The End of the World (1930/34) 70
  • Five (1951) 74
  • Holocaust 2000 (1978) 78
  • The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) 83
  • Kronos (1957) 88
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964) 93
  • The Last War (1961) 98
  • The Last Wave (1977) 103
  • The Last Woman on Earth (1960) 108
  • Lifeforce (1985) 112
  • The Lost Missile (1958) 117
  • The Magnetic Monster (1953) 122
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) 127
  • Mars Attacks! (1996) 133
  • Meteor (1979) 139
  • Moonraker (1979) 145
  • The Night the World Exploded (1957) 152
  • Noah's Ark (1929) 157
  • No Blade of Grass (1970) 162
  • No Survivors Please (1964) 168
  • One Night Stand (1984) 172
  • On the Beach (1959) 177
  • Quiet Earth (1985) 184
  • Robot Monster (1953) 189
  • Runestone (1991) 194
  • The Satan Bug (1965) 199
  • The Seventh Sign (1988) 205
  • Solar Crisis (1990) 210
  • Star Trek—the Motion Picture (1978) 214
  • Target Earth (1953) 221
  • Them! (1954) 226
  • Virus (1980) 231
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) 238
  • The War of the Worlds (1953) 243
  • When Worlds Collide (1951) 249
  • Where Have All the People Gone? (1974) 255
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) 259
  • Zarkorr the Invader (1996) 265
  • Appendices 269
  • Appendix A 271
  • Appendix B 279
  • Appendix C 283
  • Index 285
  • About the Author 311
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