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.
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,