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The Thing from Another World (1951)

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Margaret Sheridan Margaret Sheridan
Nikki Nicholson
Kenneth Tobey Kenneth Tobey
Capt. Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite Robert Cornthwaite
Dr. Arthur Carrington
Douglas Spencer Douglas Spencer
Ned Scott
James Young James Young
Lt. Eddie Dykes
Dewey Martin Dewey Martin
Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols
Lt. Ken Erickson / Lt. Ken
Eduard Franz Eduard Franz
Dr. Stern

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Charles Lederer Charles Lederer


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11 years, 5 months ago at Jun 25 15:08
There's still debate about who directed The Thing From Another World, Christian Nyby (listed as the director) or Howard Hawks (listed as producer). I like to think that Nyby directed it, but he took his marching orders from the Shadow King (Hawks). As many have said and I'm repeating, Hawks' fingerprints (boy's club, overlapping dialogue, etc...) were all over the film. Regardless of who directed ... read more


9 years, 5 months ago at Jun 8 11:19
Wonderfully kitsch piece of Cold War paranoia in which a team of American scientists dig up an alien being from the North Pole only to be terrorised by it once it defrosts. Famously the inspiration for John Carpenter’s The Thing, there is little to compare between the two aside from the concept and setting.

In this film the alien is rather interestingly revealed to be plant-based,... read more

Monsters Mash #18 Alien Invaders The Thing (1951)

8 years, 1 month ago at Sep 30 22:52
The Thing from another world base on the book Who Goes there? by John Campbell in 1938 the book differs the movie differs a lot from only the first half follows the book and the book takes place in Antartica and the movie takes place in the Arctic neither a book and movie take place on two different sides of the world and still doesn't matter one bit a group of scientist finds something in the ice... read more
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Scientist at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out!
Release date: 7 April 1951
UPC: 053939668629
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"Legend has it that The Thing from Another World was helmed not by its credited director, Christian Nyby, but by producer Howard Hawks. The film certainly provides ample evidence to suggest that such a covert switch occurred, as the its controlled atmosphere of dread and abundant rapid-fire repartee between the primary players seem to have been molded according to Hawks’s trademark template. Regardless, what remains most remarkable about the film is its continued ability to function as both a t"

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"This was the first screen adaptation of the short story "Who Goes There?". John Carpenter would direct the most well known version, "The Thing" in 1982. But this film is still considered a classic in it's own right. And while some felt, upon Carpenter's film's original release, that his picture was too reliant on special effects and not enough on dialouge, this film has the opposite problem. So much time is spent standing around, discussing the events and describing happenings, that the film har"

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"Though Howard Hawks’s frequent editor Christian Nyby received the directing credit, some historians believe Hawks actually directed large portions of The Thing from Another World—but maybe Nyby simply learned everything he knew from the master. After all, the film is in the mold of Only Angels Have Wings: a tight ensemble of flyboys and others rapidly firing off overlapping dialogue, providing wit and romance in between the action—here, the fallout from the discovery beneath a sheet of arc"

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"The original, while great, was not able to live up to the story from which it was derived. the 1982 sequel "The Thing" made up for its shortcomings and then some."

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