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The Thing From Another World

The Thing From Another World

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RKO Pictures 1951 b/w sci-fi movie.
RKO Pictures 1951 b/w sci-fi movie.

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The Thing from Another Worl
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The Thing from Another World
1951 theatrical poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Charles Lederer  Howard Hawks
Based on
Music by
Editing by
Roland Gross
Winchester Pictures Corporation
Distributed by
Release dates
April 29, 1951
Running time
87 minutes
United States
Box office
(US rentals)
The Thing from Another Worl
 (often referred to as
The Thin
 before its 1982 remake), is a 1951 RKO Pictures  black-and-white science fiction film  based on the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell (writing under the pseudonym of  Don A. Stuart). The story concerns an Air Force crew and scientists at a remote Arctic research outpost forced to defend themselves against a malevolent, plant-based humanoid alien.
The film stars Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, and Douglas Spencer . James Arness  played The Thing, but he is difficult to recognize in costume and makeup, due to both low lighting and other effects used to obscure his features.  No actors are named during the film's dramatic "slow burning letters through  background" opening title sequence; the cast credits appear at the end of the film. The film was partly shot in Glacier National Park  and interior sets built at a Los Angeles ice storage plant.
The Thing from Another World 
 is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s.
 In 2001 the film was deemed to be a "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion picture by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for  preservation in the  National Film Registry. 
A United States Air Force crew is dispatched by General Fogerty from Anchorage, Alaska at the request of Dr. Carrington, the chief scientist of a  North Pole scientific outpost. They have evidence that an unknown flying craft crashed nearby, so Reporter  Ned Scott tags along for the story. Dr. Carrington later briefs Captain Hendry and his airmen, and Dr. Redding shows  photos of a heavy flying object moving erratically before crashing; not the movements of a meteorite. Following erratic magnetic pole anomalies, the crew and scientists fly to the crash site aboard the team's C-47. The mysterious craft lies buried beneath refrozen ice, with just the tip of a rounded airfoil  protruding from the surface. As they later outline the craft's general shape, they quickly realize they are standing in a circle: they have discovered a crashed flying saucer . They try deicing the buried craft with thermite  heat bombs, but only ignite its metal alloy, causing an explosion that destroys the saucer. Their  Geiger counter  then points to a slightly radioactive frozen shape buried nearby in the refrozen ice. They excavate a large block of ice around what appears to be a tall body and then fly it to the research outpost, just as a major storm moves in, cutting off their communications with Anchorage. Some of the scientists want to thaw out the body, but Captain Hendry issues orders for everyone to wait until he receives further instructions from the Air

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