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It Conquered the World (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 15 July 1956 (USA)
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Lou Rusoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Dr. Paul Nelson
Beverly Garland ... Claire Anderson
Lee Van Cleef ... Dr. Tom Anderson
Sally Fraser ... Joan Nelson
Russ Bender ... Brig. Gen. James Pattick
Jonathan Haze ... Pvt. Manuel Ortiz
Dick Miller ... Sgt. Neil
Taggart Casey Taggart Casey ... Sheriff N.J. Shallert
Paul Harbor Paul Harbor ... Floyd Mason
Karen Kadler Karen Kadler ... Ellen Peters (as Karyne Kadler)
Charles B. Griffith ... Dr. Pete Shelton (as Charles Griffith)
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... U.S. Secretary Platt (as Marshal Bradford)
Thomas E. Jackson ... George Haskell (as Tom Jackson)
David McMahon ... Gen. Carpenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Knight Jim Knight ... Bazooka Soldier
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Storyline

One of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Blaisdell, who designed, built and portrayed the alien in the movie, affectionately dubbed his creation "Beluah". It is easily the most popular monster of Blaisdell's oeuvre among his fans as well. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when Dr.Nelson shoots the General and the two scientists, he completely misses the first scientist who dies nonetheless. See more »

Quotes

Claire Anderson: He speaks! The zombie speaks!
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Alternate Versions

Australian DVD released by Siren (which features "Creature From The Haunted Sea" on the same disc) is taken from an old print which for some reason omits nearly every shot of the monster, leaving many scenes near the end totally incomprehensible. See more »

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No It Didn't
5 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

"IT conquered the world," said Beverly Garland when she first time saw the prop of the monster on the set and then kicked it over. Yep, that's how ridiculous the monster looked, and the mysterious "It" doesn't look any good on screen either.

'It Conquered the World' is typical Corman's cheese fest at its finest, and great example how great of an actors Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef and Peter Graves actually were - they had to be in the top of their game to play through that pile of cheese with such a serious faces without looking ridiculous. The film has nice interesting premise - a disillusioned and naive scientist Tom Anderson (Van Cleef) helps an alien from Venus arrive to Earth and gain control. Chaos brakes loose when brains of some authoritative figures are taken over by hostile alien and rest of the people are taken 'under protective custody'. Scientist's wife (Beverly Garland) and his best friend (Peter Graves) are trying to talk sense into the mad scientist, while 'It' slowly gains more control over humans, until the fiend (who looks more like ice cream cone) is taken out heroic actions in real Corman's style. The film nicely plays with some interesting ideas, but never getting them properly developed or getting any full use out of them. Well - it is a Roger Corman movie, what else one can expect from his style of rushed production. The film is still highly entertaining, and Beverly Garland's powerful performance (did I really just said something like that about Corman's movie) has a lot to do with that. Peter Graves' Dr. Nelson's final overblown monologue about human nature over the montage of dead bodies dramatically over serious but somewhat eerie ending to this campy monster film.

Another fun exploitation flick, but with little bit substance (not well developed script, but rather on idea bases) under the covers of (extremely) cheap special effects and cheesy dialogues. In that department, 'It Conquered the World' surpasses most of modern big budgeted, glossy science-fiction extravaganzas with polished special effects.


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