An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Tom Filer (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Ray ... Bud Brewster
Adam Williams ... Dave Brewster
Peggy Webber ... Anne Brewster
Johnny Washbrook Johnny Washbrook ... Tim Gamble
Jackie Coogan ... Hank Johnson
Richard Shannon ... Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
Raymond Bailey ... Dr. Wahrman
Sandy Descher ... Eadie Johnson
Larry Pennell ... Major Thomas
Peter Baldwin ... Security Officer James
Ty Hardin ... Sentry (as Ty Hungerford)
Russell Johnson ... Joe Gamble (as Russell D. Johnson)
David Bair David Bair ... Saul Wahrman
Johnny Crawford ... Ken Brewster
Eilene Janssen ... Phyllis Manley
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Storyline

A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring. Written by Scott Blacksher

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Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE!

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Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film was based on The Egg, an unpublished story by Tom Filer involving a girl with polio that was significantly different than the film. See more »

Goofs

The nighttime scenes at the beach obviously were filmed in daylight with a filter. See more »

Quotes

Bud Brewster: We found something that fell out of the sky this afternoon. We know where it is.
Anne Brewster: The sky?
Ken Brewster: Bud's telling the truth. I saw it too. It fell out of the sky. Well, you've got to believe him!
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Connections

Referenced in Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005) See more »

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Proof that actors from "Dragnet" could get other roles at one time
24 October 2002 | by fivefidsSee all my reviews

What can you say about a film that features Uncle Fester, Mr. Drysdale, the Professor, Mark McCain and the re-occurring "ornery lady" (Peggy Webber) featured in so many episodes of Dragnet? Well... I really enjoyed it! Russell Johnson is great as a mean, drunken, stepfather and, in a departure from her many roles on Dragnet, Peggy Webber's character is very personable. I think the picture is a great commentary on the type of science fiction that was popular after Sputnik but before the US manned space missions. Is it a "good" movie? Probably not. Is it enjoyable? It was to me! Reminded me of the typical Saturday afternoon movies I enjoyed as a child on TV during the 60s. Had I seen none of those types of movies, my commentary would probably be less favorable. It's not the acting, directing, production quality or even the plot of this picture that I liked - it's merely the nostalgic effect it has. This means, it's not a picture for everyone. It's a short film, so there's little to lose in watching it, which I'll probably do again someday!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Space Children See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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