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With: Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, Douglas Spencer, James R. Young, Dewey Martin, Robert Nichols, William Self, Eduard Franz, Sally Creighton, James Arness
Written by: Charles Lederer (and, Howard Hawks, Ben Hecht, uncredited), based on a story by John W. Campbell Jr.
Directed by: Christian Nyby (with Howard Hawks, uncredited)
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87
Date: 04/05/1951

The Thing from Another World (1951)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Ice Guys Finish Last

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Howard Hawks only produced this classic scary sci-fi feature, but it has his signature touches all over it: overlapping dialogue, smooth storytelling, compressed time and space. A group of scientists and one newspaperman discover an ages-old flying saucer frozen in the ice at the North Pole. And something's inside. The Thing from Another World is arguably the best of all the 1950s sci-fi films, taking a matter-of-fact approach and laying off the heavy-handed cautionary tales and preaching prevalent at the time. Hawks' frequent editor Christian Nyby is the credited director. James Arness, who played the thing, is arguably the best known member of the cast, thanks to his starring role on TV's "Gunsmoke" years later.

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