Visitors: “It Came From Outer Space” (1953)

itcame2            “It Came From Outer Space”  (1953)

    A meteor that could easily be mistaken for a Christmas ornament crashes into the Arizona desert  and mysterious galactic visitors descend upon an altogether peaceful Southwestern hamlet to wreak havoc and spread paranoiac suspicion. (Is there, perhaps, a dangerous shortage of yucca plants in the faritcamefromouterspaceposter reaches that accounts for the attraction of this desolate area by the cinematic menaces of this film and countless others to follow?) Welcome to the continuing saga of attributing allegorical Cold War connections to almost half of the films of the decade, especially in science fiction,  in what is certainly the most pedestrian of what are generally considered Jack Arnold’s 1950’s B-movie SF classics, “It Came From Outer Space”.

    The sleepy town of  Sand Rock, Arizona is the site for a giant fiery meteor to come crashing to earth, completely unnoticed  by all (this is a sleepy town) except for casual astronomer  John Putnam (Richard Carlson), who just happens to be is gazing at the sky with his girl Ellen (Barbara Rush) when the giant object strikes terra firma. Putnam, being an alarmist, alerts the town, including the archetypal doubting sheriff Matt Warren (Charles Drake), reporting that the object is, in fact, a spaceship, but that it has been subsequently buried by a rockslide. Assuming the role of Chicken Little, Putnam is dismissed until certain members of the town disappear and then reappear acting strangely. (Though it’s fairly easy to spot the imposters ahead of time when the wailing theremin is cued.)


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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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2 Responses to Visitors: “It Came From Outer Space” (1953)

  1. vintage45 says:

    I still occasionally watch this one.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Another comprehensive and humourously accurate review, Chandler. I watched this as a ‘older child’ in the 1960s, (Not in 3-D) and even back then I thought it was more like a comedy, rather than the ‘space-horror’ it was touted as being.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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