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"The Thing from Another World (often referred to as The Thing before its 1982 remake), is a 1951 science fiction film based on the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell, Jr. (writing under the pseudonym of 'Don A. Stuart').
The film tells the story of an Air Force crew and scientists at a remote Arctic research outpost who fight a malevolent plant-based alien being. It stars Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite and Douglas Spencer. James Arness appeared as The Thing, difficult to recognize in costume and makeup. No players are named during the opening credits; the only cast credit is at the movie's end.
The film took advantage of the national feelings of the time to help enhance the horror elements of the story. The film reflected a post-Hiroshima skepticism about science and negative views of scientists who meddle with things better left alone. In the end, it is American servicemen and sensible scientists who win the day over the monster.
The screenplay changes the fundamental nature of the alien as presented in Campbell's novella: Lederer's 'Thing' is a humanoid monster whose cellular structure is closer to vegetation although it must feed on blood to survive. One character describes it as an "intellectual carrot". The structure of the monster made him impervious to bullets. In the original story, the 'Thing' is a lifeform capable of assuming the physical and mental characteristics of anyone it chooses. This aspect was realized in the John Carpenter remake of the film in 1982.
The Thing from Another World was released in April 1951 and by the end of that year had accrued US$ 1,950,000 in distributors' domestic (U.S. and Canada) rentals, making it the year's 46th biggest earner, beating all other science fiction films released that year, including The Day The Earth Stood Still and When Worlds Collide.
The Thing is now considered by many to be one the best films of 1951. Time magazine named The Thing from Another World the greatest 1950s sci-fi movie. In 2001, the film was deemed 'culturally significant' by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Also, one of the film's actors, William Self, later became President of 20th Century-Fox Television."
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... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! But lets go over a few rules first. There's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers WILL be gutted and skinned! Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. No open flames. Dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And NO TEXTING! I am so serious about that one.
And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).
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The Thing from Another World