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The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi | December 1962 (USA)
Martians replace a scientist and his family to pave way for their invasion.

Director:

Maury Dexter

Writer:

Harry Spalding
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kent Taylor ... Dr. David Fielding
Marie Windsor ... Claire Fielding
William Mims William Mims ... Dr. Web Spencer
Betty Beall Betty Beall ... Judi Fielding
Lowell Brown Lowell Brown ... Frank Hazard
Gregg Shank Gregg Shank ... Rocky Fielding
Henrietta Moore Henrietta Moore ... Miss Moore
Troy Melton ... Police Officer
George Riley George Riley ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

The Martians are actually protecting themselves from US!!. - since the Earth probe landed on their planet they are taking measures to ensure their security by replacing our scientists with doppelgangers who report nothing. A very insightful film that was under-rated and ahead of it's time, with a 1963 vision of a primitive mars rover. Written by fletch

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Strange Invisible Astro-Energy Unleashed Leaves Mankind A Human Shell As It Destroys His Body And Brain!

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Dia Em Que Marte Invadiu a Terra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Greystone mansion was also used in The Loved One, in which one portion of the grounds appeared as the swimming pool where John Gielgud's character hangs himself, and one of the property's garden walkways "portrayed" Poet's Corner in the massive cemetery called Whispering Glades. See more »

Goofs

According to the letter the Dr. is dictating his figures (372 yards traveled in 6 minutes) indicate the robot device was moving across Mars surface at just under 29 mph. It clearly wasn't nor should a sample-taking and analyzing device be moving at those speeds. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Web Spencer: It's not every day we make a successful landing on Mars.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nightmare in Blood (1977) See more »

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Low budget suspense
31 December 2000 | by S GillSee all my reviews

This film was a pleasant surprise and reminded me of "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" and "The Shining" both in plot content and, more particularly, the methods used to build atmosphere and suspense.

The film struggles to overcome its budgetary constraints and suffers from some rather wooden performances from the limited cast. It is unfortunate that when dealing with such a small cast a below par performance is a great deal more obvious than it would be in most films. A case of not enough flowers to hide the weeds.

I was surprised to see comments from another viewer who attributed this film to the UK, as far as I can see there are no links to the UK. The writer was Canadian and the cast, director, studio and locations all American.

It's certainly worth 70 minutes of your time to give this production a chance, if nothing else it is a refreshing change from the hideously unconvincing "rubber monster" flicks that were so prevalent in this genre.


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