The Thing from Another World
The Thing from Another World is a science fiction movie released by RKO Radio Pictures Inc. in 1951 and considered a classic of the genre. Produced by Howard Hawks and marking the directorial debut of Christian Nyby, the movie features Hollywood's first "space-age" monster and is credited with kickstarting the decade of similarly themed U.S. movies which followed. Filmed in Montana's Glacier National Park and an ice storage plant in Los Angeles, the movie revolves around a group of US scientists and servicemen stationed in the Arctic who investigate a crashed UFO and unwittingly release an almost invincible extra-terrestrial lifeform. Loosely based on the novel Who Goes There? (1938) by John W. Campbell, Jr., it was later remade by John Carpenter as "The Thing" in 1982.
- Margaret Sheridan - Nikki
- Kenneth Tobey - Captain Patrick Hendry
- Robert Cornthwaite - Dr. Carrington
- Douglas Spencer - Scotty
- James R. Young - Lt. Eddie Dykes
- Dewey Martin - Crew Chief
- Robert Nichols - Lt. Ken McPherson
- William Self - Corporal Barnes
- Eduard Franz - Dr. Stern
- Sally Creighton - Mrs. Chapman
- James Arness - The Thing
The movie opens in a US military base in Anchorage, Alaska. A request for assistance is received from a group of scientists stationed in an isolated Arctic outpost who have detected, via seismic instruments and radiation-triggered remote telescopic cameras which has crashed 48 miles from their base. A military team, accompanied by a journalist, respond to the request, and at the crash site discover a frozen spacecraft embedded in the ice. Attempts to melt the ice using thermite explosive charges result in the destruction of the craft, but they subsequently discover the body of its pilot and bring him back to their station still frozen in a block of ice. Unintentionally, they thaw the body, an eight-foot tall humanoid composed of a plant-like material. Despite displaying homicidal behaviour, the scientists want to preserve and study him, while the military personnel want to destroy him. These competing interest groups come into conflict to determine the creature's fate, until finally the military personnel win. By rigging up a section of the metallic flooring to a high voltage electrical supply, the creature is eventually defeated.
The movies closes with the Scotty, the journalist, relaying his report to fellow newsmen via radio: "Every one of you listening to my voice, tell the world, tell this to everybody wherever they are - Watch the skies... everywhere! Keep looking... Keep watching the skies!"
- The Thing From Another World - complete movie on streaming video from video.google. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
- Early screenplay by Charles Lederer. Retrieved 25 November 2008.