It Came From Outer Space
Movie Notes from the Rust Belt.....
Here’s a dandy film from the early 50s--It Came From Outer Space, starring a host of early 50s regulars, including Russell Johnson as George. You know him better as The Professor from Gilligan’s Island. OK, maybe you don’t, but that’s how I remember him. The female lead is played by a hottie named Barbara Rush who worked regularly in just about every TV program you ever saw from 1950 right through 7th Heaven in 2007.
The movie was originally released in 3-D. Now it’s merely 2-D, but that’s more than OK when you see it, as I did, through the magic of Amazon Prime in high definition.
In a nutshell, spacecraft of alien origin crash lands in the Arizona desert, witnessed by an amateur astrologer (ain’t that always the way?) who investigates the crash scene with the help of a helicopter pilot. And a helicopter. Alien gets away and townspeople don’t believe in aliens. But they will. When they begin to be replaced by aliens. The alien itself is a one-eyed critter who leaves a snail-trail wherever it goes.
The story line is adapted from a Ray Bradbury short story titled “The Meteor”. Really a pretty good piece of work here, and not at all a waste of an hour and 20 minutes.
Frankly, it's worth a look just for the cars. Our astrologer drives a Ford convertible with a spotlight. There's a woodie station wagon too. Made my mouth water.
Three stars. Have a look.