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  • #31
    Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

    No question the best 50's sci-fi movie was "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

    AMC had "The Thing" on this past weekend. I hadn't seen it in a long time. Good stuff. And one of the local channels had "The Mole People" on. I never realized Alfred from the Batman TV show was the high priest.

    Some movies that scared the crap out of me as a kid:

    "Tarantula"
    "Earth Vs. The Spider"
    "War of the Colossal Beast"
    "Monster on the Campus"
    Cornell '82

    "The first time I went to a Cornell game, I was in awe. I'm a big believer that sports fans should get out and see everything -- the Indy 500, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby. I've seen all that, and there's nothing like Lynah Rink." - Carl McKee, father of Cornell Goalie, David McKee

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    • #32
      Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

      Originally posted by Hopkinja View Post
      No question the best 50's sci-fi movie was "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

      AMC had "The Thing" on this past weekend. I hadn't seen it in a long time. Good stuff. And one of the local channels had "The Mole People" on. I never realized Alfred from the Batman TV show was the high priest.

      Some movies that scared the crap out of me as a kid:

      "Tarantula"
      "Earth Vs. The Spider"
      "War of the Colossal Beast"
      "Monster on the Campus"
      Thanks for bringing up tarantula. That one shook me up a bit also. Can you believe Leo G Carroll in that one? AMC used to be a great staion-showing movies uncut and commercial free. Now with all their advertising and coming attractions on top of the movies, and their editing-I just cannot watch the channel. When TCM shows 'The Thing'-it still scares the heck out of me.
      Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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      • #33
        Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

        Originally posted by DrDemento View Post
        Thanks for bringing up tarantula. That one shook me up a bit also. Can you believe Leo G Carroll in that one? AMC used to be a great staion-showing movies uncut and commercial free. Now with all their advertising and coming attractions on top of the movies, and their editing-I just cannot watch the channel. When TCM shows 'The Thing'-it still scares the heck out of me.
        Maybe it was TCM. It was the one without the commercials.
        Cornell '82

        "The first time I went to a Cornell game, I was in awe. I'm a big believer that sports fans should get out and see everything -- the Indy 500, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby. I've seen all that, and there's nothing like Lynah Rink." - Carl McKee, father of Cornell Goalie, David McKee

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        • #34
          Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

          I remember this crapfest from a time when they would air this type of film late on Saturday nights:
          *****http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FKxj7S66vU4/Sct6OtAUEYI/AAAAAAAADsg/7n5lIc0lk6k/s400/mole+people******

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          • #35
            Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

            Originally posted by Hopkinja View Post
            Maybe it was TCM. It was the one without the commercials.
            Great station-although they can be a bit repetitive showing some things a bit often-they show so many of the great movies from the past.
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            • #36
              Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

              Originally posted by DrDemento View Post
              Thanks for bringing up tarantula. That one shook me up a bit also. Can you believe Leo G Carroll in that one?
              As immortalized in the first song of Rocky Horror.

              Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still
              But he told us where we stand
              And Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear
              Claude Raines was the invisible man
              Then something went wrong for Fay Wray and King Kong
              They got caught in a celluloid jam
              Then at a deadly pace it came from outer space
              And this is how the message ran:

              Science Fiction - Double Feature
              Dr. X will build a creature
              See androids fighting Brad and Janet
              Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
              Oh-oh at the late night, double feature, picture show.

              I knew Leo G. Carroll was over a barrel
              When Tarantula took to the hills
              And I really got hot when I saw Janet Scott
              Fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills
              Dana Andrews said prunes gave him the runes
              And passing them used lots of skills
              But when worlds collide, said George Pal to his bride
              I'm gonna give you some terrible thrills, like a:

              Science Fiction - Double Feature
              Dr. X will build a creature
              See androids fighting Brad and Janet
              Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
              Oh-oh at the late night,
              double feature,
              picture
              show

              Annotation.
              Last edited by Kepler; 10-01-2012, 10:32 PM.
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              • #37
                Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                Script written --
                The Gulf Monsters
                Plot: Following the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, toxic chemicals seeped into the ocean floor resulting in "The Gulf Monsters"

                Pick your cast from the 1950's:

                Hero
                Scientist
                Scientist's assistant (opposite sex of Scientist)
                Law Enforcement / Government Official
                Innocent victims #1, #2, #3
                Evil Person(s)
                Cameo

                Miss anyone?
                CCT '77 & '78
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                5 grandsons (BCA 7/09, CJA 5/14, JDL 8/14, JFL 6/16, PJL 7/18)
                1 granddaughter (EML 4/18)

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                - Benjamin Franklin

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                • #38
                  Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                  Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                  As immortalized in the first song of Rocky Horror.

                  Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still
                  But he told us where we stand
                  And Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear
                  Claude Raines was the invisible man
                  Then something went wrong for Fay Wray and King Kong
                  They got caught in a celluloid jam
                  Then at a deadly pace it came from outer space
                  And this is how the message ran:

                  Science Fiction - Double Feature
                  Dr. X will build a creature
                  See androids fighting Brad and Janet
                  Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
                  Oh-oh at the late night, double feature, picture show.

                  I knew Leo G. Carroll was over a barrel
                  When Tarantula took to the hills
                  And I really got hot when I saw Janet Scott
                  Fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills
                  Dana Andrews said prunes gave him the runes
                  And passing them used lots of skills
                  But when worlds collide, said George Pal to his bride
                  I'm gonna give you some terrible thrills, like a:

                  Science Fiction - Double Feature
                  Dr. X will build a creature
                  See androids fighting Brad and Janet
                  Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
                  Oh-oh at the late night,
                  double feature,
                  picture
                  show

                  Annotation.
                  Says it all right there, doesn't it? For those of us who saw most if not all of those movies-Great posting!!
                  Take the shortest distance to the puck and arrive in ill humor

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                  • #39
                    Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                    Originally posted by joecct View Post
                    The Gulf Monsters
                    Scientist -- Gene Barry (Dr. Clayton Forrester from "War of the Worlds")
                    Scientist's assistant (opposite sex of Scientist) -- Margaret Sheridan (Nicki from "The Thing from Another World")
                    Law Enforcement / Government Official -- Alan Hale Jr. (Sheriff Townsend from "The Crawling Hand")
                    Evil Person -- John Hoyt (Mr. Stanton from "When World's Collide")

                    Miss anyone?
                    There is also:

                    Rival for Assistant's Love (sacrifices himself in final reel)
                    Town Drunk or Misunderstood Teen (first sees the monster but is ignored)
                    Wise Old Man (offers calm in time of crisis; usually clergy)
                    Child In Danger (often niece of Scientist to get Assistant's maternal juices flowing)
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                    • #40
                      Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                      Nice call on the Rocky Horror Theme, Kep.

                      And my nominee for "Misunderstood Teen who First Sees the Monster" has got to be Steve McQueen in "The Blob."
                      Cornell '82

                      "The first time I went to a Cornell game, I was in awe. I'm a big believer that sports fans should get out and see everything -- the Indy 500, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby. I've seen all that, and there's nothing like Lynah Rink." - Carl McKee, father of Cornell Goalie, David McKee

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                      • #41
                        Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                        Originally posted by Hopkinja View Post
                        Nice call on the Rocky Horror Theme, Kep.

                        And my nominee for "Misunderstood Teen who First Sees the Monster" has got to be Steve McQueen in "The Blob."
                        Yep, I think that McQueen role is definitive.

                        BTW, the line in the Rocky Horror song about "runes" is a reference to "Night of the Demon," maybe the best Brit horror movie of all time.
                        Cornell University
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                        ECAC Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
                        Ivy League Champion 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020

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                        • #42
                          Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                          Saw this one in a TCM Catalog:
                          From Hell It Came (1957)
                          This is the notorious tree monster movie! A dead man cursed by a witch doctor and a tribal chief on a Pacific Island gets a dose of radiation and turns into TOBANGA!!, a flora nightmare that proves its bite is as bad as its bark as it wreaks vengeance on the non- New York Islanders. With Tod Andrews and Tina Carver. 71 mins B&W/NR.

                          Who writes this copy? Who came up with this script?
                          CCT '77 & '78
                          4 kids
                          5 grandsons (BCA 7/09, CJA 5/14, JDL 8/14, JFL 6/16, PJL 7/18)
                          1 granddaughter (EML 4/18)

                          ”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
                          - Benjamin Franklin

                          Banned from the St. Lawrence University Facebook page - March 2016 (But I got better).

                          I want to live forever. So far, so good.

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                          • #43
                            Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                            Originally posted by joecct View Post
                            Saw this one in a TCM Catalog:
                            From Hell It Came (1957)
                            This is the notorious tree monster movie! A dead man cursed by a witch doctor and a tribal chief on a Pacific Island gets a dose of radiation and turns into TOBANGA!!, a flora nightmare that proves its bite is as bad as its bark as it wreaks vengeance on the non- New York Islanders. With Tod Andrews and Tina Carver. 71 mins B&W/NR.

                            Who writes this copy? Who came up with this script?
                            Nice:

                            *****http://www.monstershack.net/reviews/full/gfx/fhic/throw.jpg******

                            I'd like to see it race the monster from It Conquered the World:

                            *****http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-09-bqYDtmjI/TfrE_lSVreI/AAAAAAAAAT4/cGcaKFVbdMY/s1600/thingconquered.jpg******
                            Last edited by Kepler; 10-03-2012, 05:14 PM.
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                            • #44
                              Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                              Originally posted by joecct View Post
                              Saw this one in a TCM Catalog:
                              From Hell It Came (1957)
                              This is the notorious tree monster movie! A dead man cursed by a witch doctor and a tribal chief on a Pacific Island
                              For some reason this plot description immediately conjured up images of dozens of unrelated horror flicks from the same era. I am sure I'm overestimating its usage but...

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                              • #45
                                Re: Favorite 1950's SciFi movies

                                Originally posted by Slap Shot View Post
                                For some reason this plot description immediately conjured up images of dozens of unrelated horror flicks from the same era. I am sure I'm overestimating its usage but...
                                Two words:

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                                CCT '77 & '78
                                4 kids
                                5 grandsons (BCA 7/09, CJA 5/14, JDL 8/14, JFL 6/16, PJL 7/18)
                                1 granddaughter (EML 4/18)

                                ”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
                                - Benjamin Franklin

                                Banned from the St. Lawrence University Facebook page - March 2016 (But I got better).

                                I want to live forever. So far, so good.

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