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The Night the World Exploded (1957)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred F. Sears
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathryn Grant ... Laura Hutchinson
William Leslie ... Dr. David Conway
Tristram Coffin ... Dr. Ellis Morton (as Tris Coffin)
Raymond Greenleaf ... Gov. Chaney
Charles Evans ... Gen. Bortes
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Sheriff Quinn (as Frank Scannell)
Marshall Reed ... General's Aide
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Ranger Brown
Paul Savage Paul Savage ... Ranger Kirk
Terry Frost ... Chief Rescue Worker
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Storyline

Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to convince the Governor but he cannot bring himself to declare an emergency when there is no proof the machine works - which, within 24 hours, it is proven to do. More significantly, Conway is getting readings which indicate a series of additional, pending quakes around the world, which also begin to occur; and more still seem to be on the way. With his assistant "Hutch", to whose love for him he seems oblivious, Conway takes his equipment to the deepest point of Carlsbad Caverns, in hopes that being closer to the center of the earth will help discern the cause of the earthquake epidemic. It does, when they inadvertently discover a new element which lies dormant in watery pools deep within the earth but, when in contact with air, becomes violently explosive. Forces unknown appear to be pushing this ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Taglines:

Super-quake tilts the earth!

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A noite em que o mundo explodiu See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was so low budgeted that, instead of hiring a voice specialist to do the narration, it was done by the director, Fred F. Sears. See more »

Goofs

When the "element 112" sample exploded inside the small globe, it was immediately and obviously followed by a blast from explosives buried in the ground under the globe. See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Conway: We better do more than hope, gentlemen. We better pray!
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Connections

Edited from Born to Be Wild (1938) See more »

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amusing low budget props, but above average plot line for 50's....
6 May 2000 | by wayne.godbehereSee all my reviews

Entertaining typical 50's sci-fi low budget offering with slightly above average plot line for the time.

However, particularly amusing are scenes in the military command aircraft which used card tables and folding chairs in front of mock-up aircraft porthole windows.


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