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The Angry Red Planet (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 23 November 1959 (USA)
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One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

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Ib Melchior

Writers:

Ib Melchior (screenplay), Sidney W. Pink (screenplay) (as Sid Pink) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerald Mohr ... Col. Thomas O'Bannion
Nora Hayden ... Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan
Les Tremayne ... Prof. Theodore Gettell
Jack Kruschen ... CWO Sam Jacobs
Paul Hahn Paul Hahn ... Maj. Gen. George Treegar
J. Edward McKinley ... Prof. Paul Weiner
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Dr. Frank Gordon
Don Lamond Don Lamond ... TV Newscaster / Narrator / Martian (voice)
Edward Innes Edward Innes ... Brig. Gen. Alan Prescott
Gordon Barnes Gordon Barnes ... Maj. Lyman Ross
Jack Haddock Jack Haddock ... Lt. Col. Davis
Brandy Bryan Brandy Bryan ... Nurse Hayes
Joan Patrick ... Nurse Dixon (as Joan Fitzpatrick)
Duke Norton Duke Norton ... Dr. Muller
William Remick William Remick ... Dr. Hawley (as Wm. Remick)
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Storyline

The first spaceship to Mars, presumed lost, is found in space and brought back to Earth by remote control. Only two from an initial crew of four are still alive, but one is unconscious due to an attached alien growth, while the other is traumatized, blocking out all memory of what happened. In hopes to save the unconscious crewman, the amnesiac is interrogated back into remembering. Those in charge thereby learn of the terrible dangers awaiting anyone venturing into the spooky, ruddy stillness of the very alien Martian ecosystem. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Cinemagic and you invade the Angry red Planet. (Ad cuts). See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasion of Mars See more »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sino Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cameras that Ryan and Gettell used on the surface of Mars were Hasselblad model 500 or 1000.

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Goofs

Early in the film, it's said that there is a communications lag with Earth of just a couple seconds. Then it's said that they are only 30,000 miles from one character's favorite club/restaurant. Being only 30,000 miles from Earth would result in only a fraction-of-a-second radio delay. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan: [Looking out the spaceship window] Makes Broadway look like a dark alley!
Col. Thomas O'Bannion: How about exploring that dark alley together?
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Crazy Credits

The main title, cast and credits do not appear until the end of the film. See more »

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This movie has it all...
8 September 1999 | by JSPrineSee all my reviews

...no kidding!

Take every hackneyed gimmick you've ever seen in bad science fiction movies, add in bad acting, cornball dialogue, extraordinarily amateurish special effects, silly 'Martians', and add a garish crimson filter for your 'Martian landscape' shots, and you have a monster of a movie like this one turned out to be.

On the other hand, the monster ameba with the rotating eyeball was fun to watch, as was the gigantic rat-bat-spider creature.

This was made in those grand old days before 'political correctness' was so common; the Astronauts waste no time in wasting the local flora and fauna whenever they get the chance. Hey, why conduct a serious scientific expedition when you can romp around roasting the locals?

All its faults aside (and there are many of them), this is a fun movie to watch, particularly if you enjoy screaming in delight at all the bizarre events depicted on the screen.

Go ahead and rent this one, just make sure no one sees you with the evidence.


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