In the ever-growing cycle of films dealing with interplanetary travel, communications or warfare, each succeeding entry endeavors to outpass its predecessors in drawing on fantasy and the imagination. It follows, then, that this is by far the most fanciful-and in many respects the most engrossing-of them all. Although, like many of the others, it assumes a pseudo-scientific approach to its dramatics, the film is geared for chills. In the goose-pimple department, it makes Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man and all the other spine-agitators look like a troop of Boy Scouts. the cast (Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Young, Robert Nichols) obviously will not overburden the marquee, but performances are acceptable and, most important, the feature has exploitation possibilities to challenge the initiative-and fill the cash drawers-of enterprising exhibitors. Directed by Christian Nyby.
Catchlines: Tense, Thrilling Adventure...Such as You Have Never Before Experienced in a Motion Picture...You'll Be Mystified...Astonished...and Fascinated by The Thing From Another World.
FLASHBACK: APRIL 14, 1951
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THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD
RKO Radio, 85 min. Rel: April 29, 1951