Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction monster film from Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, and James Arness. The film is based on an original story treatment by George Worthing Yates, which was then developed into a screenplay by Ted Sherdeman and adaptation by Russell Hughes.
New Mexico State Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and Trooper Ed Blackburn discover a little girl in shock and a catatonic state wandering the desert near Alamogordo. They take her to a nearby vacation trailer, located by a police spotter plane, where they find evidence that she had been there when the trailer was attacked and nearly destroyed. It is later discovered that the trailer was owned by an FBI Special Agent named Ellinson, on vacation with his wife, son, and daughter; the other members of the little girl's family remain missing. Now in an ambulance, she briefly reacts to a pulsating high-pitched sound coming from the desert by sitting upright, eyes open, on the stretcher, but no one else notices her reaction, and she lies back down when the noise stops.
|contentLocation||Los Angeles New Mexico|
|genre||horror science fiction|
|keywords||alamogordo alcoholic alcoholism atomic age atomic bomb test attack brutal death camponotus vicinus catatonic state claim coast guard crime scene cyanide dead body drunk tank fbi agent flamethrower fly forage force formic acid general store giant ants little girls los angeles river martial law mental hospital missing person missing pet model airplane mutate mutilated body myrmecologists myrmecology new mexico state police new world puzzle rail yard special agent state police storm drain submachine gun task force the first atomic bomb test thompson submachine gun trap trinity ufo unidentified flying object wander|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Special Effects|
|theme||monster movie science fiction horror|