The Thing from Another World
The Thing from Another World, sometimes referred to as just The Thing, is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction-horror film, directed by Christian Nyby, produced by Edward Lasker for Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, and released by RKO Pictures. The film stars Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, and Douglas Spencer. James Arness plays The Thing, but he is difficult to recognize in costume and makeup due to both low lighting and other effects used to obscure his features. The Thing from Another World is based on the 1938 novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell (writing under the pseudonym of Don A. Stuart).
In Anchorage, journalist Ned Scott (Douglas Spencer), looking for a story, visits the Air Force officer's club, where he meets Captain Pat Hendry (Kenneth Tobey), his co-pilot Lieutenant Eddie Dykes, (a friend of Scott's), and flight navigator Ken "Mac" MacPherson. General Fogarty orders Hendry to fly to Polar Expedition Six at the North Pole, per a request from its lead scientist, Nobel laureate Dr. Arthur Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite); Carrington has radioed that an unusual aircraft has crashed nearby. With Scott, Corporal Barnes, crew chief Bob, and a pack of sled dogs, Hendry pilots a Douglas C-47 transport aircraft to the remote outpost.
|author||Ben Hecht Charles Lederer Howard Hawks John W. Campbell|
|award||National Film Registry|
|director||Christian Nyby Howard Hawks|
|events||Cold War extraterrestrial life|
|genre||horror science fiction|
|keywords||advanced air force alien attack attack blood plasma build bury carnivorous plant disturb douglas c-47 electric blanket fall flying saucer frozen body geiger counter greenhouse injured inuit kill load morning nobel nobel prize north pole obsess officer\'s club plant life polar expedition radio operator sever sled dogs thermite warn|
|productionCompany||Winchester Pictures Corporation|
|publisher||RKO Radio Pictures|
|theme||extraterrestrial life monster movie science fiction horror war|