The Space Children
|The Space Children|
|Directed by||Jack Arnold|
|Produced by||William Alland|
|Screenplay by||Bernard C. Schoenfeld|
|Story by||Tom Filer|
|Based on||The Egg
by Tom Filer
|Music by||Van Cleave|
|Editing by||Terry O. Morse|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||69 minutes|
A brain from space visits earth and communicates telepathically with the children of scientists that are planning a nuclear war. The alien brain helps the children to sabotage the rockets and prevent the war.
- Michel Ray as Bud Brewster
- Adam Williams as Dave Brewster
- Peggy Webber as Anne Brewster
- Johnny Washbrook as Tim Gamble
- Jackie Coogan as Hank Johnson
- Richard Shannon as Lieutenant Colonel Alan Manley
- Raymond Bailey as Dr. Wahrman
- Sandy Descher as Eadie Johnson
- Larry Pennell as Major Thomas
- Peter Baldwin as Security Officer James
- Ty Hardin as Sentry
- Russell Johnson as Joe Gamble
- David Bair as Saul Wahrman
- Johnny Crawford as Ken Brewster
- Eilene Janssen as Phyllis Manley
- Jean Engstrom as Peg Gamble
The Space Children was William Alland's first picture with Paramount. The film was based on The Egg, an unpublished story by Tom Filer, involving a girl with polio and was significantly different than the film.
The Space Children was first released as a DVD in 2006 as part of the Lost Movie Classics Collection by RoDon Enterprises. A second DVD release occurred in 2012 and was accompanied by a Blu-ray release both by Olive Films.
Movie critic for The Commercial Appeal, John Beifuss, reviewed the film, stating;"while robust Wikipedia entries can be found for the other Arnold and Alland science-ficton films, "The Space Children" rates only these two sentences: 'The Space Children' is a 1958 film directed by Jack Arnold. The movie was featured on 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' in 1998 during season 9.".
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- WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 800429909. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- Beifuss, John (November 21, 2012). "'The Colossus of New York' Meets 'The Space Children'; or, Disembodied Brains, Cold War Kids and Bible Verses: The 13 Days of Halloween - Day Six". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee, USA: George Cogswell). ISSN 0745-4856. OCLC 9227552. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- staff (July 26, 1958). "Actor 'Rocketing' Up". The Miami News (Miami, Florida, USA: Cox Enterprises). p. 7A. OCLC 10000467. Retrieved March 10, 2013. "Adam Williams, one of the industry's fastest-rising actors, portrays a rocket expert in Paramount's "The Space Children.""
- The Space Children at the Internet Movie Database
- The Space Children at the American Film Institute Catalog