The Space Children

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The Space Children
The Space Children poster.jpg
Directed byJack Arnold
Produced byWilliam Alland
Screenplay byBernard C. Schoenfeld
Story byTom Filer
Based onThe Egg
by Tom Filer[1]
Starring
Music byVan Cleave
CinematographyErnest Laszlo
Edited byTerry O. Morse
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 18, 1958 (1958-06-18) (US)
[2]
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Space Children is a 1958 film produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold and starring Michael Ray, Jackie Coogan, Russell Johnson and Johnny Crawford[3]. The special effects were handled by John P. Fulton and makeup was done by Wally Westmore.[4] The film was released in June, 1958 on a double bill with The Colossus of New York.[5][6]

The part of Eadie Johnson is portrayed by Sandy Descher, who had previous sci-fi movie experience when she played the catatonic child in Them! (1954).[7]

Plot[edit]

A brain from space visits Earth and communicates telepathically with the children of a group of scientists who are planning a nuclear war. The alien brain helps the children to sabotage their parents' rockets to prevent the war.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Space Children was William Alland's first picture with Paramount.[9] The film was based on The Egg, an unpublished story by Tom Filer (involving a girl with polio) that was significantly different than the film.[1][2]

The alien brain was created by special effects artist Ivyl Burks and used $3,300 of neon lights to create the glowing effect.[10]

Release[edit]

The Space Children was first released to theaters on June 18, 1958[2] as part of a double bill, along with The Colossus of New York, which was also produced by William Alland.[11]

Home media[edit]

The Space Children was first released as a DVD in 2006 as part of the Lost Movie Classics Collection by RoDon Enterprises.[12] A second DVD release occurred in 2012[13] and was accompanied by a Blu-ray release[14] both by Olive Films.

Reception[edit]

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-fiction 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."[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Warren, Bill (1982). Keep watching the skies!: American science fiction movies of the fifties (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780899501703. OCLC 7999158. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d AFI staff (2013). "The Space Children". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Los Angeles, California, USA: American Film Institute. OCLC 772904208. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Warren, Bill (1986). "Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2". McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 766
  4. ^ Warren, Bill (1986). "Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2". McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 766
  5. ^ Weldon, Michael (1983). The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film (1st, reissue, illustrated ed.). New York City, New York, USA: Ballantine Books. ISBN 9780345343451. OCLC 10200446. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Warren, Bill (1986). "Keep Watching The Skies Volume 2". McFarland & Co., Inc. ISBN 0-89950-170-2. Page 766
  7. ^ Parla, Paul; Mitchell, Charles P. (October 1, 2009). Screen Sirens Scream!: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir and Mystery Movies, 1930s To 1960s (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. p. 48. ISBN 9780786445875. OCLC 318421123. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Movie – The Space Children (1958)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  9. ^ Hopper, Hedda (October 5, 1957). "'Space Children' Set as Science-Fiction". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California, USA: Eddy Hartenstein. p. B2. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  10. ^ Johnson, John (1996). Cheap Tricks and Class Acts: Special Effects, Makeup and Stunts from the Fantastic Fifties (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. p. 19. ISBN 9780786400935. OCLC 32430986. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  11. ^ Lucanio, Patrick (1987). Them or us: archetypal interpretations of the fifties alien invasion films (illustrated ed.). Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253358714. OCLC 15055165. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  12. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 696008721. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  13. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 807233984. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  14. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Space Children". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 800429909. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  15. ^ 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.

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