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The War of the Worlds (13-Aug-1953)

Director: Byron Haskin

Writer: Barré Lyndon

From novel: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion, Disaster

An apparent meteorite that crashed near a small town east of Los Angeles is a precursor to a full scale invasion by Martians of Earth. In the top tier of 1950s science fiction. Won an Oscar for Best Special Effects; received additional nominations for Best Sound Recording and Best Editing. Won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation. Entered 2011 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Gene Barry
14-Jun-1919 9-Dec-2009 The War of the Worlds
Paul Frees
22-Jun-1920 2-Nov-1986 The Man of a Thousand Voices
Cedric Hardwicke
19-Feb-1893 6-Aug-1964 Suspicion
Jack Kruschen
20-Mar-1922 2-Apr-2002 The Apartment
Ann Robinson
1-May-1935   The War of the Worlds
Les Tremayne
Radio Personality
16-Apr-1913 19-Dec-2003 Veteran of 30,000 radio broadcasts


Gene Barry   ...   Dr. Clayton Forrester (scientist)
Ann Robinson   ...   Sylvia Van Buren (pastor's niece)
Les Tremayne   ...   Gen. Mann
Bob Cornthwaite   ...   Dr. Pryor
Sandro Giglio   ...   Dr. Bilderbeck
Lewis Martin   ...   Matthew Collins (pastor)
Houseley Stevenson Jr.   ...   Mann's aide
Paul Frees   ...   Radio Reporter
Bill Phipps   ...   Wash Perry
Vernon Rich   ...   Col. Ralph Heffner
Henry Brandon   ...   Cop
Jack Kruschen   ...   Salvatore
Cedric Hardwicke   ...   Commentary


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