THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Theatrical Release USA 1953)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

The War of the Worlds shows its age and relegates itself to an academic study of 1950s special effects, 1950s thinking patterns about alien invasions, and 1950s expectations of outcome if the invasion becomes hostile. The movie needs an upgrade due to its unsophisticated approach to the subject matter, but it is an interesting study of 1950s culture. The movie does not offer a great deal for entertainment value but can be admired for its historical significance.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


The Earth suffers an alien invasion. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Byron Haskin for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Cecil B. DeMille for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry), Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson), Major General Mann (Les Tremayne), Dr. Pryor (Bob Cornthwaite), Dr. Bilderbeck (Sandro Giglio), Pastor Dr. Matthew Collins (Lewis Martin), General Mann’s Aide (Houseley Stevenson, Jr.), Second Radio Reporter (Paul Frees), Wash Perry (William Phipps), and Colonel Ralph Heffner (Vernon Rich). 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The modern audience will appreciate Director Steven Spielberg’s 2005 War of the Worlds more than this movie.

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