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When Worlds Collide (1951)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 15 November 1951 (USA)
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As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

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Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Edwin Balmer (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Derr ... David Randall
Barbara Rush ... Joyce Hendron
Peter Hansen ... Dr. Tony Drake
John Hoyt ... Sydney Stanton
Larry Keating ... Dr. Cole Hendron
Rachel Ames ... Julie Cummings (as Judith Ames)
Stephen Chase ... Dr. George Frye
Frank Cady ... Harold Ferris
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Emery Bronson
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Dr. Ottinger
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South African pilot@ Dave Randall serves as courier - transporting a briefcase to American scientist, Dr Hendron. Inside the case are documents which state the star Bellus will collide with Earth, destroying it. As domain comes ever closer, and despite widespread disbelief, only a modern-day Noah's arrk can save it. Written by J. Spurlin

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was originally considered for the part later taken by Richard Derr. See more »

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In two shots of the spaceship nearing the new planet Zyra, the first shot shows an angled front-view of the ship entering the frame from the right, and the very next shot shows Zyra on the left and an angled from-the-rear-view of the ship approaching it from left-to-right, but the background stars are exactly the same (from the same viewing-angle) in both shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: [spoken over a shot of outer space] Needles in a heavenly haystack. There are more stars in the heavens than there are human beings on Earth. Through telescopes men of science constantly search the infinitesimal corners of our solar system seeking new discoveries, hoping to better understand the laws of the Universe. Observatories dedicated to the study of astronomy are set in high and remote places, but there is none more remote than Mt. Kenna Observatory in this part of South ...
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Alternate Versions

In the German dub, the observatory from the beginning of the film is located in southern Germany and is named the Kepler Observatory. See more »

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When Worlds Collide is a slightly compelling George Pal sci-fi
7 April 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When Worlds Collide was George Pal's second sci-fi film after the success of his previous Destination Moon. It's also one of the earliest depictions of "the end-of-the-world" scenario since it was based on a 1932 novel. While the premise was interesting and there were some cool effects for a '50s Technicolor movie, there's the formula "girl has to choose between two men" that seemed par for the course in many of these genre flicks. The best performance was that of John Hoyt as the billionaire who finances the rocket move after the government turns scientist Larry Keating down. Richard Derr and Barbara Rush are the adequately compelling leads. Besides Keating who was the fourth Harry Morton on Burns and Allen, other familiar faces from later TV series include Hayden Rorke from I Dream of Jeanne (though it took a while before I recognized him since he wore a beard here) and Frank Cady from Petticoat Junction and Green Acres (though again he wasn't easily spotted without his mustache or gravelly voice). If you're a sci-fi fan of Pal, this film is worth a look. Just don't expect too much in the way of logic.


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Release Date:

15 November 1951 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$936,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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