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Target Earth (1954)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 November 1954 (USA)
Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are strangers Frank and Nora.

Director:

Sherman A. Rose

Writers:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), James H. Nicholson (original screenplay) (as James Nicholson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Denning ... Frank Brooks
Kathleen Crowley ... Nora King
Virginia Grey ... Vicki Harris
Richard Reeves ... Jim Wilson
Robert Roark ... Davis, the Killer
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Charles Otis
Arthur Space ... Lt. General Wood
Whit Bissell ... Tom, Chief research scientist
James Drake James Drake ... Lieutenant (as Jim Drake)
Steve Pendleton ... Colonel
House Peters Jr. ... Technician
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Storyline

A large city is ordered to be completely evacuated as an army of robots, believed to be from the planet Venus, attack it. Left behind are Nora King and Frank Brooks, strangers until their chance meeting in the deserted streets. They meet a celebrating couple at a café, Vicki Harris and Jim Wilson. The quartet escape the robot patrol and take refuge in a large hotel. There, they encounter a new danger in Davis, a psychopathic killer. Venus robots or not, Davis practices his profession. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasores de otros mundos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$85,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

Brooks had been knocked over the head and "dumped in an alley", yet his clothes are clean and pressed. See more »

Quotes

Frank Brooks: Take it easy. I'm not going to hurt you.
[grabs Nora and slaps her]
Frank Brooks: That's more like it. Now calm down!
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Alternate Versions

One TV version contains an extra scene after the opening credits showing several alien craft flying out from the side of the moon.This scene looks very much like it comes from another sci-fi movie of the time as it is very badly edited in to the movie.This scene is not on the DVD. See more »

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A mixed bag of good and bad.
29 June 2000 | by littlenemoSee all my reviews

Acting: THE GOOD. Richard Reeves and Virginia Grey. Although they both started the movie completely intoxicated, they suddenly become sober at the sight of a dead body. But I found them to be the only two characters with any hint of personality in this movie. THE BAD: Everybody else. Kathleen Crowly runs through the vacant city with a smile on her face, isn't she supposed to be frightened? Richard Denning is just the opposite. His face is so straight throughout the whole movie, I was beginning to believe HE was a robot. And finally, Robert Roark...ugh!! What is that?? A Humphry Bogart impersonation?

SPECIAL EFFECTS: THE GOOD: You'll only have to look at the robots a few times,the rest is left to our imaginations. THE BAD: Is that robot bow-legged? Well, I have seen worse in other B-movies.

CLASSIC LINES: FRANK: "Take it easy, I'm not going to hurt you!" Just before slapping Nora in the face. And, FRANK: "It's(Venus)covered by a heavy layer of clouds,that means plenty of water, oxygen, and hydrogen in it's atmosphere." VICKI: "Say, where did you learn all this?" FRANK: "College." Overall, this is your average 50's sci-fi with more focus on character studies than on the cheap looking robot. Which saves it from the Ed Wood level of movie making.


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