Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When Worlds Collide (1951)

Director: Rudolph Mate

Writers: Sydney Boehm, Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie

Composer: Leith Stevens

Starring: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt, Larry Keating, Rachel Ames, Stephen Chase, Frank Cady, Hayden Rorke, Sandro Giglio, Kirk Alyn, Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Romance! Thrills! Adventure!

Plot:  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.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  I doubt it.


OK, I dug this picture but the science is sooooo bad that it's hard to ignore but I tried.  There are lot of familiar faces (and voices) and the rocket ship model is neat but this is a science fiction picture of the talky kind.  The plot is ridiculous but you have to set that aside to enjoy it.  Some of the characters do things I wouldn't have done in the same situation and there's a good deal of Christianity tossed into it (the film opens with a picture of the bible).  The ending is as ridiculous as the plot but, being made in the US in 1951, you have to expect things to work out.  But when the ship makes it to the other planet and we see nothing but mountains and snow in every direction, only to land and exit the ship to see plentiful green pastures is about stupid and there's no abouts about it.  It's not the classic I hoped for but I'm glad I finally saw it.  The Paramount DVD looks good.  The only extra is the theatrical trailer.

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