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Rated NR · 80 minutes · 1956

Science fiction
This genuine SF classic (1956) says a good deal more about the McCarthyist hysteria of the early 50s than about the danger of invasion from outer space by soul-stealing "pods." Don Siegel's superb little effort, with its matter-of-fact isolation of hero Kevin McCarthy (ironic, no?) from the smarmy complacency of a small town gone to hell—and way beyond—points the way to his gripping action films of the 60s and 70s (Madigan, Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry).
Director: Don Siegel
Producer: Walter Wanger
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Cates, King Donovan, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine, Tom Fadden, Kenneth Patterson, Guy Way, Pat O'Malley and Whit Bissell

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