Thing from Another World, The (1951)

The Thing from Another World (1951), directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks.

Who actually directed this is a subject of some confusion, even to the people who were there. In later years Nyby gave great deference to Hawks as his mentor.

It has many of the good features of a Hawks production: a great ensemble, although without big stars this time. Even minor characters seem to have background stories that we don't know.

Great overlapping wisecracks and even romantic flirting during the action scenes.


Dimitri Tiomkin score, with theremin. Photographed by Russell Harlan.

Available on DVD.