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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 8 Apr 2004 14:54:57 -0500
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At 3:57 AM -0400 4/8/04, david tetzlaff wrote:
>I'm trying to identify a sci-fi movie i saw as a child in the early
>1960 at a saturday matinee. It was probably made in the 1950s. My
>memory is that it had a name simialr to 'Invaders from Mars' but it
>is not that film (Menzies, 1953). I think the plot was very similar,
>though: people transformed one by one into zombies, with some
>telltale mark, only one person recognizes it (I think also a child),
>etc. However, my memory is that this film was in black and white, had
>more naturalitic acting than 'Invaders from Mars.' and as I recall,
>the invaders were hiding out some secret process in a chemical plant
>or refinery, and near the end of the film the place blows up and
>there's a blob-like thingie or two terrorizing the humans at that
>So does anyone remember a movie like this? Can anyone recommend a
>source/method for trying to dig up stuff like this.

That's probably THE DAY MARS INVADED EARTH (1962) directed by Maury
Dexter in black and white cinemascope, starring Kent Taylor and Marie
Windsor.  The set is a single house, and the cast is limited pretty
much to scientist Taylor and his family ..... and their evil Martian
doubles.  It's a downbeat film ending with <Spoiler alert!> the
family as piles of ashes at the bottom of their empty swimming pool.
Or at least that's how I recall it from  a viewing about twenty years

--Richard J. Leskosky (glad to have finally gotten some use out of
those synapses)
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