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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
>point.
>
>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
ago.

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