Lauded by Spielberg, with music from Henry Mancini and a Golden Globe for Barbara Rush…It Came From Outer Space is a science-fiction classic that is as thought provoking and tantalising today as it was when it first “landed” on the silver screen. It starred Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Russell Johnson, Kathleen Hughes and Joe Sawyer.
Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancée Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness. Of course, when he tells his story to the sheriff (Charles Drake), John is branded a crackpot; but before long, strange things begin to happen, and the tide of disbelief turns…
Although the screenplay is credited to Harry Essex, most of the script, including dialogue, is exactly as Ray Bradbury wrote it. Bradbury offered two story outlines to the studio, one with malicious aliens, the other with benign aliens. The studio chose the benign aliens which Bradbury was happy about. It was one of the first sci-fi films to feature an intelligent, non-humanoid and non-malevolent alien life form. Steven Spielberg has credited this film, and its plot focused on aliens with no evil intentions, as the main inspiration for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Barbara Rush won the Golden Globe award in 1954 as most promising female newcomer for her role in the film.
The film’s uncredited music score was composed by Irving Gertz, Herman Stein and Henry Mancini (winner of four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995).
Extras: Feature Commentary with film historian Tom Weaver / The Universe According to Universal: An Original Documentary on It Came From Outer Space / Theatrical Trailers 2D and 3D / Photograph and Poster Gallery.