I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

73 or 78 mins | Science fiction | October 1958

Director:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Writer:

Louis Vittes

Producer:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Cinematographer:

Haskell Boggs

Editor:

George Tomasini

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Although Maxie Rosenbloom’s character is called “Grady” several times in the film, he is called “Maxie” once by a bar patron. The film is unclear as to whether the aliens are inhabiting the human men’s actual bodies or are using the men’s memories to create false bodies that resemble the men. According to a 6 May 1958 item in HR ’s “Rambling Reporter” column, Joan Bradshaw had been cast in “the tramp role” in the picture but was ill and had to be recast.
       On 9 Sep 1958, HR noted that a publicity stunt for the film had backfired when Jack Sterling, “the star of the picture,” went “in his film costume” to the Los Angeles County Marriage Bureau with an actress to apply for a marriage license. Upon learning that the application was a “publicity gag,” bureau personnel ordered Sterling and the actress to leave. Sterling is not listed by any other contemporary source as appearing in the picture, however, and it is possible that he played one of the aliens. According to a modern source, makeup artist Charles Gemora created the alien ... More Less

Although Maxie Rosenbloom’s character is called “Grady” several times in the film, he is called “Maxie” once by a bar patron. The film is unclear as to whether the aliens are inhabiting the human men’s actual bodies or are using the men’s memories to create false bodies that resemble the men. According to a 6 May 1958 item in HR ’s “Rambling Reporter” column, Joan Bradshaw had been cast in “the tramp role” in the picture but was ill and had to be recast.
       On 9 Sep 1958, HR noted that a publicity stunt for the film had backfired when Jack Sterling, “the star of the picture,” went “in his film costume” to the Los Angeles County Marriage Bureau with an actress to apply for a marriage license. Upon learning that the application was a “publicity gag,” bureau personnel ordered Sterling and the actress to leave. Sterling is not listed by any other contemporary source as appearing in the picture, however, and it is possible that he played one of the aliens. According to a modern source, makeup artist Charles Gemora created the alien costumes. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Oct 1958.
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Daily Variety
10 Sep 58
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Sep 58
p. 8.
Hollywood Citizen-News
12 Sep 1958.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Apr 1958
p. 4, 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 1958
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 1958
p. 1, 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 58
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 1958
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Nov 58
p. 45.
Variety
17 Sep 58
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Company grip
Gaffer
Best boy
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Props
COSTUMES
Ladies' cost
Men's cost
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hair styles supv
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
Casting dir
Casting dir secy
Scr supv
Craft service
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1958
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 10 September 1958
Production Date:
21 April--early May 1958
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1958
Copyright Number:
LP12236
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73 or 78
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19050
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the town of Norrisville, Bill Farrell’s pals throw him a bachelor party on the eve of his wedding, but Bill leaves early to check on his fiancée Marge. While Bill is driving, he brakes suddenly to avoid a body lying in the middle of the road. When Bill gets out of the car, the body has disappeared and he is surprised by a shimmering, alien figure. After Bill faints, a cloud of smoke engulfs him. The next morning, Marge is worried because Bill is late for the wedding, although his friends, Sam Benson and Ted Hanks, assure her that he left the bachelor party in fine spirits. After Bill arrives and apologies for his tardiness, the couple is married, then leaves for their honeymoon. As the evening progresses, Marge is bewildered by Bill’s odd manner and unsettling questions, such as when he asks what the noise is during a thunderstorm. Bill stands on their hotel balcony after Marge retires and, unseen by her, the alien who took over his body is revealed by the lightning. A year later, Marge writes a letter to her mother, explaining how unhappy she is because Bill is so changed, but crumples it up in frustration. Meanwhile, Sam and Ted are drinking at Grady’s bar when the intoxicated Sam decides to leave. He leans against an alley wall to steady himself, and while he is defenseless, is also attacked and possessed by an alien. Soon after, Marge goes to family physician Dr. Wayne for tests to explain her childlessness, but he assures her that she is physically capable of having a baby. ... +


In the town of Norrisville, Bill Farrell’s pals throw him a bachelor party on the eve of his wedding, but Bill leaves early to check on his fiancée Marge. While Bill is driving, he brakes suddenly to avoid a body lying in the middle of the road. When Bill gets out of the car, the body has disappeared and he is surprised by a shimmering, alien figure. After Bill faints, a cloud of smoke engulfs him. The next morning, Marge is worried because Bill is late for the wedding, although his friends, Sam Benson and Ted Hanks, assure her that he left the bachelor party in fine spirits. After Bill arrives and apologies for his tardiness, the couple is married, then leaves for their honeymoon. As the evening progresses, Marge is bewildered by Bill’s odd manner and unsettling questions, such as when he asks what the noise is during a thunderstorm. Bill stands on their hotel balcony after Marge retires and, unseen by her, the alien who took over his body is revealed by the lightning. A year later, Marge writes a letter to her mother, explaining how unhappy she is because Bill is so changed, but crumples it up in frustration. Meanwhile, Sam and Ted are drinking at Grady’s bar when the intoxicated Sam decides to leave. He leans against an alley wall to steady himself, and while he is defenseless, is also attacked and possessed by an alien. Soon after, Marge goes to family physician Dr. Wayne for tests to explain her childlessness, but he assures her that she is physically capable of having a baby. On her way home, Marge runs into Sam and his longtime girl friend, Helen Rhodes, who announces that Sam has finally proposed to her. At home, Marge gives Bill a puppy as an anniversary present, but because animals can sense the alien within him, the dog reacts violently to him and Bill secretly kills it. Sam then comes over and, after revealing to Bill that he is an alien now also, instructs him to report to their spaceship, as their scientists have discovered how to increase the needed methane reserves in their human hosts. Late that night, a sleepless Marge watches Bill leave the house and decides to follow him. Marge trails him to the forest where the alien spaceship is hidden, and after the alien exits Bill’s body, it stands erect but lifeless as the alien goes into the ship. Marge accidentally knocks Bill’s body over as she attempts to revive him, then, shrieking in terror, runs to town. Unable to find anyone to believe her, Marge demands that policemen Schultz and Frank Swanson take her to police chief H. B. Collins, who is her godfather. Collins assures Marge that he believes her strange tale but cautions her to keep quiet while he investigates, so that the aliens are not alerted. Unknown to Marge, Collins, as well as Schultz and Swanson, has been taken over by aliens. Later, on the day of Sam and Helen’s wedding, Marge pleads with Helen to postpone, but just as she is about to tell her why, Bill interrupts and the wedding continues. Afterward, at their home, Bill talks oddly about how he is becoming sentimental and is beginning to understand, but Marge merely replies that she is tired. Bill then meets with Sam and Harry, who has also been inhabited, and Sam, who likes being human, comforts his disgruntled comrades, saying that soon their scientists will determine how to mutate human female chromosomes so that they can have children with them. Later, the couples are enjoying a lakeside picnic when Sam falls out of the boat in which he and Helen are rowing. Although Sam is an excellent swimmer, he begins to drown, so Ted rescues him. Dr. Wayne arrives in time to administer oxygen to Sam and is baffled when, instead of saving him, the oxygen kills him. Soon after, Marge again pleads with Collins for help, but he warns her that people will think she is insane if she continues to talk about monsters taking over Norrisville. Marge then attempts to telephone Washington, D.C. from a pay phone but is told that the lines are busy. Her attempt to telegraph the FBI is also stymied, and when she tries to drive out of town, she is sent home by Schultz and Swanson. At home, she confronts Bill, revealing that she knows that he has been possessed. Bill explains that his people are from the Andromeda constellation and were forced to flee their planet because their sun became unstable. Before they could construct enough spaceships, the sun’s hostile rays killed all of their females, and the males are now attempting to save their race by procreating with human females. Although Bill states that they inherited human feelings along with the bodies, and that he now loves her, Marge retreats in horror. She goes to the hospital, where she tells Wayne what she has discovered. Because of his strange experience with Sam, Wayne believes her and agrees that they must destroy the spaceship before the aliens take over. As they puzzle over how to tell the human men from the aliens, Ted appears and proclaims that his wife has just given birth to twins. Realizing that in the maternity waiting room he can find a posse of human men to fight the aliens, Wayne sends Marge home to deflect Bill’s suspicions. As the men approach the ship, however, it sends out a signal alerting the aliens in town, who rush to join the battle. Aliens attack the men but are killed by two German shepherd dogs, and after gaining entry into the ship, the men discover the bodies of the humans who had been possessed. The captives, kept alive in suspended animation, are hooked up to a broadcasting circuit through which the aliens can access their memories. Although he fears that disconnecting the men from the circuitry will kill them as well as the aliens, Wayne does it anyway, and soon Schultz and the other alien imposters are killed. Just before he dies, Collins broadcasts a message to all the alien spaceships to retreat, as their mission is a failure. Marge comes upon the alien Bill in the woods, and he sadly tells her that her people have won, then dies. The real men are revived, and soon Marge is being comforted by Bill as the spaceship self-destructs. +

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