Invisible Invaders (1959)

67 mins | Science fiction | June 1959

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writer:

Sam Neuman

Producer:

Robert E. Kent

Cinematographer:

Maury Gertsman

Production Designer:

William Glasgow

Production Company:

Premium Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film opens and closes with a voice-over narration. John Carradine's character's name, "Karol," was misspelled in the closing credits as "Carl." The film utilized stock footage for many of the alien-caused ... More Less

The film opens and closes with a voice-over narration. John Carradine's character's name, "Karol," was misspelled in the closing credits as "Carl." The film utilized stock footage for many of the alien-caused "disasters." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 May 1959.
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Daily Variety
8 May 59
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 May 59
p. 7.
Filmfacts
1959
p. 116.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Dec 1958.
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 1958.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 1958
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 59
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Jun 59
p. 317.
Variety
13 May 59
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief tech
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Supv ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Ward man
Ward woman
MUSIC
SOUND
Eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Casting
DETAILS
Release Date:
June 1959
Production Date:
began 11 December 1958 at Paramount-Sunset Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Premium Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 May 1959
Copyright Number:
LP14711
Physical Properties:
Sound
Ryder Sound Services
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19241
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After renowned atomic scientist Dr. Karol Noymann dies in an accidental explosion, longtime friend and colleague Dr. Adam Penner resigns from the U.S. Atomic Commission, convinced that continued atomic testing will escalate the dangerous worldwide arms race. The night after Karol’s funeral, Adam is stunned to receive a visit from an apparently revived Karol, who reveals that he is an alien using the dead body to give Earth a vital message. The alien declares that his species has grown so alarmed by the human development of space flight and atomic weapons that they are demanding that worldwide atomic testing cease within twenty-four hours or the planet will be destroyed. Adam expresses skepticism over the aliens’ ability to conquer the planet, until the extraterrestrial reveals his species is invisible and will inhabit the bodies of dead humans to kill the living. The alien then leaves and later Adam relates the bizarre visit to his adult daughter Phyllis and fellow scientist Dr. John Lamont. Although the couple is incredulous, Adam pleads with John to tell his story to government officials in Washington, D.C.. The story is met with derision and disbelief by officials and the press, frightening Adam into seeking out the alien to plead for an extension. Although doubtful, Phyllis and John accompany Adam to the cemetery and are stunned when Adam’s calls bring forth the voice of the alien, who agrees that Adam’s efforts to warn the world have not been effective. Vowing to present a warning that cannot be denied, the alien departs. Soon after, a plane crashes in New York and the body of the dead pilot appears at ... +


After renowned atomic scientist Dr. Karol Noymann dies in an accidental explosion, longtime friend and colleague Dr. Adam Penner resigns from the U.S. Atomic Commission, convinced that continued atomic testing will escalate the dangerous worldwide arms race. The night after Karol’s funeral, Adam is stunned to receive a visit from an apparently revived Karol, who reveals that he is an alien using the dead body to give Earth a vital message. The alien declares that his species has grown so alarmed by the human development of space flight and atomic weapons that they are demanding that worldwide atomic testing cease within twenty-four hours or the planet will be destroyed. Adam expresses skepticism over the aliens’ ability to conquer the planet, until the extraterrestrial reveals his species is invisible and will inhabit the bodies of dead humans to kill the living. The alien then leaves and later Adam relates the bizarre visit to his adult daughter Phyllis and fellow scientist Dr. John Lamont. Although the couple is incredulous, Adam pleads with John to tell his story to government officials in Washington, D.C.. The story is met with derision and disbelief by officials and the press, frightening Adam into seeking out the alien to plead for an extension. Although doubtful, Phyllis and John accompany Adam to the cemetery and are stunned when Adam’s calls bring forth the voice of the alien, who agrees that Adam’s efforts to warn the world have not been effective. Vowing to present a warning that cannot be denied, the alien departs. Soon after, a plane crashes in New York and the body of the dead pilot appears at a well attended sporting event to demand the cessation of atomic testing and Earth’s surrender to the aliens. The warning is repeated in California with the dead body of a car crash victim and as panicked news reports spread the threat, the United Nations convenes to discuss a course of action. When the U.N. declares they have no intention of giving in to the aliens, the attack on Earth begins with the aliens inhabiting the bodies of the dead to set off numerous calamities that result in fires, floods and devastation. As the destruction spreads, Adam is reappointed to the Atomic Commission and ordered to assist in defense planning. Air Force major Bruce Jay and John escort Adam and Phyllis to the safety of an underground bunker, designed to shield against atomic attacks. At the bunker, Bruce contacts General Stone, who informs them that the American government has gone into hiding for security purposes, as the aliens have refused to negotiate. Bruce reports that they have had to seal themselves in the bunker at the approach of several walking dead, because the invisible aliens give off high amounts of radioactivity. Despite John’s misgivings that he and Adam can help, the scientists begin compiling all the known data on the aliens’ behavior. Later, Stone notifies them that the aliens are not employing any special powers to wage their assault, but instead are using Earth’s own weapons against itself. Adam is invigorated by this information and decides to focus on making the aliens visible. Adam tells Bruce he needs one of the walking dead to experiment with and explains that he has devised a strong, quick-drying acrylic plastic that may be powerful enough to seal the alien inside the body it inhabits. Bruce then dons the bunker’s only radiation protection suit and, going outside, uses a spray gun filled with acrylic plastic on a walking dead, but the spray is too slow and the alien flees the body. The men regroup at the bunker and decide to lure a walking dead into a large pit filled with the acrylic liquid. With Bruce serving as bait to bring out more of the walking dead, the plan succeeds and Bruce and John return to the bunker with the alien encased in the acrylic. Placing the body in a special pressure chamber, the scientists shatter the acrylic shell but are disappointed when the alien quickly departs the body and threatens them over the radio system. Adam and John continue trying various tests with light to make the alien visible, without result. Meanwhile, John grows increasingly anxious as numerous walking dead attempt to break into the bunker and, panicking, attempts to escape. Bruce stops John, and when the ensuing fight inadvertently sets off numerous alarms, Adam notices a violent reaction from within the pressure chamber and surmises that sounds waves may affect the aliens. Bruce and Jay help Adam devise a sound gun, which, when turned on the alien, makes it flee its host body, become visible and die. The scientists try to contact Stone with their results, but realize the aliens are jamming the radio signal. Bruce suggests they use the alien’s jamming signal to locate their ship and, upon finding the location, Bruce exposes the ship and destroys it with the sound wave gun. Once the world is rid of the invisible invaders, the U.N. reconvenes and, to Adam’s relief, the various nations discuss continuing to work in harmony rather than against one another. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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