Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)

85 mins | Science fiction | 20 June 1959

Director:

Tom Graeff

Writer:

Tom Graeff

Producer:

Tom Graeff

Production Company:

Tom Graeff
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Tom Graeff's onscreen credit reads: "Written, Produced and Directed by Tom Graeff." In addition, the LAT review credits Graeff with editing, camera work and acting in the film, while the DV reviews states that he supervised all sound and music and created some special effects. Although Graeff is not credited under his own name in the cast, the text of the Var review indicates that he portrayed "Joe Rogers," which the Var review credits to Tom Lockyear. The print viewed was, apparently, a British release print, as it bore the statement "presented by Topaz Film Corp." Topaz was a British releasing company.
       In a scene set in an observatory preceding the opening credits, one astronomer reports to another that he has spotted a screw-shaped unidentified craft in the sky, but quickly dismisses it as an illusion. During the film, after David Love as "Derek" kills the gargon, voice-overs by various characters can be heard reminding him of pivotal incidents since he began his adventure on Earth. At the close of the film, after Derek causes the destruction of the invading aliens and himself, his voice can be heard making his vow to "Betty Morgan" that "I shall make the earth my home and I shall never never leave."
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Tom Graeff's onscreen credit reads: "Written, Produced and Directed by Tom Graeff." In addition, the LAT review credits Graeff with editing, camera work and acting in the film, while the DV reviews states that he supervised all sound and music and created some special effects. Although Graeff is not credited under his own name in the cast, the text of the Var review indicates that he portrayed "Joe Rogers," which the Var review credits to Tom Lockyear. The print viewed was, apparently, a British release print, as it bore the statement "presented by Topaz Film Corp." Topaz was a British releasing company.
       In a scene set in an observatory preceding the opening credits, one astronomer reports to another that he has spotted a screw-shaped unidentified craft in the sky, but quickly dismisses it as an illusion. During the film, after David Love as "Derek" kills the gargon, voice-overs by various characters can be heard reminding him of pivotal incidents since he began his adventure on Earth. At the close of the film, after Derek causes the destruction of the invading aliens and himself, his voice can be heard making his vow to "Betty Morgan" that "I shall make the earth my home and I shall never never leave."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Beverly Citizen News
25 Jun 1959
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Box Office
15 Jun 1959
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Daily Variety
2 Jun 1959
p. 3
Film Daily
2 Jun 1959
p. 6
Filmfacts
1959
p. 268
Hollywood Citizen News
30 Jun 1959
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 1959
p. 3
Los Angeles Times
26 Jun 1959
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Jun 1959
p. 293
Variety
3 Jun 1959
p. 6
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 June 1959
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Tom Graeff
20 June 1959
LP16499
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19248
SYNOPSIS

Extraterrestrial teenagers Derek, Thor, Moro, Saul and their captain land on Earth in a deserted desert to test whether the grazing land will sustain their main food source called gargons, lobster-like creatures which can grow into large vicious beasts. After the extraterrestrials find a dog, the insensitive Thor immediately kills it with his ray gun, which disintegrates the animal’s flesh while leaving the skeleton intact. When Derek finds the dog's tags, he reprimands the others for their cruelty. Through reading books forbidden on his planet, Derek has learned that his people were once caring families, not robot-like creatures raised in cubicles as they are now. When Derek, feeling empathy for the earthlings, orders the captain and the others to leave the planet and find an uninhabited place for the gargons, the captain grabs Derek's weapon and tells him that he has been brainwashed by the books. However, when the gargon that they have brought on their journey grows weak, the captain decides to search for a more suitable planet. After the captain declares that they will return to their planet first so that Derek can be tried for treason, Derek flees. In Derek's absence, the captain informs the others that Derek is unaware that he is the son of their leader and therefore will be pardoned for his crime. When the gargon suddenly recovers and grows exponentially, the extraterrestrials secure the creature in a nearby cave, with plans to return later to monitor its growth rate. They then blast off for home, leaving Thor behind to find Derek. Meanwhile, Derek runs to a nearby town and shows a gas station attendant the dog tag, which has an address on ...

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Extraterrestrial teenagers Derek, Thor, Moro, Saul and their captain land on Earth in a deserted desert to test whether the grazing land will sustain their main food source called gargons, lobster-like creatures which can grow into large vicious beasts. After the extraterrestrials find a dog, the insensitive Thor immediately kills it with his ray gun, which disintegrates the animal’s flesh while leaving the skeleton intact. When Derek finds the dog's tags, he reprimands the others for their cruelty. Through reading books forbidden on his planet, Derek has learned that his people were once caring families, not robot-like creatures raised in cubicles as they are now. When Derek, feeling empathy for the earthlings, orders the captain and the others to leave the planet and find an uninhabited place for the gargons, the captain grabs Derek's weapon and tells him that he has been brainwashed by the books. However, when the gargon that they have brought on their journey grows weak, the captain decides to search for a more suitable planet. After the captain declares that they will return to their planet first so that Derek can be tried for treason, Derek flees. In Derek's absence, the captain informs the others that Derek is unaware that he is the son of their leader and therefore will be pardoned for his crime. When the gargon suddenly recovers and grows exponentially, the extraterrestrials secure the creature in a nearby cave, with plans to return later to monitor its growth rate. They then blast off for home, leaving Thor behind to find Derek. Meanwhile, Derek runs to a nearby town and shows a gas station attendant the dog tag, which has an address on it. The attendant points him in the direction of a house, where Betty Morgan and her easygoing grandpa offer him the room they have for rent and lend him clothes to change out of his strange uniform. Meanwhile, Thor gets a ride into town from a stranger, who stops at the same station. When the attendant recognizes Thor's uniform as similar to Derek's, Thor badgers him for Derek’s location, then kills the attendant and driver. Meanwhile at the Morgan house, Betty's erstwhile boyfriend and local reporter Joe Rogers cancels their date to go swimming at their friend Alice's, explaining that he is covering a UFO story. Betty instead invites Derek to Alice’s, where Derek shows Betty the dog tag and explains that he knew the men who killed her pet. Betty then asks to be taken to the dog’s remains. Meanwhile, Thor arrives at the Morgan house where Grandpa, believing he is Derek's friend, directs him to Alice's. Thor then kills Alice with his ray gun, disintegrating her flesh and leaving her bones in the pool. Meanwhile, when Derek tries to explain the advanced weaponry that disintegrates flesh, Betty, unable to comprehend, suggests they visit college professor Simpson. Smitten with the earthling, Derek worries that when Betty discovers that he is an extraterrestrial she will feel differently about him, but Betty reassures him that she trusts him. When they return to the Morgan house, Betty writes the sleeping Grandpa a note before leaving for Simpson's office. Soon after, Thor returns to the house, where Grandpa, still unaware of Thor's violent behavior, explains that Betty and Derek went to the college. Thor reaches Simpson first and kills him. When Derek and Betty discover his skeleton, they realize that Grandpa told Thor where they were going. Fearing Thor will kill Grandpa, Betty calls and asks him to meet them at the city hall. As Grandpa is about to leave, Thor arrives at the house and forces Grandpa to drive to city hall, where he kills several officers with his ray gun. Wounded in the crossfire, Thor hides in Betty's car, forcing Derek and Betty at gunpoint to drive him to Dr. Brandt’s office to remove the bullets. During the operation, Thor reveals that their people are returning with more gargons and then, to Derek’s surprise, states that Derek is their leader's son. Thor then loses consciousness, thus allowing Derek, Betty and Dr. Brandt to escape. Soon after, the doctor’s nurse, Miss Morse, arrives at the office and, unaware of the situation, gives the unconscious Thor an injection to revive him. When Thor awakens, he forces Miss Morse to take him to the cave. Meanwhile, Joe takes Officer Mack to the dog’s remains, and when the policeman enters the cave, he is killed by the growing gargon. Upon reaching the cave, Miss Morse refuses to drive Thor close enough to kill Joe, prompting the alien to knock her unconscious and commandeer her car. As Thor pursues Joe in the nurse’s car, Miss Morse revives and jumps from the car just as Thor loses consciousness from his wounds and crashes over a cliff. After capturing Thor, the officers find the cave empty and begin a ground search for the creature. While looking for Thor’s missing ray gun at the crash site, Betty and Derek accidentally fall into each other's arms and Derek explains that he is not from this planet. Saddened that his people are genetically engineered like livestock, Derek vows to make Earth his home and kisses Betty. Suddenly, the gigantic gargon rears up from behind a hill to destroy them just as Derek finds the damaged ray gun and flees with Betty. After determining that the gun needs to be charged by an alternate energy source, Derek and Betty find the monster, connect the gun to nearby power lines and kill the beast. Leaving Betty behind, Derek drives to the Morgan house, where he finds Joe. After changing into his uniform, Derek holds Joe at gunpoint and demands to be taken to Thor. Using the ray gun, Derek frees Thor and states that alien ships have spotted nearby and he wants to return home with them. Despite Derek's change in behavior, Betty believes he will keep his promise to make Earth his home and goes with Grandpa to the cave, where hundreds of spaceships hover over the Earth. Derek’s father is the first to land and quickly forgives his son for abandoning the mission. Derek then promises to return to their planet to prevent other mistakes and offers to guide the other ships in for landing. Believing that if their leader is eliminated, the remaining people on his planet might start a revolution, Derek takes action. Entering his father's ship alone, Derek misdirects the remaining fleet, causing them to crash to the ground, destroying all the ships, his father and himself and consequently keeping his promise to Betty: to make Earth his home.



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