Them!

Them!

James Whitmore
Director: Gordon M. Douglas Cast: James Whitmore
James Whitmore
, Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
, Joan Weldon
Joan Weldon
Gordon M. Douglas

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Overview

Unlike most of the "giant bugs" sci-fi programmers of the 1950s, which are good for little more than a campy laugh today, Them! remains a compelling and entertaining thriller with an unusually intelligent script, strong performances from a fine cast, and tense, well-paced direction that knows how to play this material seriously. While the special effects technology is not especially impressive by today's standards, watch Them! after such anti-classics as Beginning of the End or Earth vs. the Spider and you'll realize how striking this film's giant ants must have looked in 1954. More important, Them! generates a palpable tension from the start, never overplaying its hand as it gradually develops the unreality of the mutated insects, well after establishing that a real and deadly menace is terrorizing the desert. James Arness and James Whitmore are capable and credible lawmen, Edmund Gwenn keeps his "lovable" eccentricities to a minimum as Dr. Medford, and the charming but all-business Joan Weldon lifts her character above the usual sci-fi token woman. Fess Parker and Dub Taylor make the most of their bit parts, and, if you keep an eye peeled, you'll notice Leonard Nimoy using the teletype machine. Them! blends the lean and efficient construction of a B-picture with the craft that studios usually reserved for more expensive efforts, and the result is one of the best sci-fi films of its era.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2015
UPC: 0883929458837
Original Release: 1954
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 12,426

Special Features

Behing-the-scenes archive footage montage on the design and operation of giant ants; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Whitmore Sgt. Ben Peterson
Edmund Gwenn Dr. Harold Medford
Joan Weldon Dr. Patricia Medford
James Arness Robert Graham
Onslow Stevens Brig. Gen. O'Brien
Sean McClory Maj. Kibbee
Chris Drake Officer Ed Blackburn
Sandy Descher Little Girl
Don Shelton Captain of Troopers
Fess Parker Crotty
Olin Howland Jensen
Richard Bellis Mike
John Beradino Ryan
Robert Berger Sutton
Willis B. Bouchey Actor
Walden Boyle Doctor
Marshall Bradford Actor
Alexander Campbell Official
James B. Cardwell Officer
Roydon E. Clark Jeep Driver
John Close Pilot
Booth Colman Reporter
Walter Coy Actor
Richard Deacon Actor
Eddie Dew Actor
Lawrence Dobkin Engineer
Ann Doran Psychiatrist
Cliff Ferre Lab Man
Norman Field General
Frederick J. Foote Dixon
Joe Forte Coroner Putnam
Russell Gaige Coroner
Dorothy Green Matron
Mary Ellen Hokanson Mrs. Lodge
Gayle Kellogg Gunner
Hubie Kerns Actor
John Maxwell Dr. Grant
Charles Meredith Actor
Jack Perrin Army Officer
Charles Perry Soldier
Victor Sutherland Senator
Harry Tyler Actor
Dick Wessel Cop
Joel Smith Ben's Driver
Otis Garth Admiral
Janet Stewart WAVE
Dean Cromer M.P. Sergeant
Chad Mallory Loader
Warren Mace Radio Operator
Leonard Nimoy Sergeant
William Schallert Ambulance Attendant
Dub Taylor Watchman
Ken Smith Actor
Harry Wilson Actor
Douglas Spencer Reporter

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Ralph Ayres Special Effects
Gordon Bau Makeup
Gustav Bernsten Set Decoration/Design
G.W. Berntsen Set Decoration/Design
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Russell S. Hughes Screenwriter
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Reilly Editor
Russ Saunders Asst. Director
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer,Special Effects
Ted Sherdeman Screenwriter
David Weisbart Producer
George Worthing Yates Original Story

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