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The War of the Worlds (1953) was a Action - Horror Film directed by Byron Haskin and produced by Cecil B. DeMille and George Pal.

The film was based on the novel War of the Worlds written by H. G. Wells published in 1898.

The War of the Worlds was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2011.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Film EditingEverett DouglasNominated
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1001 Classic Movies: The War of the Worlds (1953)

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 13, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

The War of the Worlds (1953) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. This science fiction classic shows a Martian army (the creature in the photo) destroying downtown Los Angeles. Each week, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series ... Read full article


George Pal's Production of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds

By Rick29 on Jun 26, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Martian machines and their force fields. H.G. Wells purists may quibble with George Pal's 1953 production of The War of the Worlds. True enough, little remains of the novel's original plot. However, Pal and director Byron Haskin successfully balance the large-scale scope of the Earth's desperat... Read full article


George Pal's Production of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds

By Rick29 on Jun 26, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Martian machines and their force fields. H.G. Wells purists may quibble with George Pal's 1953 production of The War of the Worlds. True enough, little remains of the novel's original plot. However, Pal and director Byron Haskin successfully balance the large-scale scope of the Earth's desperat... Read full article


Now on Netflix: The War of the Worlds

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 7, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

The groundbreaking science fiction classic The War of the Worlds is now available for streaming on Netflix. Director: Byron Haskin. Stars: Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The plot: Martians invade a small town in California before beginning their invasion of earth. The bottom line: Produce... Read full article


The War of the Worlds (1953) with Gene Barry

By Greg Orypeck on Jan 8, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! ?If they?re mortal, they must have mortal weaknesses. They?ll be stopped, somehow.???Gene Barry The original version of The War of the Worlds was a product of the horror/science fiction films of the 1950s following World War II and expressing latent fears of the hydrogen bomb and Russi... Read full article


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Commentary: [voiceover] The Martians had no resistance to the bacteria in our atmosphere to which we have long since become immune. Once they had breathed our air, germs, which no longer affect us, began to kill them. The end came swiftly. All over the world, their machines began to stop and fall. After all that men could do had failed, the Martians were destroyed and humanity was saved by the littlest things, which God, in His wisdom, had put upon this Earth.


Commentary: No one would have believed in the middle of the 20th Century that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than Man's. Yet, across the gulf of space on the planet Mars, intellects vast and cool and unsypathetic regarded our Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely joined their plans against us. Mars is more than 140 million miles from the sun, and for centuries has been in the last status of exhaustion. At night, temperatures drop far below zero even at its equator. Inhabitants of this dying planet looked across space with instruments and intelligences that which we have scarcely dreamed, searching for another world to which they could migrate.


Dr. James: If you're interested in Martian blood, you can get all you want right after the plane drops the bomb.


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Cecil B. DeMille was due to direct the film when the rights were originally purchased in 1925, and Alfred Hitchcock was to direct a proposed version in the 1930s.
In an apparent homage to the famous Orson Welles's radio broadcast, when the hatch of the Martian machine begins to unscrew, the same technique, a metal lid being turned on a glass jar, was used to create the sound effect.
The estate of H.G. Wells was so pleased with the final production that they offered George Pal his choice of any other Wells' property. Pal chose The Time Machine.
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The War of the Worlds

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