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Invaders from Mars (1953) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by William Cameron Menzies and produced by Edward L. Alperson.

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Double Take: Invaders from Mars

By Barry P. on Nov 13, 2016 From Cinematic Catharsis

Invaders from Mars (1953) Directed by: William Cameron Menzies; Written by Richard Blake; Starring: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson and Hillary Brooke Available on DVD Rating: **** Invaders from Mars (1986) Directed by: Tobe Hooper; Written by Dan O&#... Read full article


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Controversy and dispute surrounds the history of the movie. According to recent interviews, John F. Seitz, the cinematographer, confirmed that the film was planned in great detail to be filmed in 3D but that the last minute it was discovered that no camera was available. Nonetheless, it is claimed that all of the sets were constructed at Republic Studios to be shot in 3D and that the artificial separation of set elements is confirmation of this design intention. Meanwhile, the only documentary evidence for a 3D production is a claimed newspaper advertisement placed by the producers (not the studio) while the film was in pre-production, and no official records are known to exist to throw further light onto the matter.
The tune playing as shots of tanks and trucks of infantry leave to attack the invaders is the official song of the U.S. Army ("The Army Goes Rolling Along"). This is based on the song "U.S. Field Artillery March" (also known as "The Caisson Song") by Edmund L. Gruber and John Philip Sousa (1917). It was adopted by the U.S. Army as its official song in 1956.
Among the cost-cutting measures made during filming was the elimination of Cricket, David's dog. The use of animals during filming almost always takes more time, and therefore more money, a luxury that director William Cameron Menzies didn't have.
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