When Worlds Collide Overview:

When Worlds Collide (1951) was a Science Fiction - Adventure Film directed by Rudolph Mat? and produced by Cecil B. DeMille and George Pal.

SYNOPSIS

A Pal-produced, special-effects and science-fiction feast has a rogue planet hurtling through space toward Earth. Only a rich industrialist takes action, commissioning a spaceship to carry him to a new world. But who will be among the 40 allowed onboard? The craft rises just as tidal waves wipe out New York and the planet begins to break up.

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Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyJohn F. Seitz, W. Howard GreeneNominated
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The Midnite Drive-In and MovieMovieBlogBlog are cheerfully hosting The End of the World Blogathon running from March 30th to April 1st. After that...who knows? Click HERE if you dare. George Pal (1908-1980) The creative mind and artistic talent of George Pal gave us the Oscar-winning Puppet... Read full article


THE END OF THE WORLD BLOGATHON: When Worlds Collide (1951)

on Mar 30, 2018 From Caftan Woman

The Midnite Drive-In and MovieMovieBlogBlog are cheerfully hosting The End of the World Blogathon running from March 30th to April 1st. After that...who knows? Click HERE if you dare. George Pal (1908-1980) The creative mind and artistic talent of George Pal gave us the Oscar-winning Puppeto... Read full article


When Worlds Collide (1951)

By Beatrice on Aug 25, 2015 From Flickers in Time

When Worlds Collide Directed by Rudolph Mat? Written by Sydney Boehm from a novel by Edwin Balmer and Philip wylie 1951/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Amazon Instant I was looking forward to this for the special effects. ?Unfortunately I did not find them convincing even for the period. As ... Read full article


The Criminal Code (1931) and Convicted (1950): When Worlds Collide

By shadowsandsatin on Jul 17, 2011 From Shadows and Satin

Every now and then, the worlds of Pre-Code and film noir have more in common than we might think. The films The Criminal Code and Convicted are a prime example. Here?s more about these two features: The 1950 film noir Convicted, starring Glenn Ford as a brokerage-firm worker imprisoned after acciden... Read full article


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Quotes from

Joyce Hendron: He'll be home the day after tomorrow.


David Randall: Here it is: money to burn!


David Randall: [breathing in] Best air I ever tasted.


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Facts about

First film of Rachel Ames (as Judith Ames).
In the final shot we see the Ark passengers disembarking with an obvious painted background depicting Zyra. This bad painting was tacked on for the film's sneak previews. Originally, producer George Pal wanted to depict Zyra as a miniature set, but Paramount shipped the film out before this could be done.
The rights to the story by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer were originally bought in 1933 by Paramount, when director 'Cecil B. deMille' was planning a related project called "The End of the World." DeMille had hoped to rush the project into production after filming wrapped on This Day and Age, but the script was never even written and the studio scrapped the project.
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