War of the Worlds

1953

Byron Haskin
Director
Paramount
Production Company

A meteor is investigated by some vacationing scientists. But the "meteor" isn't ... instead it heralds a mightly invasion fleet from Mars.

One of the handful of truly great classic science fiction films modernized and transplanted from H.G. Wells fantastic novel. Astonishing special effects which are only now beginning to pall besides their modern day successors and glorious unsurpassed sound effects.
Spoiled somewhat by lethargic performances from the leads and the heroine-will-twist-her-ankle mentality of the time. Mr. Spielberg has remade the thing to frankly lesser effect.

Ann Robinson gives valuable insight on the DVD commentary track.



26th August 1953
Cinema






3rd September 1953
BBFC Certified



85 mins



1st November 2005
DVD



85 mins
1.33:1



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Gene Barry
Clayton Forrester
Ann Robinson
Sylvia Van Buren
Les Tremayne
General Mann
Robert Cornthwaite
Dr. Pryor
Sandro Giglio
Dr. Bilderbeck
Lewis Martin
Pastor Matthew Collins
Houseley Stevenson Jr.
Aide to General Mann
Paul Frees
Radio announcer
William Phipps
Wash Perry
Vernon Rich
Col. Ralph Heffner
Henry Brandon
Cop
Jack Kruschen
Salvatore
Cedric Hardwicke
Commentary
Peter Adams
Pine Summit Fire Watcher
Paul Birch
Alonzo Hogue
Ralph Dumke
Buck Monahan
Frank Kreig
Fiddler Hawkins
Alvy Moore
Zippy
Walter Sande
Sheriff Bogany
Edgar Barrier
Prof. McPherson
Russ Bender
Dr. Carmichael
Ann Codee
Dr. DuPree
Alex Frazer
Dr. James
Ivan Lebedeff
Dr. Gratzman
Vittorio Cramer
First Radio Reporter
Jerry James
Reporter
Lee Miller
Reporter
Walter Richards
Reporter
Morton C. Thompson
Reporter
Edward Wahrman
Cameraman
Joel Marston
MP in Jeep
Anthony Warde
Military Police Driver
Eric Alden
Man
Hugh Allen
Brigadier General
Ruth Barnell
Mother
Hazel Boyne
Screaming Woman
Tony Butala
One of 3 Boys in Final Church Scene
Mushy Callahan
Burning Soldier at Pit
Edward Colmans
Spanish Priest
James Conaty
Man at Pacific Institute of Science and Technology
Russ Conway
Rev. Bethany
Martin Coulter
Marine Sergeant
Pierre Cressoy
Man
Jim Davies
Marine Commanding Officer
Helen Dickson
Woman in Church
Jimmie Dundee
Civil Defense Official
Al Ferguson
Police Chief
Dick Fortune
Marine Captain
Charles Gemora
Martian
Nancy Hale
Young Wife
Virginia Hall
Girl
Ted Hecht
KGEB Reporter
Douglas Henderson
Staff Sergeant
Gertrude Hoffman
Elderly Woman News Vendor
Patricia Iannone
Girl
Carolyn Jones
Blonde
Don Kohler
Colonel
Freeman Lusk
Secretary of Defense
Herbert Lytton
Chief of Staff
George Magrill
Traffic Cop
Mike Mahoney
Young Man
John Mansfield
Man
Sydney Mason
Fire Chief, Crew #3
John Maxwell
Doctor
Mathew McCue
Man in Church
David McMahon
Minister, First Church
Bill Meader
P.E. Official
Ralph Montgomery
Los Angeles Red Cross official
Bob Morgan
Injured Civil Defense Worker
Stanley Orr
Marine Major
George Pal
Bum#1 listening to radio
Robert Rockwell
Forest Ranger at Crash Site
James Seay
Air Force Bomber Pilot
Cora Shannon
Old Woman
Teru Shimada
Japanese Diplomat
Bobby Somers
Deputy at Crash Site
Bert Stevens
Man in Church
Charles Stewart
Marine Captain
Gus Taillon
Elderly Man
Dorothy Vernon
Elderly Woman
Waldon Williams
Boy
Bud Wolfe
Rescuing Civil Defense Worker
Fred Zendar
Marine Lieutenant
Ned Glass
Well-Dressed Looter
Fred Graham
Looter
Joe Gray
Looter
David Sharpe
Looter
Jack Stoney
Looter
Dale Van Sickel
Looter
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Band member
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Band member
Cliff Clark
Australian Policeman (scenes deleted)
Rudy Lee
Boy (scenes deleted)