INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (PG)
D: Don Siegel
Allied Artists (Walter Wanger)
W: Geoffrey Homes [based on the novel "The Body Snatchers" by
DP: Ellsworth Fredricks
Ed: Robert S. Eisen
Mus: Carmen Dragon
PD: Joseph Kish
Kevin McCarthy (Dr. Miles Bennell), Dana Wynter (Becky
Driscoll), Larry Gates (Dr. Dan Kauffman), King Donovan (Jack Belicec), Carolyn Jones (Teddy Belicec)
Strange things are happening in a small Californian town as
the people's behaviour is changing, wives don't recognise their husbands and vice versa, and the town's doctor discovers the cause is mysterious alien pods which is producing perfect
doppelgängers of them and assimilating the original.
This 1950's B-movie perfectly captures the communist paranoia
at the time of it's release as well as working as a straight up Sci-Fi invasion flick.
sequel/remake followed in 1978, followed by countless clones and copycats, but for many, this original is by far the better film, completely iconic, with a realistic, paranoid atmosphere in every