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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)

After the first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash lands off the coast of Sicily on its return home, debris reaches the coastline where a small boy (Bart Braverman) discovers a cylinder containing a gelatinous mass. The boy sells the mass to a doctor (Frank Puglia) who discovers the mass contains a creature from Venus ..... and he's rapidly growing! Directed by Nathan Juran (7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD), the primary reason for watching this film is Ray Harryhausen's Venusian creature, a marvel that is one of his very best creations. The film itself is a rather dull concoction when the creature isn't around, the humans are a dreary bunch. I found the Venusian visitor very sympathetic. He didn't ask to be removed from his planet and taken to Earth where he's put in a cage then drugged so he can be studied and eventually hunted down and killed. With William Hopper, Joan Taylor and Thomas Browne Henry.

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