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Friday, May 28, 2021

Them! (1954)

A little girl (Sandy Descher) is found wandering in shock in the New Mexico desert by two cops (James Whitmore, Christian Drake). When mysterious prints are found in the area, a father (Edmund Gwenn) and daughter (Joan Weldon) team of scientists are flown in by the FBI. Directed by Gordon Douglas (TONY ROME), this is the best of the science fiction giant insect movies that proliferated in the 1950s. It's got decent production values, a relatively intelligent script (considering the subject matter) and Oscar nominated special effects. Originally intended to be filmed in 3D and color, the muted B&W lensing of Sidney Hickox (WHITE HEAT) renders the film more effective I think. The giant ants would only look less believable in Technicolor. With Fess Parker, James Arness, John Beradino, Ann Doran and Dub Taylor.

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