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Them! Details

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A little girl is found wandering in the desert, in a state of complete shock. When she finally revives, she can scream out only one word: "Them!" Any aficionado of 1950s horror films can readily tell you that "Them" are giant ants, a byproduct of the radiation attending the atomic bomb tests of the era. Extremely well organized, these deadly eight-to-twenty-foot mutations converge on the storm drains of Los Angeles in the finale. Forming a united front against the oncoming ant battalions are New Mexico police sergeant [[Performer~P76027~James Whitmore~jameswhitmore]], FBI representative [[Performer~P2331~James Arness~jamesarness]], and father-and-daughter entomologists [[Performer~P29391~Edmund Gwenn~edmundgwenn]] and Joan Weldon. Since the details of [[Feature~V159358~Them~ils]] are fairly common knowledge today, the mystery-thriller structure of the film's first half tends to drag a bit. Things liven up considerably during the search-and-destroy final reels, as the audience is barraged with convincing special effects and miniature work-not to mention that eerie ant-induced sound effect, so often imitated by subsequent lesser films. Fess Parker appears in a starmaking cameo as a pilot driven to the booby hatch after witnessing the ants in action, while an uncredited [[Performer~P104553~Leonard Nimoy~leonardnimoy]] is seen pulling info out of IBM machine. Definitely the high point in the careers of director [[Performer~P88129~Gordon Douglas~gordonmdouglas]] and scenarists Ted Sherdeman and [[Performer~P117573~George Worthing Yates~georgeworthingyates]], [[Feature~V159358~Them~ils]] is also one of the handful of vintage science-fiction thrillers that holds up as well today as it did when first released. (Sidebar: Though filmed in black-and-white, [[Feature~V159358~Them~ils]] is alleged to have been released with a Technicolor opening title, the word THEM! hurtling towards the audience in a vibrant red). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 16, 1954

Cast

James Whitmore
as Sgt. Ben Peterson
Edmund Gwenn
as Dr. Harold Medford
Joan Weldon
as Dr. Patricia Medford
James Arness
as Robert Graham
Onslow Stevens
as Brig. Gen. O'Brien
Sean McClory
as Maj. Kibbee
Sandy Descher
as Little Girl
Don Shelton
as Captain of Troopers
Fess Parker
as Crotty
Olin Howland
as Jensen
Warren Mace
as Radio Operator
Booth Colman
as Reporter
Douglas Spencer
as Reporter
Eddie Dew
Richard Bellis
as Mike
Dean Cromer
as M.P. Sergeant
Willis B. Bouchey
John Close
as Pilot
Janet Stewart
as WAVE
Cliff Ferre
as Lab Man
Gayle Kellogg
as Gunner
Charles Meredith
Russell Gaige
as Coroner
Chad Mallory
as Loader
Walter Coy
Richard Deacon
Ann Doran
as Psychiatrist
Otis Garth
as Admiral
Jack Perrin
as Army Officer
Roydon E. Clark
as Jeep Driver
Lawrence Dobkin
as Engineer
Dub Taylor
as Watchman
Harry Tyler
Marshall Bradford
William Schallert
as Ambulance Attendant
Leonard Nimoy
as Sergeant
Dorothy Green
as Matron
Dick Wessel
as Cop

Crew

David Weisbart
Producer
George Worthing Yates
Screen Story
Ted Sherdeman
Screenwriter
Sidney Hickox
Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Stanley Fleischer
Art Director
Gustav Bernsten
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Moss Mabry
Costume Designer
Ralph Ayres
Special Effects
Gordon Bau
Makeup
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