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When Worlds Collide Details

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First published in 1932, Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's speculative novel When Worlds Collide was immediately purchased by Paramount as a possible project for director Cecil B. DeMille. But because none of Paramount's scriptwriters were able to come up with an adequate screen treatment, the property lay on the shelf until 1950, when producer George Pal was casting about for a follow-up to his successful sci-fier Destination Moon. Though the film was top-heavy with special effects, Pal was able to bring When Worlds Collide in for under a million dollars, thanks to an inexpensive cast and a heavy reliance upon stock footage. The story is set in motion when Dr. Cole Henderson (Larry Keating) announces that a extraterrestrial planet is on a collision course with the Earth. No one believes Henderson's story, save for crippled financier Stanton (John Hoyt), who finances the construction of a gigantic spaceship, built for the purpose of transporting selected survivors from the doomed Earth to another Earthlike planet. As it becomes obvious that Henderson's predictions will come true, a worldwide lottery is held to select those people who will be rescued from oblivion by Stanton's spaceship. In the climactic scenes, the worlds do indeed collide, with appropriately spectacular results. But will the spaceship, overloaded with humanity, be able to take off and seek out a Brave New World? Amidst the thrills, a romantic triangle emerges, involving Richard Derr, Barbara Rush and Peter Hanson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences W. Howard Greene Best Color Cinematography 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John F. Seitz Best Color Cinematography 1951 Nominee

Cast

Richard Derr
as Dave Randall
Barbara Rush
as Joyce Hendron
John Hoyt
as Sydney Stanton
Larry Keating
as Dr. Cole Hendron
Judith Ames
as Julie Cummings
Frank Cady
as Harold Ferris
Hayden Rorke
as Dr. Emery Bronson
Sandro Giglio
as Dr. Ottinger
Mary Murphy
as Student
Stuart Whitman
as Student
Freeman Lusk
as Rudolph Marston
Gene Collins
as Newsdealer
Paul H. Frees
as Narrator
Charmienne Harker
Estelle Etterre
as Traveler
William Meader
as Clerk
Gertrude Astor
as Traveler
John Ridgely
as Chief Airport Inspector
Leonard Mudie
as British UN Representative
Queenie Smith
as Matron with Cigarette
Ramsay Hill
as Frenchman
Robert Sully
Rudy Lee
as Mike
Sam Finn
as Traveler
Harry Stanton
as Dr. Zenta
Hassan Khayyam
as Indian Chairman
James Congdon
as Eddie Garson
James Seay
as Donovan, Reporter at Airport
Joseph Mell
as Glen Spiro

Crew

Rudolph Maté
Director
George Pal
Producer
Philip Wylie
Book Author
Sydney Boehm
Screenwriter
Edwin Balmer
Book Author
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
W. Howard Greene
Cinematographer
Leith Stevens
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Ross Dowd
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gene Merritt
Sound/Sound Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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