Film (1951). Paramount. Dir Rudolph Mate, starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, John Hoyt, Larry Keating. Screenplay Sydney Boehm, based on When Worlds Collide (1933) by Philip WYLIE and Edwin BALMER. 83 mins. Colour.
   WWC, which helped spark the 1950s sf-movie boom, was George PAL's 2nd sf production, made after his DESTINATION MOON. 2 wandering planets are approaching Earth; US scientists calculate (though a disbelieving world, led by philistine UK scientists, rejects their conclusions) that the first will pass close by, creating tidal waves and earthquakes, and the second will annihilate Earth by direct impact; only the construction of a space ark (like Noah's) will save a handful of survivors. The spacecraft (launched on an upwards slanting railway line) carries 40 people to one of the two planets, Zyra, which is habitable. A routine love interest, and melodrama about who gets on the ark and who does not, leaves the single-minded thrust of the film surprisingly undamaged; it continues to grip. A low budget meant that the first near-miss sequence was montaged largely (and effectively) from stock shots - though the liners famously afloat in city streets in 2 brief shots are new; Earth's final death is over in an eye-blink, and the new planet is obviously a bright green painting (by Chesley BONESTELL). The religious subtext - Earth wiped out for its sins, and new Adams and Eves in a new Eden - is presented with no great moral conviction.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • When Worlds Collide — infobox Book | name = When Worlds Collide title orig = translator = image caption = First edition published by Frederick A. Stokes author = Philip Wylie Edwin Balmer cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre =… …   Wikipedia

  • When Worlds Collide — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Der jüngste Tag Originaltitel: When Worlds Collide Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 1951 Länge: 81 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • When Worlds Collide — Le Choc des mondes Le Choc des Mondes (When Worlds Collide) est un roman de science fiction co écrit par Philip Gordon Wylie et Edwin Balmer, et publié en 1933. Sommaire 1 Intrigue 2 Après le choc des mondes 3 Adaptations …   Wikipédia en Français

  • When Worlds Collide (film) — Infobox Film name = When Worlds Collide caption = Theatrical release poster imdb id = 0044207 amg id = 1:54165 director = Rudolph Maté writer = Edwin Balmer (novel) Philip Wylie (novel) Sydney Boehm starring = Richard Derr Barbara Rush Peter… …   Wikipedia

  • When Worlds Collide (song) — Single infobox Name = When Worlds Collide Artist = Powerman 5000 from Album = Tonight the Stars Revolt! Released = 1999 Format = CD Genre = Industrial metal Length = 4:27 Label = DreamWorks Writer = Last single = Organized (1998) This single =… …   Wikipedia

  • When Worlds Collide (film, 1951) — Le Choc des mondes (film, 1951) Le Choc des mondes (When Worlds Collide) est un film américain réalisé par Rudolph Maté, sorti en 1951. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • When Worlds Collide (wrestling) — Infobox Wrestling event name=When Worlds Collide promotion=Asistencia Asesoría y Administración date=November 6, 1994cite news|title=Historical Cards|work=PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts|publisher=Kappa Publications|id=2007 …   Wikipedia

  • When Worlds Collide (Maroon album) — Infobox Album | http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/17/Mar sbs.jpg Name = When Worlds Collide Type = Album Artist = Maroon Released = April 18, 2006 Genre = Metalcore Label = Century Media Producer = Reviews = Last album = This album =… …   Wikipedia

  • When Worlds Collide (Thin White Rope album) — Infobox Album | Name = When Worlds Collide Type = Album Artist = Thin White Rope Released = 1994 Genre = Rock Length = 73:07 Label = Frontier Producers = Various When Worlds Collide is a 1994 compilation album by Thin White Rope. Intended as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Worlds Collide (disambiguation) — Worlds Collide or When Worlds Collide may refer to:Books, movies, and television* When Worlds Collide , a 1932 science fiction novel * After Worlds Collide , a 1934 sequel to the 1932 novel * When Worlds Collide (film), a 1951 film adaptation of… …   Wikipedia

  • Worlds Collide (comics) — Supercbbox| title=Worlds Collide comic color=background:#8080ff caption= Worlds Collide #1, artist Mark D. Bright schedule= monthly format= one shot publisher=DC Comics date= July 1994 issues= 1 past current color=background:#ff9275 main char… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.