The Thing from Another World (1951) - full transcript

Scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out!

Hi, Eddie.

Hiya, Scotty.
Cold enough for you?

Oh, I'm only faintly alive.
It's 25 below.

You know everybody?

We haven't met.

- I'll.
- Ned Scott, Captain Hendry.

Scotty just
Got in today.

Hi. Care to join us?

Wait till I count my fingers.
I may have lost one.

A warm weather man.

We met at Accra.

Quite a spot--
105 in the shade,

The women hardly
Wore anything at all.

Which was very intelligent of

Lie there in a hammock while 3
Of them stand there fanning you.

- Remember, Scotty?
- I remember.

Oh, boy, when I die,
I hope I go to Accra.

- I was there.
- I'm in.

What are you
Doing here, Mr. Scott?

For a story.

a newspaperman.

- How many?

- Cards?
- I'll play these.

Caught from ambush.


I'll bet a buck.

And I'll fold.


- Pair of Queens.
- I thought so... Aces.

Ought to know better than
Try fooling our captain.

Only dames can do that.

- Lieutenant dykes, I promised--
- Slip of the tongue.

What do you hear from
The General?

General Fogarty. He's nursing
His secrets like a June bride.

I got an Idea.
There's a guy in Seattle knows

The whole radar defense story.
Loves to talk-- general McLaren.

You tell general Fogarty
You wanna go to Seattle.

Pat and I will fly you there.

I met
General McLaren too.

It's warm in Seattle.
They got girls there.

Without fur pants on.

- what about it, Captain?
- they could be right.

You'll never be able to shoo
Our captain southward

With his heart wrapped
Around the north pole.

- that will do--
- what's going on up there?

Some scientists are holding
A convention up there.

Looking for polar bear tales.

Ever hear of
Dr. Carrington?

- The fellow who was at Bikini?
- The same.

They're about 2,000
Miles north of here--

Physicists, electronic--

a pin-up girl.

- Very interesting Type, too.
- Very.

Captain Hendry can give you
Any data you want on her.

You shouldn't
Have said that.

Now, look...

Someday I hope to have
A navigator and a copilot

Who are at least
Dry behind the ears.

- oh, captain.
- you mail-order--

captain Hendry,

report to general Fogarty's
Quarters at once please.

8:00 at night, and the general
Yelling for his troops.

Sounds like
The old days.

- take my hand, Will you?
- yeah.

Hey, captain, if it
Amounts to anything,

- bring me in on it, Will
you, please"? - sure.

I got to get
A story someplace.

Come in!

Close the door.

Yes, sir.

Good evening, sir.

Didn't take you long
To get here.

Not many places
To hide.

Got a queer message from
Your picnic party up north,

From Dr. Carrington himself.

"Believe an airplane unusual
Type crashed in our vicinity.

Please send facilities
To investigate. Most urgent."

What do you suppose
You'd find up there,

A good-looking girl"?

I don't know, sir.

- any ships missing?
- no.

- no Canadians, either.
- could be Russians.

They're all over
The pole like flies.

- you're going.
- yes, sir.

Take a dog team or anything
You need for rescue.

Come in.

Close the door!

But do you suppose the pentagon
Could send us a revolving door?

Could be, sir. We got
10 pith helmets last week.

- weather report, Sir.
- okay, that's all.

Tell the O.D. If more messages
Come in from Dr. Carrington,

I wanna be notified
Personally no matter the time.

Well, here's your weather.
A front's moving in,

But you ought to make it back
Without bumping into it.

General, that
Newspaperman Scott--

- yeah, what about him?
- he'd like to go With us.

It's alright
If you maroon him up there.

Don't get me wrong
About who gets marooned.

And I'd appreciate it if you
Didn't smash anything this time.

That was
An unavoidable accident.

Well, look, I'll expect you
Back sometime tomorrow night.

Yes, sir.
I'll close the door.

Just tell me
What you find up there.

No one tells me
Anything around here.

Want some coffee?

- hey, thanks.
- here you are, sir.

Mr. Scott... Coffee.

Are we there?

No, sir. Hot coffee
Up front, sir.


Lieutenant? Coffee, sir.

Thank you,


Yeah, thanks.

How far are we
From camp?

3 hours. We've slowed down.
A little Headwind.

A little headwind?
Close to 40 miles.

Our captain has some funny
Ideas about the north pole.

He thinks it's a garden spot.
Come and bring the kiddies.

Now, look. Don't
You two guys start.

You know Peary went to
The North Pole once.

He retired with a sack
Full of medals.

- hey, pat. - you know we
go there Every 3 weeks

Just like it was
Lovers' lane.

Mr. Scott, some people
Seem to think--

Wait a minute.

Hello, air force 191, 191
From polar expedition 6,

Can you read me?

Air force 191, hear
You fine, Tex. Go ahead.

What's your position?

3 hours out.

Captain, switch over
To your radio compass

And check it against
Your magnetic heading.

On your mind, Tex?

We've got some kind
Of disturbance up here,

And it's whacking away
At everything.

What do you figure
It's from?

Don't know.
We noticed it last night.

6 to 8 degrees
Difference, pat.

We're quite
A bit off here, Tex.

Better home in on me.
I'll leave the key open.

Would you rather
Have me sing to you?

Leave the key open.

I was afraid
You'd say that.

Hey, the taxpayers
Ought to see this.

Hello, doctor...

- hello.
- still the same game?



Doctor... Professor,
Here's your mail.

You're just in
Time for lunch.

Ken, I bet you
Forgot my hairpins.

I'm practically
At the north pole.

Looks more like
My old Kentucky home.

Mr. Scott...
Mrs. Chapman.

A pleasure,
Mrs. Chapman.

Dr. Chapman...
Mr. Scott.

- Dr. Chapman.
- Scotty?s a newspaperman.

You've come at
An opportune time.

I was in anchorage when
Your message arrived.

I hope you have
A good story.

- no more than you Probably know already.
- nothing more at all?

Just discussions
To what it might be.

We all have different ideas.
There's been arguments about it.

- where's Dr. Carrington?~?
- he's in the lab.

Dr. Chapman--

Hi, lee.

- coffee, captain?
- no, thanks.

Our captain's
In a hurry.

- where are You two going?
- with you --

Wanna tell her that's an awful
Way to treat our captain.

If you don't want

I'll get even with
You two someday.

Come in.

Hi, pat.
Welcome to our igloo.

How was your--

How was your trip?

It was alright.

About usual.

Well, that's fine.

I think Dr. Carrington
Wants to see you.

Dr. Carrington can wait.
I wanna talk to you.

That was a dirty trick
You played on me.

Don't lose
Your temper.

Why did you do it?

Well, your legs
Aren't very pretty.

You wrote a note
And put it on my chest.

Others got up
Before I did.

6 people read it
Before I woke up.

The whole force
Is laughing.

- not so loud. They'll hear you.
- they've already heard.

The only place it hasn't been
Is a billboard.

Ooh, I didn't know you
Had such a nasty temper.

Now, pat,
Just be careful.

Now, take it easy.

Now, wait a minute.

We had a lot of fun
When you were up here.

Then when you asked me
Down to anchorage

You deliberately fed me--

Did you really drink
All those drinks?

- mm-mmm. - you didn't throw Any away?
Not a one?

Holy cats,
I thought I was good.

Another thing,
Why did you leave?

When I woke up,
You were gone.

I told you I had to take
That cargo plane back here.

- you told me?
- don't you remember?


Right after dinner.

You were telling me
All about

A night in
San Francisco...

- I told you that?
- mm-mmm.

What else did I do?

Well, you had moments of
Making like an octopus.

I never saw so many
Hands in all my life.

Alright. Alright.

Look, my only excuse
Is that I liked you...

Right away.

So I started wrong.
Can't we begin again?

How would you begin?

Well, I can
Think of several--

Never mind.

We don't have time
For that now.

I know Dr. Carrington's
Waiting to see you.

What about this business
Of starting over again?

We'll talk about that later.

- hello, captain.
- hi, professor.

Dr. Carrington,
Captain Hendry is here.

Yes, I know.

- how do you do, Captain?
- doctor.

Miss Nicholson, would you
Add a note to the others?


"November 2nd, 11:30 am.

"Deviation in sector 19

"Continues 12 degrees,
20 minutes east.

No lessening or wavering
Of disturbing element."

That's all.

Well, captain,
Can we start now?

Where are we
Going, doctor?

48 miles due east
From here.

Your message said
An airplane crash.

Is that what
We're looking for?

I don't know, captain.

- you better Explain, doctor.
- oh, I'm sorry.

Miss Nicholson, would you read
Captain Hendry

My first notes?

I was only thinking of the
Vagueness of my information.

I dislike being vague.

- "November 1st--"
- yesterday.

"6:15 pm. Sound detectors
And seismographs

"Registered explosion
Due east.

"At 6:18, magnetometer
Revealed deviation

12 degrees,
20 minutes east."

That deviation
Has been constant.

We ran into it just
Before arriving.

"Such deviation possible
Only if a disturbing force

Equivalent to 20,000 tons
Of steel or iron ore--"

20,000 tons?

"Had become
Part of the earth

At about
A 50-mile radius."

Getting a bit beyond me
But it sounds like a meteor.

Yes, very much,
Except for one thing.

We'll show it
To captain Hendry.

Oh, yes, sir.

We have some special
Telescopic cameras.

On the appearance
Of radioactivity,

A geiger counter
Trips the release

And the cameras function.

They were working
Last evening.

This is the result.

This first picture
Was taken 3 minutes

Before the explosion--

Or 6:12. You can see
The small dot

Low there
In the corner.

On the next picture,
One minute later,

It is moving
From west to east,

Moving fast enough
To form a streak.

- what's shutter speed?
- 1,000th of a second.

Moving pretty fast,
Wasn't it?

It's moving upward.

At 6:15, it drops
To the earth and vanishes.

A meteor might move almost
Horizontal to the earth,

But never upward.

- it isn't a meteor.
- that's obvious.

How's the distance to the point
Of impact determined?

- by computation.
- Dr. Carrington...

It's quite simple,

We have the time
Of arrival

Of the sound waves
And the detectors

And the arrival time
Of the impact waves

And the seismograph.

By computing the difference,
It becomes quite obvious

That they were caused
By a traveling object.

The distance from here's
Approximately 48 miles.

You lost me, but I'll take
Your word for it.

20,000 tons of steel

Is a lot of metal
For an airplane.

It is for the sort
Of airplane we know, captain.

Yeah, we'd
Better be going.

I thought
You'd think so.

Redding, check
Every quarter hour.

- will you want me? - no,
it won't Be necessary.

You coming, bill?

Yes, doctor.

We'll be there
Pretty soon now, pat.

Bob, get Carrington
Up here.


We're almost 50
Miles out, doctor.

With your compass

How are you navigating,

That peak ahead is
Practically due east.

We got the wind
Before we left camp.

We should be
There about now, pat.

10... 9... 8... 7... 6...

Picking up something
On the geiger counter, sir.

4..3... 2..1.

Look there.

Pat, the compass
Is in a spin.

Up to the top.

Yeah, that's it,

Did you see someplace
To set down?

Looked smooth
About a half a mile back.

We'll take a look.

Get them ready.
It might be rough.

Fasten your seat belts,
Gentlemen. We're gonna land.

sit down, and hold on
Back there.

All set
For landing, sir.

Half flaps.

Full rich.

Full rich.

Half flaps.

There we are.

Holy cats!

What a weird-looking

Let me get a picture
Before you track up the place.

This geiger counter's
Going crazy.

Something's melted
That surface crust.

It's frozen over again
Into clear ice.

The bottle shape was
Caused by the aircraft

First making contact
With the earth

Out there at the neck
Of the bottle,

Sliding toward us and
Forming that larger area

As it came to rest.

With the engine or engines
Generating enough heat

To melt that path
Through the crust,

Then sink
Beneath the surface.

What could melt
That much ice?

Let's go down
And see. Barnes.

Take the dogs
Over on that side.

Dr. Chapman, could an
Airplane melt that much ice?

One of our own jets
Generates enough heat

To warm
A 50-story building.

It's part
Of an airfoil--

Probably a stabilizer
Of some sort.

It's an airplane,

Can you tell
What metal that is?

- I'll need some tools.
- Barnes, bring some tools!

Hey, it's down
Pretty deep over here.

I can't see anything
But a dark mass.

It's deeper
Over here.

Captain, may I suggest
That we spread out

And try to determine
The size and shape?

Spread out, everybody!

We're going to try to figure
Out the shape of this thing.

Here's the tools, sir.

Holy cat!


It's almost...

Almost a perfect...

It is. It's round.

We finally got one.

We found
A flying saucer!

Can anybody see
Anything through the ice?

Only an outline.

Nothing but
A dark shape.

Seems perfectly smooth.
No doors or windows.

I can't see
Any engine.

I doubt we'll find
Anything we call an engine.

Dr. Carrington, this isn't
Any metal I know.

Probably some new alloy.

Get some filings
For analysis.


Captain, I don't think
We have a chance

Of chopping through
The ice with axes.

I know.
We think so, too.

We're gonna melt it
Out with Thermite bombs.

Doctor, where do you
Figure it's from?

I don't know,
Mr. Scott.

Well, from this planet?

- I doubt it.
- do you think--

The answers to your
Questions will be easier

After we've examined
The interior of the aircraft,

And its occupants,
If there are any.

Why, I never--

What a story! Where's the radio?
Hey, Barnes!

Hold it. Sorry.
No private messages.

What do you mean "Private"? I'm
Sending it to the whole world.

This is air force

Wait until authority lets you
File your story.

You've got your authority

In the constitution of the
United states.

It's called freedom of the
Press. I'm sending a story.

Not from our ship.

Where do you
Want the bombs?

One by the stabilizer.
Another over there.

This is the biggest story

Since the parting
Of the red sea.

You can't cover it up.
Think what it means.

Not working for the world.
I'm working for--

- look, sonny-- - no, Scott.
I'll take that.

Get back to the ship
And call the camp.

Have Tex radio Fogarty
We found a flying saucer,

A disc--whatever you call it--
Intact, embedded in the ice.

What about me?

Ask if Scott can have clearance
To send his story.

- that's all I can do.
- don't apologize.

You'll grow up to be
Another Fogarty.

- where'll we touch this off?
- over there.

Look toward the west.
That front's moving fast,

And the temperature's
Dropping, too.

We don't have
More than an hour.

Where do you
Put those?

On the surface.
Oh, tell stone.


Say, what will
This Thermite do?

This is S.O.P.--

Standard operating procedure
For removing ice--

Hook this wire up,

It just melts it.

How fast does it work?

It will uncover the whole
Saucer in 30 seconds.

All ready over here!

- be right with you!
- better clear the field!

Over near the dog sled!

Gonna get hot
Around here in a minute.

Okay, bob, hook her up.

We'll try
The stabilizer first.

Use the other one
if needed.

A few minutes from now, we may
Have the key to the stars.

A million years of history
Awaiting us in that ice.

Say when.
I wanna get a picture.

- all ready, sir.
- ready here.

Let her go, bob.

Okay, all clear.

Wait, everybody.
Stay back.

It's burning
Under the ice.

Careful, captain.

What's happening?

Tell me, doctor!

Get down on the ground,


Everybody alright?

That last explosion
Was the engine.

Sergeant, will you try
Your geiger counter?

Only a trace.

That's just residual.

It's all gone.

Secrets that might've
Given us a new science--

- gone.
- that's just dandy.

Standard operating
Procedure. Ha!

- I should have thought...
- you sure should.

The greatest discovery
In history up in flames.

Turning a new civilization into
A 4th of July piece.

Captain, I'm getting
Something over here.

Probably a fragment
From the saucer.

We may
Salvage something yet.

Hold it, everybody.
I'm getting a reaction.

Let me get a reading.

It's getting warm...

Hotter now...

Here's where
It's coming from.

- what is it?
- looks like a man.

It's got legs and a head.
I can see it.

Yeah. He must be over
8 feet long.

Somebody got out
Of that saucer.

Got out or was thrown out?
Then frozen fast

Before he could get clear.

Man from mars.

- how do we get him out?
- I don't know.

Use more Thermite.

Whichever's quickest.
We don't have much time.

Here's axes. You could
Chop around it

And put the whole block
On the sled.

- I agree.
- get started.

Bob, clear the sled off
And bring it over here.

Eddie, get
The ship warmed up.

Be ready to get out
Of here in a hurry.

Pat, I think
We made a mistake.

- what do you mean?
- you ever read this?

"Department of defense,
Office of public information,

"Washington, D.C.
December 27, 1949.

"Bulletin 629-49
Regarding item number 6,700,

"Extract 75,131.

"The air force has
Discontinued investigating

"And evaluating
Reported flying saucers

On the basis that there
Is no evidence."

They'll probably
Make you a general

For destroying evidence
That they're wrong.

"The air force said
That all evidence indicates

"That the reports of
Unidentified flying objects

"Are the result of--


Of various
Conventional objects."

Didn't look very
Conventional to me.

"Second--a mild form
Of mass hysteria--"

That'd be
When general Fogarty

Shook hands with
That thing in the ice.

What are
The other reasons?

That they're jokes."

What was the number
Of that bulletin?

"629-49, item 6,700,

Extract 75,131."

Oh... Oh, that one.

Whoa! Whoa!

Get on that rope,

I need a hand
Over here.

Watch your feet.
Watch your feet.

Keep it tight
On that end.

Here we go.

Hold it there!

Hold it!

Pull back there.

Keep tight
On those ropes!

Easy now.

Keep it going.

Keep it going!

Take it easy.

Can't see through
The ice too good.

Good enough to know
That where he's from

They sure don't breed
Them for beauty.

Well what do we now?
Defrost him?

This ice will melt
Pretty soon.

Can you control
The heat here?

No. This is
Our storeroom.

The temperature's
Constant here.

That won't be

We can probably chip
The ice away.

We're not gonna
Melt or chip it.

Eddie, open that window.

- we're not allowed to examine it?
- I mean just that.

This is stupid.
- We're scientists.

And Dr. Carrington's
In charge here.

Hey, pat. These windows
Don't open.

It's practically certain

Your superiors will
Ask us to study it.

Probably. But we
Can't permit it now.

- we don't need Permiss--
- break that window.


Sorry. We already pulled
One boner out in the ice.

I may not know
Anything about this,

But until my superior
Gives instructions,

We'll have to mark time.

Captain, you have
No author-

Better talk in the corridor.
It's going to get cold here.

At last, a very sensible
Suggestion, captain.

- Mac.
- yeah?

You stay here.
Take 4-hour shifts.

- and it's hands off. Understand???
- yes, sir.

Going to be
Warm enough?

If not, I'll squawk.

Bob'll bring
You some dinner.

How about
Something to read?

A nice quiet
Horror story.

Might be
Kind of tame for you.

Well, gentlemen?

- captain--
- captain--

Excuse me, doctor.
May 1?

In relation to
Removing the body,

I'd like to
Point out

Some organisms
Survive after death,

But cold
Can destroy them.

In view of that--

I don't know--

But these organisms
May be dangerous.

They may be carrying germs
From another planet,

Germs we couldn't
Cope with medically.

I can't agree,
Dr. Chapman.

I don't

We also don't know
What effect our air

May have on this
Creature's remains.

Sort of go up in smoke,
Like the saucer?

Isn't that

So is a man
From mars.

Gentlemen, we're
Getting nowhere.

I suggest that
Captain Hendry

With his superior.

We should have
Done that first thing.

I'm surprised you didn't
Try to reach your general

On our way back here.

We did.

I tried through your
Radio operator.

Couldn't get through.
Too much interference.

I see.
My apologies, captain.

Yes, doctor.

- hi, captain.
- hi, Tex.

Sure stirred up
Some trouble--

We're in a hurry.
Did you send out my message?

Sure did.
Answer came an hour ago.

- can you read it?
- no.

"Fogarty to Hendry.

Newspaper story

Until permission
From air force HQ."

There you are.

Now somebody else
Will get the story.

"Remove aircraft
From ice at once.

Use Thermite bombs if
Necessary to melt ice."

Ah, that's what I like
About the army--

Smart all the way
To the top.

That lets you off the
Hook for the Thermite--

Take it easy.
Go ahead, Tex.

"Erect temporary structure
To protect aircraft

Until my arrival."

Here's another one.
Came a few minutes ago.

Could only get
Part of it.

"Everything grounded.

Can't join you--"
Something or other.

"Want you--"
Something or other.

That sounds
Like Fogarty.

Then it got
Really fouled up.

You're not
Getting anything?

Nothing. Static's
Knocking it out.

What about your stuff?

Don't know if
They're getting it. I doubt it.

Even the pony express
Got through.

- well, doctor? - in view
of this New situation --

Doesn't alter
The old one.

We disagree. There's
No reason to delay--

Sorry, gentlemen. That's it.

Tex, Barnes
Will help you.

Sure, captain.

Keep trying
To get through.

I want to get a message
To the general.

Tell him the aircraft
Was completely destroyed

By the Thermite bomb.

Tell him we found
A passenger--

You got a fella
From mars? Where?

On ice, buddy.
On ice.

Tell him we're keeping
It on ice,

Dr. Carrington
Wants permission

To remove the body from
The ice for examination.

We're standing by
For instructions

Before further action.

Anything to add, doctor?

Yes, one very
Essential point--

That I consider it
Vitally important

That the examination be made.

Add that, Barnes.

Thank you, captain.
That's all concerns me.

When you get your answer,
Let me know.

Yes, doctor.

Wait?ll I interview
The doctor

About what
He thinks of you.

Ought to be good.

If it isn't,
I'll make it.

Tex, keep trying.

If he gets through,

Ask about clearing
Mr. Scott.

Don't try
To soft-soap me.

I'll eat
With you, Eddie.

I'll send you boys
Back some chow.

Captain, I'll check
The ship, tie her down.

We'll need our gear.
Pretty bad storm out there.

Get those Eskimos
To help you.

They took off when
They saw the ice.

May take some coaxing
To get them back.

If Mr. Scott and the lieutenant
Would give me a hand--

- I thought I was a guest.
- I'm an officer.

You can order me around while
Carrying the other end.

That'll help a lot, Sarge.

Pat, I thought we were
Gonna have trouble tonight.

So did I.

Those geniuses were
Ready to tear you apart.

Ah, they're kids, 9-year-olds
Drooling over a new fire engine.

Professor Voorhees,
come to the laboratory

as soon as possible.

Holding a meeting.
Whole thing's weird.

Reminds me of the time
I was stuck on Buluan Island

With the old 97th
Bomber group.

An army nurse came
Ashore one day

And caused about
The same disturbance

As this guy from mars
Has around here.

What happened
To the nurse?

She liked it there.

Scotty, what's new?

What's new?

What more
Do you want?

Biggest story ever
To hit this planet,

And I run into
This human clam.

Who are you getting pretty for?
You'll never look good.

That's not
For you, Scotty.

The captain here
Passes the buck

To general Fogarty.
Fogarty takes it to Washington.

Who will Truman ask
When it gets to him?


I've got to get
Back to civilization.

- how, for instance?
- I don't know.

Pogo sticks, kiddie cars,
Gondolas, dog sleds--

Hey, Barnes, any word
From general Fogarty?

Plenty. Nothing
About you, sir.

I think the old
Man's gone crazy.

Sorry, sir, I shouldn't
Have said that,

But if he hollers any louder,
We won't need a radio.

What was the gist of
The general's conversation?

It was scrambled,
But there's been a leak,

And the newspapers --

I knew it.

Like pouring water
Through a sieve.

Everybody wants
More information--

Congress, secretary of state,

And especially,
General Fogarty.

He's having a fit.

Isn't anchorage
Picking up anything?

No. We're picking up
Them--stronger station.

A picture just came to me.

My editor climbing
All over his office,

Yelling, stamping his
Feet, breaking windows.

He'll probably shoot
Himself by midnight.

Just a minute, captain.

I'm not sure you're ready.

You may have missed
A spot.

Wouldn't want her
To see our captain--

Would you like to do
Double guard duty tonight?

No, sir,
I wouldn't.

- oh, captain.
- yes, sergeant?

Could I see you
For a minute, sir?


What is it, bob?

I don't like to
Bother you like this,

It's about McPherson
Sitting in there

With that thing
In the block of ice.

Getting nervous?

He wouldn't want
Me to tell you,

But he's
Having kittens.

I haven't heard him squawk
Like this since Reichenberg.


The ice
Is clearing up,

And we can see that thing
Pretty good.

It's got crazy hands
And no hair,

And the eyes... They're open,
And they look like they can see.


It's got me,
Too, sir,

And I wasn't
In there very long.

Besides, it's pretty cold.

I got the lieutenant
An electric blanket.

Captain, I got a suggestion.

Go ahead.

We could split these
4-hour shifts--

Ok. Tell Barnes to
Take over at 2200.

You take over at 2400,

And I'll relieve you
At 0200.

I think
You're right, sir.

I think you are.

Thank you, sir.

I want to talk
To you.


Pat, what's really
Going on?

Oh, nothing. I can't
Relieve your pals,

So I set a guard.

They'd have that thing
Out waltzing with him.

It's not my job to decide.

That's not
What I meant.

What does that bogeyman
In ice mean?

I don't know.

Does it mean that we're
Going to have visitors

From other worlds,
Other planets,

Dropping in on us?

Do we have to return
The call? Or...

I know. Yesterday
I'd say it was crazy.

I'd say it's crazy now.

Many people
Think so, too.

Forget it. Tomorrow
It'll all seem different.

I suppose so.

I like the way you
Handled this mess, pat.

I'd just as soon not--

It's funny,
I'm glad I was here.

I am, too.

You're much nicer
When you're--

When you're not mad.

Sounds promising.

How about that business
Of beginning over again?

Well, I think I'll buy
You a drink this time.

I think
You've earned it.

That is if you want one.

You can tie my hands
If you want to.

That might not be
Such a bad idea.

You mean that?

Well, you suggested it.

I'll bring a rope.

You want another one, pat?

Don't you think you
Could untie me now?

Mm, I don't know.
What's the matter?

If a guy asks you to have
Dinner, a drink,

And tries to kiss,
He's a wolf--

What are you
Laughing at?

- you never Kissed me.
- I haven't tried.

- how do you know?
- stop bringing that up.

Never mind. You haven't.
Maybe if you'd--

Go on with what
You were saying.

you know, about
The dinner and the drink.

If the same man
Asked you

To have 30,000 dinners
And drinks--

Then he's not a wolf anymore.
That's a fine philosophy.

So you really want
Your hands untied--

Just when everything was
So nice and peaceful.

I'm glad we decided
To start over again.

I like it.

I like that, too.

Oh, talk about
Japanese tortures.

No, not at all.

I think this
was a great idea.

Come here.

Well, look at you.

Sitting there like
a civilized man,

Instead of grabbing
Around like a throwback.

You got a match?

If you weren't tied up,
I wouldn't dare tell you

How much I like you.

You know, pat,
the trouble with you

Is you don't know
anything about women.

What a woman wants
Is to--

Is to--

How long have you
Been loose?

Long enough.

It's been a very
Interesting evening.

Good night,
Miss Nicholson.

Pat, if you walk
Out on me--

Don't worry.
I wouldn't go,

Except I
Got to check up--

Aw, get a
Good night's sleep.

I'll see you
In the morning.

It's the eyes being open
That gets you.

- hi, pat.
- hi.

Barnes just got here.

Glad I'm not looking
At that guy anymore.

All set, Barnes?

Got an electric suit
And a pot of coffee.

Bob'll relieve you at 2400.

- right, sir.
- take it easy.


That's better.

Captain Hendry!
Captain Hendry!

Captain Hendry.

What's the matter,

Where's the captain?
I've got to tell him.

That thing's alive.

I saw it, sir.
It chased me.

That thing's alive.
It's not dead. It's--

Captain Hendry!

That thing's alive.

I saw it--I shot at it.
I know it.

Nothing happened.
It just came at me,

Making a noise
Like a cat mewing.

Those hands
And those eyes!

You've got to
Do something--

Mac, bob,
Get some guns.

Barnes, what happened?

Sorry, sir,
I don't know exactly,

But all of a sudden
It was alive

And coming at me.

I shot at it.
Nothing happened,

So I slammed
The door and ran!

Easy, easy.

Here, captain.

Take care of him,
Will you?

Stay back here.

Get back with
The rest of 'em.

What could've...

The kid said he was
Alive. I believe him.

I knew it.
I could feel it.

What did it.

This blanket was on
And still warm.


He got out of here,

Bring parkas, boots,
And a flashlight!

They'll tear him
To pieces!

We must save him.

- hold it!
- he mustn't be hurt!

You'll freeze to death.
Use your head!

You're right.
I was overanxious.

Look over here,

Alright, I think
I've got yours.

May I have one, captain?

Better let us go.

Can you see anything
Out there?

Not much.

- you all set?
- let her go.

Captain, it would help
If you--any of you--

Would describe
What you saw out there.

It was too cold to see well,
But the dogs had him down.

He got up with 3
Hanging on his arm.

- he threw one At the rest.
- 2 were dead.

Looked like they'd
Been through a chopper.

Where did you
Find the arm?

Partly under one of 'em.

Couldn't dogs
Tear off an arm?

This kind
Of an arm.

Be careful, doctor.
Those barbs are sharp.

Seems to be some
Chitinous substance.

Speak English, doctor.

Something between a beetle's
Back and a rose thorn.


Amazingly strong.

Very effective
As a weapon.

Don't have to worry
About that.

With an arm off
In that cold?

He's dead now.

Got along all right
In that block of ice.

Pretty spry for a guy
With 12 dogs on him.

After losing an arm.

Amazing, isn't it?

Amazingly strong.


I'm sure of it.

That is blood,
Isn't it?

Yes, but not his blood.

Probably from
One of the dogs.

There's no blood
In the arm,

No animal tissue.

Dr. Stern,
Will you look at this

Under the microscope?

No, Mr. Scott,
I doubt if it can die

As we understand dying.

Holy cats!


Well, doctor?

No arterial structure indicated.

No nerve endings visible.

Porous, unconnected,
Cellular growth.

Just a minute, doctor.

Sounds like you're trying
To describe a vegetable.

I am. Are you getting
All of this?

Oh, for
Pete's sake!

You know, doctor,
That could be why

Sergeant Barnes' bullets
Had no effect.

Merely holes drilled
Into vegetable matter.

This green fluid

Like plant sap.

Probably has
A sugar base.

Please, I've got to
Ask this.

It sounds as though
You're describing

Some form
Of super carrot.

That's nearly right,
Mr. Scott.

This carrot,
As you call it,

Has constructed
An aircraft

Capable of flying millions
Of miles through space

Propelled by a force
As yet unknown to us.

An intellectual carrot!
The mind boggles.

Shouldn't. Imagine how
Strange it would have seemed

During the Pliocene age

To Forecast that worms,
Fish, and Lizards

Were going to
Evolve into us.

Look, Doctor--

On the planet from which
Our visitor came,

Vegetable life
Underwent an Evolution

Similar to that
Of our own animal life,

Which accounts for

The superiority
Of its brain.

Its development was not
Handicapped by emotional

Or sexual factors.

Dr. Carrington,
You won the Nobel Prize.

You've received every kind
Of international kudos

A scientist can attain.

If you were for sale,
I could get a million bucks

From any foreign government.

I'm not going to stick my neck
Out and say

You're stuffed
Absolutely clean

Full of wild
Blueberry muffins.

But I promise my readers
Will think so.

Not for long,
Mr. Scott,

Not if they
Know anything

About the flora
Of their own planet.

There are vegetables
On earth that can... Think?

A certain kind
Of thinking, yes.

Ever hear of
The telegraph vine?

Not recently.

Or the... Is it
The acanthus century plant?


Go ahead, doctor.
That's your field.

The century plant catches
Mice, bats, squirrels,

Any small mammals.

Uses a sweet
Syrup as bait,

Then holds on to its catch
And feeds on it.

What's the
Telegraph vine?

A vine,
Research has proven,

Can signal to other vines
Of the same species

20 to 100 miles away.

Intelligence in plants
And vegetables

Is an old story,
Mr. Scott,

Older even than
The animal arrogance

That has overlooked it.

That's one
For Ripley.

I took this from
Under the soft tissue

Of the palm
Of the hand.

Seed pod!

Seed pod!

Yes. The neat
And unconfused

Reproductive technique
Of vegetation.

No pain or pleasure
As we know it.

No emotions.

No heart.

Our superior.
Our superior in every way.

Gentlemen, do you realize
What we've found?

A being from another world,
As different from us

As one pole
From the other.

If we can only
Communicate with it,

We can learn secrets

That have been hidden
From mankind

Since the beginning--

Holy cats!

It's moving.

Miss Nicholson.

Yes, doctor?

At 12:10 am.
The hand became alive.

The temperature of the forearm
Showed a 20-degree rise.

Because of this
Temperature rise,

I believe it was able to
Ingest the canine blood

With which
It was covered.

You mean... You mean
It lives on blood.

It's the best
We could find.

If it doesn't work,
I don't know what will.

Where are you going?

To find our visitor
If we can.

One moment, captain!

Check the storeroom again.
Bolt any outside doors.

Captain, when you find
What you're looking for,

Remember it's a stranger
In a strange land.

The only crimes were those
Committed against it.

Woke from a block of ice,

It was attacked by dogs,

Shot by a frightened man.

All I want is a chance
To communicate with it.

You can do anything you want,

Provided it's locked up
In a safe place.

Captain, if we catch him,
Let me take his picture

Before somebody
Makes a salad of him.

Sure, Scotty.
I'll think about it.

Bob, get up there.

Hey, what's up?

Looks like
A lynching party.

- any visitors?
- not a soul.

I got part of a message
From the general.

He said to wait
On Mr. Scott's story.

Ah, nothing's
Going out anyway.

Hey, what are you
Guys looking for?

- couldn't come in here.
- who?

Man from mars.

He's alive
And running loose?

Keep your door locked.

Use your fire ax.
Gun's no good.

What do you mean
A gun's no good?


Hold it, captain.

There's something
In here, alright.

No. You're a little off-base.
That's the mineralogy lab.

We've got radioactive
Isotopes in there.

The Geiger?s reacting to a room
Full of uranium ore samples.


This door's locked.

Dr. Stern
Has the key.

None of the others
Were locked. What's in here?

The greenhouse. The Eskimos have
A weakness for our strawberries.

At the north pole.

Mac, bob.

Look under
These tables.

Bob, check
That outside door.

Door's locked, sir.

Nothing up here.

We're still
Batting zero.

Well, doctor--

Captain, I--

Nothing up that
Other corridor.

Any suggestions?

He's obviously
Not inside.

We'll look

Close the door,

Never mind.

Half an hour outside
Is all we can stand.

We better do it
In relay.

You're right,
Dr. Chapman.

Close the door, please.

We'll have to tell general
Fogarty what happened.

We're liable
To become famous.

So few can boast they've
Lost a flying saucer

And a man from mars
All in one day.

What would they
Have done to Columbus

If he had discovered America
And then mislaid it?

Bunch of butterfingers!

Gentlemen, I just
Happened to notice--

Look at these molds.

Well, they're wilted.
The only thing--

A blast of icy air
If that rear door was open.

Have a look
At that lock.

10 or 15 seconds of such
Exposure would do it.


What would that
Lead you to--

That it may have
Been in here.

Without a doubt.

Dr. Carrington,
You were right.

The lock's been forced
And bent back.

The key's gone.

Someone has
Entered and gone

And locked
The door from...

The outside.

See how it glistens
In the light?

It's a smear of...

Plant sap.

From the wounded arm?

You don't suppose--

Open it, please.

One of the sled dogs.

Not even cold yet.

Doesn't it seem
Kind of...

Shrunken. Is there
Any blood in there?

- none.
- no blood?

No blood?

Its blood
Has been drained.

Everything falls
Right into line.

What could be more natural
For such a being

Than seeking out the only
Open earth within miles?

It came here for refuge,
Heard us, and ran.

It's been here.
It will come back again.

We better tell

I don't agree with you.

I think it far better
If science rather than--

Are you sure
This is best?

I'm sure we can
Communicate with it.

We must.
It's wiser than we are.

It's our only chance
To talk to it,

To learn so many things.

He's right.

Surely you understand
That, stern.

Will you two stand guard
Here with me tonight?

- surely, doctor.
- alright.

Stern, tell Dr. Auerbach
And Dr. Olson what we've found.

Ask them to come back

And relieve us
In the morning.

And tell them, please,
To confide in no one.

Any luck, captain?

Lee! Better get some
More coffee ready.

- find anything?
- not a sign.

We poked into every
Snow bank within miles.

Barnes flushed
A polar bear.

- sure did.
- scare you?

Not after I saw
It was only a bear.

Too cold out there for that.

Didn't find anything?
I didn't think you would.

When we lose them,
They stay lost.

Not that it makes
Much difference.

There's nothing
Going out on the radio,

Nothing coming in.

Hey, Tex,
You got something?

General Fogarty's
Running a temperature.

This came in clear
10 minutes ago

And then it got
Fouled up again.

"Fogarty to Hendry, take all
Precautions to preserve aircraft

"Carefully until my arrival.

"Same to same.
Use same precautions

"With corpses
Of any occupants.

Same to same. Forward
Description of aircraft--"

Oh, ho ho!

"Measurements, approximate
Weight, and so forth important.

"Fogarty to Hendry.
Why haven't you answered?

"Want immediate answer.

"Same to same.
Radio silence unnecessary.

"Reference message
Fogarty to Hendry--

"Acknowledge immediately.

"Fogarty to Hendry. Waiting
Report. Silence confusing.

"Same to same.

Same to same.
Acknowledge at once."

I gather he wants
To hear from me.

- nothing for me?
- you got it all.

For Pete?s sake.
I don't believe it.

How can a man
Become a general--

In the greenhouse...


Barnes, watch that corridor.

Bring the first aid
Kit, please.

Captain, this is my job.

Bob, better start
Warning everybody.

That speaker system
Work from here?

Yes. The left switch
Runs to all rooms.

Attention, everybody in camp.

Stay where you are,
Bolt your doors.

Our visitor has returned
And is dangerous.

Stay where you are until
Notified and bolt your doors.

Stay where you are.

Easy, doctor. Easy.
It'll be alright.

What happened, doctor?

In the greenhouse.
I couldn't see.

Then a blast of cold air.
I heard Olson scream.

When I turned,
The thing struck at me.

Go on.

I don't remember.
I must have fallen.

When I came to,
I saw Olson and Auerbach.

They were...

Get those axes.

Go ahead, doctor.

They were hanging from
The beams upside down.

They were dead.
Their throats were cut.

I crawled from under--

Were they there
When you left?

I couldn't see.

Here, sir.

Wait, pat! I want
To get a picture.

Wait a minute. This greenhouse
Has an outside door.

He can get out that way.

We can get to it from here
Through the generator room.

You go with him.

You want us to go in?

Seal the door with
Anything you can find.

That's better.

Easy. Give them
Time to get there.

Pat, I want a picture.

- you get back With the rest.
- don't be silly.

It'll cost you
A drink.

I'll buy him a beer.

Ready, bob?

No, but go ahead
And open it.


Get something
To prop this door!

Something short enough
To get under this bolt!

Get your picture, Scotty?

No, you were
In the way.

the door wasn?t
Open long enough.

- want me to Open it again?
- no!

Bring a hammer
And some spikes!

Hit that in.

There. That ought to do it.

You're sure there's
No other way out?

No windows, skylights,
Or vents of any kind?

Only the front
And back doors.

Are these walls solid?

Corrugated iron.

You don't think--

Dr. Carrington, we just learned
You found a dog in there,

Bled white the visitor.
Why didn't you report it?

I didn't consider it necessary.

You let your friends
In there to be killed.

I posted them as guards--

Stern was right.
I looked in.

They're hanging upside down
Like in a slaughterhouse.

Can't we
Do something?

They're dead. Our job is to
See nobody joins them.

You're limited
To your room,

And the mess.

You have
No authority to--


doctor, you better move along.

We've got
The rear door blocked.

If he gets out, he'll have
To dig through 20 oil drums

And a couple tons
Of snow and ice.

Bob, next time, raise
The sights a little.

Sorry, I was too busy
To think about that.

We'll have to
Set up a guard here

In the junction
And the corridor.

2-hour shifts.
We'll need volunteers.

Glad to, captain.

Count me in, captain.

You sent for us, doctor.

You said you had
News for us, doctor.

Ah, yes.
Yes, I have.

Gentlemen, we find
Ourselves in a battle.

I'm not referring
To the minor argument

With captain Hendry,

But this creature
From a new world.

2 of our colleagues
Have died,

A third is injured.

Those are our losses
And there may be more.

This creature
Is more powerful

And more intelligent
Than we are.

He regards us as important
Only for his nourishment.

He has the same
Attitude toward us

As we have toward a...
Field of cabbages.

That is our battle.

Only science
Can conquer him.

All other weapons
Will be powerless, only...

There must...

There must be a way.
I've been trying to...

Sorry. I'm very tired.
I haven't slept.

It's difficult...

Difficult to talk.

Read my notes,
Miss Nicholson.

Doctor, you need
Some rest.

Yes, I know,

Please read
My notes.

"At 9 pm,
I placed the seeds

"Taken from the severed
Hand of "X"

"In 4 inches of earth.

"I saturated the earth...

"I saturated the earth
With 2 units of plasma

From our blood bank.

"The condition of the dog
Found in the greenhouse.

"Indicated that blood
Was a primal factor

"In the cultivation
Of the seeds.

"At 2 am...

At 2 am., the first sprouts
Appeared through the soil."

- five hours.
- No--

Yes. I used another
2 units of plasma.

At 4 am., the sprouts began
To take on definite form.

I came to the conclu--

I see by your faces
You don't believe me.

Well, you may judge
For yourselves.

Oh, no, it isn't

It reproduces itself...

Amazing speed.

This would bear out
Captain Hendry?s impression.

When he saw the creature
In the door of the greenhouse,

It seemed to have
Grown a new arm.

This, uh, pulsating,

As though...
They were breathing.

Yes. Hmm.
Human plants.


All this because of
The blood plasma?

That's correct.

Notice these, closer to
The source of the plasma.

And these,
Farther away.

How many units
Have we?

Enough, I hope.

Would you care to listen
To them, professor Wilson?

Yes, thank you.
I should.


Almost like the wail
Of a newborn child

That's hungry.

That's the way I would've
Described it.

- doctor?
- yes, miss Nicholson?

Would you mind very much
If I--

Will you be needing
Me anymore?

No. Just finish
Typing my notes.

Return them to me.
Let no one see them.

Doctor, I think you
Should get some sleep.

There's too much to do.

Your mind can't work
If you're exhausted.

My mind's still
Perfectly clear.

No, it isn't,

You aren't thinking
Of what's happening

There in the greenhouse.

He's growing those
Seeds in there,

Using blood
Just as you are.

You've seen what
One creature can do.

Just imagine 1,000.

I have imagined it.

Arthur, what if
That aircraft

Came here not just
To visit the earth,

But to conquer it,

To start growing

Some kind
Of horrible army,

To turn
The human race

Into food for it?

There are many things
Threatening our world--

New stars, comets
Shooting through space--

But those are theories.
This enemy's right here.

There are no enemies
In science, professor,

Only phenomena
To study.

We are studying one.

Come in.

- hello, pat.
- hi.

Nikki, I want
To ask you something.

Has anybody up here
Been hurt lately,

Anybody shot or stabbed
Or operated on?

No. That what-is-it
In the greenhouse

Has been
Our first diversion.

I brought 35 units
Of plasma 2 months ago.

What's become of it?

Why do you
Want to know?

I wonder why they're not
Giving it to Dr. Stern.

They're giving him blood
Transfusions instead of plasma.

Two live donors.

What's Carrington doing

With 35 units of
Blood plasma, Nikki?

I guess you'd better
Take a swing at my chin

And have a look
At those notes.

I should be trying
To stop you.

So that's what
He's been doing.


Thanks. Thanks for
Not stopping me.

Pat, would you
Remember something?

He's tired.

He hasn't slept since
You found that thing.

He's not thinking right.

I know him. He doesn't
Think the way we do anyway,

But he's found something
No one can understand.

And until he can solve it,

you know, like a kid
With a new toy, he'll--

Only this toy's
Liable to bite him.

Thanks again.

Dr. Carrington?

I'm sorry, captain.

I have no authorization
To give you any--

I'm very busy.

I know you're busy, doctor.

I understand you've been
Doing a bit of gardening.

Where are they?

This way to
The nursery, pat.

I don't tolerate

Into my laboratory.

Please don't touch.

This is what
Your late colleagues

Are doing
In the greenhouse,

Except this is
A distinct improvement.

What happened
Was not my fault.

We've read your notes.

I think you should have
Consulted us.

I have the help I need.
Your opinion hasn't been asked.

It has by
Captain Hendry.

I've given it to him.
I'll repeat it for you.

We're facing something
Unpredictably dangerous.

The creature
In the greenhouse

Is obviously
Multiplying itself

In this
Identical fashion.

We don't know how
Much it can multiply.

It'll need more blood

And will obtain
What it needs.

It's been imprisoned
And is, therefore, harmless.

How you can be sure
Of our safety

Or, more important,
The safety of the world?

Think of 1,000 such

Yes, it must be destroyed,
This progeny, too.

- no!
- burn these.

What about that thing
In the greenhouse?

You're talking like
Frightened schoolboys.

You're right.
I'm frightened.

Any destruction
Would be an outrage,

A betrayal of science.

It may be a betrayal
Of science,

But it'll make me
Sleep better

If we get rid of it.

I got a message through.
Here's the answer.

"Fogarty to Hendry.

"Carrington informs me
Martian alive.

"You are directed
To make effort

"To keep it alive and
Protect it against injury.

"Under no circumstances
Take action against it

Until my arrival
When weather permits."

You have your orders,
Captain Hendry.

I consider them
Sane and intelligent.

- but, Tex, what about me?
- not a thing, Scotty.

- what do we do, pat?
- get on that radio

And try changing
The army's mind.


"Hey! It's me--

What are you
Doing in here?

We can't take it
Out there anymore.

We can't guard the greenhouse
From the outside.

It's blowing so hard you can't
See your hand in your face.

Besides, it can
Go through walls.

How could it get through
Corrugated iron walls?

Use a can opener.

Tell the others we're dropping
The outside guard.

Put your hand in some
Ice water and rub it.

- who's out in the corridor?
- stone and Wilson, sir.

Barnes, tell them they're
The only ones on guard now.

Tell them to watch it.


Here I am.

You won't be there long.

We're dropping
The outside guard.

Come join the rest of them
In the mess hall.

I'll be alright.
I got the door braced good

And there's no
Outside windows.

Alright, if you
Want to be brave.

- well..
- pat, what are we--

Anybody around here
Want some coffee?

No, but you can come in.

It's the only reason
I brought it.

I was hoping you
Might ask me in.

Who wants some?

I could use a half.

What were you
Saying, Scotty?

I was wondering--
That's enough, thanks.

What happens if our
Boyfriend gets lonely

And starts
Strolling around

And ends up in here?
What do we do?

I've been trying to
Figure that, too.

- nothing seems to hurt it.
- the $64 question--

What do you do
With a vegetable?

- boil it.
- what did you say?

Boil it, stew it,
Bake it, fry it.

Hey, that
Makes sense.

Cold doesn't bother it.

Maybe Dr. Carrington
Will ask it

To crawl into
A double boiler.

Or maybe we could
Borrow a flamethrower.

Captain, I got a crazy idea.

We got lots of kerosene.
We could--

.3, .4--

Here's where
We start cooking.

.5, .6.

Watch it, everybody! That
Thing's out of the greenhouse.

Be sure
And stay together.

What about throwing kerosene on

And setting it
On fire?

We can try.

- here's a full can.
- I'll take it, sir.

We'll need something
To put it in.

Here's a pail.

- 1.2.
- we need one more.

Pat, this one will
Work alright.

Watch that cigarette,

How we going to set it on
Fire, rub 2 sticks together?

- there's a pistol in my bag.
- I'll get it.

If it comes in,
You wet it down.

Mac, touch it off
And don't miss.

Be ready
If it needs more.

- I think you're right.
- shut up.

1.3 now.

You know how
To shoot that thing?

I saw Gary cooper
In sergeant York.


Come here.
Get in the corner.

Now, hold this in front,
Stay by the light switch.

1.5, 1.6, 1.7.

What was that?

It sounded like
A window.


Turn off
Those lights.


The needle's
Hit the top.

- Put the fire out!
- I am!

Watch it, captain!

Block that window!

Hey, Scotty!

Here you are. This will make
Your hand feel better.

Thank you, bob.

This ought to be
Enough kerosene, pat.

Good. Get it ready.

- how's it coming, Barnes?
- I'm gonna be okay.

What makes me mad
Is he didn't do it.

I busted it falling
Over the bunk.

Listen, everybody,
I want you all to stay here.

We found a way to fight it,
But we burned a room doing it.

It didn't look like it
Was hurt much.

About as much effect
As a good hot foot.

It's sure to come back.
We don't want to burn the place

Once we're organized,
We're going after it.

It probably went to the
Greenhouse, we'll start there.

In the meantime,
Stay here.

Watch the door
Into the hallway.

And keep your eye
On the geiger counter.

Here are the fire

Who's your
Electrical expert here?

I can help.
That's my line.

Can you hook into the intercom
System from the corridor?

Easily. We'll take one
From any other room.

I can help
You on that, too.

Mac, we'll be in
The radio room.

Let us know
When you're ready.

- you alright?
- yeah, I'd like to tag along.

Haven't you had

If I start
Burning up again,

Who'll put out the fire?

We're very proud
Of our captain. Ohh!

Now, look, put one of
The intercoms here.

That'll take care of this end.
Put another down here

At the junction
Of the corridor.

Check if they work
Through the mess hall.

You said you'd use
Kerosene again.

- know anything better?
- something hotter.

We have enough cable to
Reach the green house.

- why not use electricity?
- your lighting system?

No, we can hook in
A new transformer

Dr. Chapman's been using.
It's a high-voltage outfit

And will give us
Plenty of amps.

- enough to burn him?
- more than enough.

Could you use leads
And 2 poles?

- if you insulate the poles.
- sounds good.

Bob, give him
A hand.

Come on, Tex,
Go to work.

Get anchorage
If you can.

Tell them
The whole story.

Tell them we're in bad shape.
The sooner the better.

Tell them to bring
Hand grenades, mortars,

Flamethrowers, anything
They can think of.

If I can't send a story,
I'll shoot myself.

Comb your hair

What hair?

Hey, say that again.

Oh, Nikki,
Not you, too.

He's sensitive
About his hair.

- you, too.
- I got hair.

It doesn't make
You any prettier.

- no, your breath.
- I'm sorry.

He's sensitive
About that, too.

I've been very upset
Lately. My--

Oh, you ninnies. Look.
That's what I mean.

You, too.

It's getting cold
In here.

- the heat must be off.
- it is off.

It's not getting
Any oil.

See if it's the same
Way across the hall.

- where does it get oil from?
- around behind. Outside.

Pat, heat's off
In the mess hall!

No more oil coming in.

It's off
In there, too.

- could the tank be empty?
- filled day before yesterday.

The main line
Could be plugged.

Better get outside
And fix it.

Probably run into our visitor.
He's waiting for us to do that.

We underestimate
This guy.

Trying to freeze
Us out, huh?

- that won't be hard.
- it's down to 40 degrees now.

It's 60 below

How long will
These rooms hold heat?

- 1/2 hour at the most.
- by then, we'll be stiff.

If no one goes out won't it
Think of something else?

It'll think the same
Thing I am--

That our only chance to keep
Warm would be electricity.

Heaters, blankets,

It could break
The circuit,

Cut a line anywhere,
Except at the source.

The generator room.

Get 'em all in there.
Bring electrical stuff.

Food, medicine, blankets,
Warm clothes,

Anything you can find.

And, Mac, bring our flying

Most of them got burned,
I'll see what I can salvage.

We're hooked up
To the transformer.

- it's awful cold in here.
- thing's turned the heat off.

- that changes things.
- what'll we do?

I don't know. Next thing
Will be the electricity

We're gonna try and fight it
From the generator room.

Did you do a good job
On the outside door?

Houdini'd find it
Tough getting in.

He'll come through
This corridor.

Yeah, it's
The only way left.

Got any fence wire strong enough
To take the voltage?

- whole rolls of it.
- that'll work.

Lay it on the ground,

Run a lead overhead,
One on each side.

When it gets to the right spot
Juice him.

- I don't get you.
- where's the fence?

- give me those cutters.
- what are you talking about?

Rigging an electric
Fly trap for him.

- what do you mean fly trap?
- get me a hammer and nails.

Sure, sure.

Get out of the way.

Looks like the situation's
Well in hand.

I've given all the orders
I want to give

For the rest
Of my life.

If that were true,
I'd ask you to marry me.

- here's your coat.
- shut up.

Hammer and nails?

- where do you want this?
- in the generator room.

Move along.
Everybody, keep moving.

Changed my mind.
It's all off.

Keep moving, everybody.

I want another word
With you.

No time now, doctor.
Move along.

Make way here.
Clear this out.

Clear this place.

- where are those cutters?
- here they are.

- here's your geiger counter?
- in that barrel.

Get down to
The assembly room.

If you get anything,
Come running.

- get me a pair of gloves.
- use mine, Eddie.

Leave enough to hook
To the overhead wire.

I got plenty.

Here we are,

Yeah, that ought to
Give us a ground.

There she is,

Down to 5 degrees now.

Perfect for skiing.

Better get rubber boots,


Insulation when they
Turn the juice on.

Oh, yeah!

Here's a pair
Back here.

Wait a minute.
You won't need it.

When it comes, go
Back with the others.

You don't belong
Out here.

I didn't belong at
Alamein or Okinawa.

I was just kibitzing.

I also write a good obit--
Obituary to you.

Just ignore me,

- captain Hendry.
- go ahead.

Just hooked this thing up,
Checking to see if it works.

Fine. Watch your
Geiger counter.

- Mac, did you hear that???
- every word.

- I hope that's all I hear.
- so do I.

Captain, here's
Another message.

This one's relayed
From Washington.

"Fogarty to Hendry.

"Use every means
To protect lives,

But take no steps
Against your prisoner."

- our prisoner.
- there you are.

You can't ignore orders from
Your commanding officer.

You can testify
At my court-martial.

You're doing more than
Breaking army orders.

You're robbing science
Of the greatest secret.

Knowledge is more important
Than life.

We've only one excuse
For existing--

To think, to find out,
To learn.

What can we learn
From that thing,

Except a quicker way
To die?

It doesn't matter
What happens to us.

Nothing counts
Except our thinking.

We fought our way
Into nature,

We've split the atom.

That sure made the world
Happy, didn't it?

We owe it to the brain
Of our species

To stand here and die

Without destroying
A source of wisdom.

Captain Hendry--

Has given us orders.

Get him out of here.

Oh, you fool.

You'll never
Hurt it.

'Go ahead.'

I'm getting a reaction
From the geiger counter.

What's your reading?

- only .2, but steady.
- watch it.

Tell us any change.
Mac, anything your way?

- not a glimmer, pat.
- watch it.

Here's the
Operating switch.

How can it get cold
So quick?

Keep moving around.
You won't get too cold.

- it must be zero.
- it was.

Next stop's 5 below.

"Come on, Mr. Martian.?

Get some nice
Scotch blood. 100 proof.

Nothing like it
For babies.

To cut it out.

No, let him go on.

I like goose pimples.
They keep me warm.

Did you get a picture of that
Thing when it was on fire?

Nah. I shot one while
I was falling backward

Probably got the ceiling
And my own big feet.

Captain Hendry,
Captain Hendry.

Going up a little.
.4 now.

Hang on.
Mac, any change?

Just the same,
Only colder.

It means he's coming
By the mess hall.

Excuse me, sir.
I got an idea.

Here we go again.

Our new boy's
Pretty smart.

He might
See these wires,

Sit down,
And think it over.

If he thinks too long,
We're cold meat.

What if we met him
There by the junction?

Let him see us there
And chase us here?

Yes. The less light,
The better.

Turn off this light
And this one here.

Don't say I'm right.

Captain Hendry,
Going up--.8 now.

I'm getting
Some too, pat.?

It's showing here

Both of you, back here.
Come a-running.

I'm halfway there.

If you speed up
That generator,

- can you get more out of it?
- no harm to try.

Bill, you and Tex go.
Nikki, you, too.

- pat, can't I--
- no.

Good luck to you.

What's the matter?

I was just wishing
We'd tested this thing.

What if we haven't
Enough voltage?

Just keep swinging
At its arms.

- 1.2.
- it's on its way.

I got a worry.

Report from the
Front, captain.

Has a worry.

- this is no joke.
- what?

What if he can
Read our minds?

He'll be mad when
He gets to me.


Keep moving around,
You guys.

Keep it quiet.

The first execution

I ever covered--

Ruth Snyder
And Judd gray.

Did you get a picture
Of that, Scotty?

No. They didn't
Allow cameras.

Going up fast.

Don't move
Till he sees us.

Give him a chance
To get a look.

Leave me room
To reach that switch.

Stay away from the walls
When he hits the juice.

Everybody got
Rubber boots on?



I heard

It's getting
Near the top.

Alright, ease back.

- what the--
- the juice is off!

Pat! Carrington's
Turned off the generator!

Bob, bring a flashlight.

Eddie, hold him off
As long as you can.

Watch out.
He's got a gun.

Keep away.
Keep away.

I won't allow you
To destroy--

"Turn on
That generator!?

"Get back here, Eddie!"

Eddie, get back here!

Stay away from that wire!

Listen, I'm your friend.
I have no weapons.

I'm your friend.
You're wiser than I.

You must understand what
I'm trying to tell you.

Don't go any farther.
They'll kill you.

They think you mean
To harm us all.

I want to know you,
To help you.

You're wiser
Than anything on earth.

Use that intelligence.

Look, know what I'm
Trying to tell you.

I'm not your enemy.
I'm a scientist.

I'm a scientist
Who's trying--

Wait till he's right
In the middle of it.

He's got to be on
That walk, captain.


Wait till he gets
Right in the middle.

That's enough.
Turn it off.

Let it go.

We don't want
Any part of it left.

You can get a picture now,

This'll take a minute
To warm up.

Is there any reason now
Why I can't send my story?

Only take 5 minutes.

I guess it's okay.
Go ahead, Scotty.

You're looking better to me
Than you used to.

- all done, pat.
- you get everything?

Yeah, burned everything
In Carrington?s lab

And in the greenhouse.

Burned the arm, too.
Nothing left but ashes.

How is Dr. Carrington?

He's got a broken collarbone
And a bad headache.

I'm not getting
Enough voltage.

- I'll check the generator.
- good.

Anybody want
Some coffee?

No, but you
Can come in.

You better have some.
You look awfully tired.

He should look tired.

He's had two things
On his mind.

We've only had one.

Now our worries are over,
While our captain--

Shut up.

Can't you do
Something about it?

You know, I'm getting fed up
With the north pole.

How much does
A captain make a month?

Not very much.

Good start.
Go ahead.

Enough to support
Two people?

Not nearly enough.

Captain, you get
Flight pay...

Some for each

I won't be railroaded
Into anything.

I've got an idea
If you'll pardon me.

You ought to
Settle down.

There you are.

It'd be so much
Better for us.

Sure. A captain always
Flitting around

And getting
Into trouble.

Remember that night
In Honolulu?

Ooh, that was
Pretty bad.

I don't know what
They're talking about.

They know what's
Best for you.

Here we are.

Of voltage now.

Anchorage, from
Polar expedition 6.

Anchorage, from
Polar expedition 6.

Can you hear me? Over.

Reception clear.

Press the button,
And speak, Scotty.


Tell general Fogarty
We've sent for captain Hendry.

He'll be here
In a few minutes. Over.

Roger. Over.

Are there any newsmen
There? Over.

The place is
Full of them.

Alright, fellas,
Here's your story.

North pole, November 3rd.
Ned Scott reporting.

One of the world's
Greatest battles

Was fought and won today
By the human race.

Here at the top
Of the world,

A handful of
American soldiers

Met the first invasion
From another planet.

A man named Noah
Once saved our world

With an ark of wood.

Here at
The north pole,

A few men performed
A similar service

With an arc
of electricity.

A flying saucer
which landed here--

And its pilot--
Have been destroyed,

But not
without casualties

Among our own
Meager forces.

I'd like to bring
to the microphone

Some of the men responsible
For our success,

But senior air force officer
Captain Hendry

Is attending to demands

Over and above
The call of duty,

Dr. Carrington,

Leader of the scientific

Is recovering
From wounds

Received in the battle.

Now, before giving you
The details of the battle,

I bring you a warning.

Every one of you
Listening to my voice,

Tell the world,

Tell this to everybody
Wherever they are--

Watch the skies...


Keep looking.

Keep watching
the skies.