The Thing from Another World (often referred to as The Thing prior to its 1982 remake) is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by Christian Nyby. The film stars Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, and Douglas Spencer. James Arness played The Thing, but he is difficult to recognize in costume and makeup, due to both low lighting and other effects used to obscure his features. The film is based on the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell (writing under the pseudonym of Don A. Stuart). Wikipedia
The Thing from Another World is a member of the following lists: American films, English-language films, United States National Film Registry films, Monster movies, Films directed by Howard Hawks, Cold War films, 1950s science fiction films, 1951 films, Alien visitation films and 1950s horror films.
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