The Thing From Another World
How did it get here?
( Horror / Sci-Fi )

The Thing From Another World Poster

US Runtime: 87 min

Premiere Date:
Apr 06, 1951   [USA]
Directors: Christian Nyby
Howard Hawks   [uncredited]
Writers: John W. Campbell Jr.   [story Who Goes There?]
Charles Lederer
Howard Hawks   [uncredited]
Producers: Howard Hawks   [Producer]
Edward Lasker   [Associate Producer]
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography: Russell Harlan
Production Companys: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Winchester Pictures Corp.


Margaret Sheridan
'Nikki' Nicholson
Kenneth Tobey
Capt. Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite
Dr. Arthur Carrington
Douglas Spencer
Ned 'Scotty' Scott
James R. Young
Lt. Eddie Dykes
Dewey Martin
Bob, Crew Chief
Robert Nichols
Lt. Ken McPherson
William Self
Corp. Barnes
Eduard Franz
Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton
Mrs. Chapman
James Arness
The Thing
Carmen Nisbet
Bit Part (uncredited)
Lucille Thompson
Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson
Capt. Fred Smith (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller
Dr. Laurence (uncredited)
Allan Ray
Officer (uncredited)
Jimmy Ogg
Bit Part (uncredited)
Walter Ng
Second Cook (uncredited)
Robert Bray
Captain (uncredited)
Edmund Breon
Dr. Ambrose (uncredited)
Nicholas Byron
Tex Richards (uncredited)
Ted Cooper
Lieutenant (uncredited)
John Dierkes
Dr. Chapman (uncredited)
George Fenneman
Dr. Redding (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo
Lee, a Cook (uncredited)
Paul Frees
Dr. Vorhees (uncredited)
Everett Glass
Dr. Wilson (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee
Bit Part (uncredited)
Ray McDonald
Bit Part (uncredited)
David McMahon
Brig. General Fogarty (uncredited)
Bill Neff
Bill Stone (uncredited)
H.B. Newton
Bit Part (uncredited)


Emmett Bergholtz
camera operator
Dr. Samuel Hoffman
musician: theremin
George K. Hollister
camera operator
Howard Schwartz
camera operator
Harold E. Stine
process photographer
Archie Stout
director of photography: second unit
Dimitri Tiomkin
Harold E. Wellman
director of photography: second unit

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

Color Info:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm


  • Ned "Scotty" Scott: An intellectual carrot. The mind boggles.
  • Ned "Scotty" Scott: So few people can boast that they lost a man from Mars and a flying saucer all in the same day! What if Columbus had discovered America, then mislaid it!
  • Dr. Arthur Carrington: There are no enemies in science, only phenomena to be studied.
  • Ned "Scotty" Scott: Please doctor, I've got to ask this. It sounds like, well, just as though you're describing some form of super carrot.
  • Ned "Scotty" Scott: Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!


  • It is generally believed that Howard Hawks took over direction during production, and even Orson Welles could have had a hand in the direction.

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