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Invaders from Mars(1953)

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William Cameron Menzies' onscreen credit reads: "Production Designed and Directed by." According to a September 25, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, John Archer was originally signed to play "Dr. Stuart Kelston." On October 7, 1952, Hollywood Reporter announced that dwarf actors Harry Monty, Billy Curtis, Buster Resmundi, Paul Klatt, George Spotts and Tommy Cotonaro had been cast in the picture, although a modern source states that they served as stand-ins. Modern sources also note that the film was originally scheduled to be shot in 3-D, but the plan was dropped before production began. As noted in a September 1, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, producer Edward L. Alperson decided to change the film's ending for foreign distribution. Feeling that "dream effects aren't too popular with foreign audiences, especially in Europe," Alperson decided to "add approximately eight minutes of scientific sequences" to the film and "alter [the end] so that viewers can use their own imagination." Shooting on the additional sequences, which were to be directed by Wesley Barry, began on September 2, 1953 at the KTTV Studios. According to modern sources, the European version eliminated the sequence of "David" waking up from his nightmare and instead ends in the observatory.
       Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Screenplay John Tucker Battle and William Cameron Menzies ; Set constr Ralph Oberg; Opticals and mattes Jack Rabin and Irving Block; Asst makeup Steve Drum; Boom Earl Crain, Jr.; Electrial Jimmy Phillips and Paul Guerin; and Music Editor Richard Harris. According to one modern source, Battle was so upset by the film's dream ending that he demanded that his name be removed from the onscreen credits. Although one modern source credits Theodore Lydecker with additional special effects work, another source credits his brother, Howard Lydecker. Modern sources also add the following actors to the cast: Peter Brocco (Brainard), Frank Wilcox (Chief of Staff), Richard Deacon (Sentry Regan), Luce Potter (Martian), and Max Palmer and Lock Martin (Mutax). Invaders from Mars, which became a modern cult classic, was the last picture directed by noted production designer-director Menzies, who died on March 5, 1957. In 1986, Cannon Pictures produced a remake of Invaders from Mars, directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms and Laraine Newman. Jimmy Hunt, who played "David" in the 1953 version, appeared in the remake as the police chief.