The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Mighty panorama of Earth-shaking fury as an army from Mars invades!

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Action
  • Release Date: 1953-08-13
  • User Rating: 6.862/10 from 532 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 25min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Byron Haskin
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The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, until they discover it is the first of many transport devices from Mars bringing an army of invaders invincible to any man-made weapon, even the atomic bomb.


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  • Gene Barry

    as Dr. Clayton Forrester
  • Ann Robinson

    as Sylvia Van Buren
  • Lewis Martin

    as Pastor Dr. Matthew Collins
  • Les Tremayne

    as Maj. Gen. Mann
  • Frank Kreig

    as Fiddler Hawkins (uncredited)
  • Vernon Rich

    as Col. Ralph Heffner
  • Sandro Giglio

    as Dr. Bilderbeck
  • Ann Codee

    as Dr. Duprey (uncredited)
  • Robert Cornthwaite

    as Dr. Pryor (as Bob Cornthwaite)
  • Cedric Hardwicke

    as Commentary (voice) (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
  • Houseley Stevenson Jr.

    as Gen. Mann's Aide (as Housely Stevenson Jr.)
  • William Phipps

    as Wash Perry (as Bill Phipps)
  • Jack Kruschen

    as Salvatore
  • Paul Birch

    as Alonzo Hogue (uncredited)
  • Paul Frees

    as Second Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer
  • Henry Brandon

    as Cop at Crash Site
  • Peter Adams

    as Pine Summit Fire Watcher (uncredited)
  • Eric Alden

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Hugh Allen

    as Brigadier General (uncredited)
  • Ruth Barnell

    as Mother (uncredited)
  • Edgar Barrier

    as Prof. McPherson (uncredited)
  • Russ Bender

    as Dr. Carmichael (uncredited)
  • Oscar Blank

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Nick Borgani

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Hazel Boyne

    as Screaming Woman (uncredited)
  • Chet Brandenburg

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • George Bruggeman

    as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Nora Bush

    as Woman in Church (uncredited)
  • Tony Butala

    as Boy in Final Church (uncredited)
  • Mushy Callahan

    as Burning Soldier at Pit (uncredited)
  • Dick Cherney

    as Looter (uncredited)
  • Edward Colmans

    as Spanish Priest (uncredited)
  • James Conaty

    as Man at Pacific Institute of Science and Technology (uncredited)
  • Russ Conway

    as Rev. Bethany (uncredited)
  • Martin Coulter

    as Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Vittorio Cramer

    as First Radio Reporter (uncredited)
  • Pierre Cressoy

    as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Oliver Cross

    as Scientist (uncredited)
  • Jane Crowley

    as Woman in Church (uncredited)
  • Jim Davies

    as Marine Commanding Officer (uncredited)
  • Helen Dickson

    as Woman in Church (uncredited)
  • Ralph Dumke

    as Buck Monahan (uncredited)
  • Jimmie Dundee

    as Civil Defense Official (uncredited)
  • Al Ferguson

    as Police Chief (uncredited)
  • Dick Fortune

    as Marine Captain (uncredited)
  • Alex Frazer

    as Dr. James (uncredited)
  • Frank Freeman Jr.

    as Bum #2 Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • Slim Gaut

    as Radio Listener (uncredited)
  • Charles Gemora

    as Martian (uncredited)
  • Ned Glass

    as Well-Dressed Looter (uncredited)
  • Jack Gordon

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Fred Graham

    as Looter (uncredited)
  • Joe Gray

    as Looter (uncredited)
  • Herman Hack

    as Worker Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • Nancy Hale

    as Young Wife (uncredited)
  • Virginia Hall

    as Girl (uncredited)
  • Ted Hecht

    as KGEB Reporter (uncredited)
  • Douglas Henderson

    as Staff Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Gertrude Hoffmann

    as Elderly News Vendor (uncredited)
  • Tex Holden

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Jimmie Horan

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Patricia Iannone

    as Girl (uncredited)
  • Jerry James

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Michael Jeffers

    as Worker Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • Dick Johnstone

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Carolyn Jones

    as Blonde Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Don Kohler

    as Colonel (uncredited)
  • Ivan Lebedeff

    as Dr. Gratzman (uncredited)
  • Freeman Lusk

    as Secretary of Defense (uncredited)
  • Herbert Lytton

    as Chief of Staff (uncredited)
  • Wilbur Mack

    as Official (uncredited)
  • George Magrill

    as Traffic Cop (uncredited)
  • Mike Mahoney

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • John Mansfield

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Joel Marston

    as Military Policeman in Jeep (uncredited)
  • Sydney Mason

    as Fire Chief, Crew #3 (uncredited)
  • John Maxwell

    as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Mathew McCue

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • David McMahon

    as Minister, First Church (uncredited)
  • William Meader

    as P.E. Official (uncredited)
  • Lee Miller

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Ralph Montgomery

    as Los Angeles Red Cross Official (uncredited)
  • Alvy Moore

    as Zippy (uncredited)
  • Bob Morgan

    as Injured Civil Defense Worker (uncredited)
  • Charles Morton

    as Worker Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • George Nardelli

    as Military Officer (uncredited)
  • Stanley Orr

    as Marine Major (uncredited)
  • George Pal

    as Bum #1 Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • Walter Richards

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Robert Rockwell

    as Forest Ranger at Crash Site (uncredited)
  • Walter Sande

    as Sheriff Bogany (uncredited)
  • James Seay

    as Air Force Bomber Pilot (uncredited)
  • Allen D. Sewall

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Lucile Sewall

    as Woman in Church (uncredited)
  • Cora Shannon

    as Old Woman (uncredited)
  • David Sharpe

    as Looter (uncredited)
  • Teru Shimada

    as Japanese Diplomat (uncredited)
  • Reginald Lal Singh

    as Military Officer (uncredited)
  • Bobby Somers

    as Deputy at Crash Site (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens

    as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Charles Stewart

    as Marine Captain (uncredited)
  • Jack Stoney

    as Looter (uncredited)
  • Gus Taillon

    as Elderly Man (uncredited)
  • Morton C. Thompson

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Arthur Tovey

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Dale Van Sickel

    as Looter (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Vernon

    as Elderly Woman at Square Dance (uncredited)
  • Edward Wahrman

    as Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Anthony Warde

    as Military Police Driver (uncredited)
  • Bob Whitney

    as Military Officer (uncredited)
  • Chalky Williams

    as Worker Listening to Radio (uncredited)
  • Waldon Williams

    as Boy (uncredited)
  • Bud Wolfe

    as Rescuing Civil Defense Worker (uncredited)
  • Fred Zendar

    as Marine Lieutenant (uncredited)
Sound Ben Burtt Sound
Directing Michael D. Moore Assistant Director
Crew Mushy Callahan Stunts
Camera George Barnes Director of Photography
Sound Howard Beals Sound Effects
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costume Design
Art Hal Pereira Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Wally Westmore Makeup Supervisor
Sound Harry Lindgren Sound Recordist
Production Cecil B. DeMille Executive Producer
Visual Effects Walter Hoffman Visual Effects
Sound Gene Garvin Sound Recordist
Visual Effects Gordon Jennings Visual Effects
Writing H.G. Wells Novel
Art Emile Kuri Set Decoration
Production George Pal Producer
Visual Effects Marcel Delgado Modeling
Sound George Parrish Orchestrator
Sound Leith Stevens Original Music Composer
Writing Barré Lyndon Screenplay
Editing Everett Douglas Editor
Directing Byron Haskin Director
Art Albert Nozaki Art Direction
Art Albert Nozaki Set Decoration
Sound Walter Oberst Sound Effects
Crew A. Edward Sutherland Special Effects
Crew David Sharpe Stunts
Crew Dale Van Sickel Stunts
Crew Fred Graham Stunts
Visual Effects W. Wallace Kelley Visual Effects
Crew Ken Strickfaden Special Effects
Crew Jimmie Dundee Stunts
Crew Joe Gray Stunts
Crew Bud Wolfe Stunts
Crew Herman Hack Stunts
Crew Fred Zendar Stunts
Crew Bob Morgan Stunts
Visual Effects Cliff Shirpser Visual Effects Camera
Crew George Magrill Stunts
Production Frank Caffey Production Manager
Art Chesley Bonestell Painter
Crew Chesley Bonestell Technical Advisor
Crew Charles Morton Stunts
Crew Jack Stoney Stunts
Crew Chet Brandenburg Stunts
Production Frank Freeman Jr. Associate Producer
Costume & Make-Up Charles Gemora Costumer
Crew Bobby Somers Stunts
Crew Slim Gaut Stunts
Crew George Bruggeman Stunts
Visual Effects Paul K. Lerpae Visual Effects
Crew Chalky Williams Stunts
Art Gene Lauritzen Construction Coordinator
Visual Effects Ivyl Burks Visual Effects
Art Ivyl Burks Props
Visual Effects Jan Domela Visual Effects
Visual Effects Irmin Roberts Visual Effects
Crew Tex Holden Stunts
Crew Barney Wolff Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Diana Gemora Costumer
Art Lee Vasque Props
Art Gordon Cole Property Master
Editing Monroe W. Burbank Color Grading
Sound William M. Andrews Sound Editor
Camera Murray Young Key Grip
Sound Loren L. Ryder Sound Director
Visual Effects Jack Caldwell Visual Effects
Crew Robert S. Richardson Technical Advisor
Production Gae Griffith Producer's Assistant
Lighting Soldier Graham Gaffer
Visual Effects Aubrey Law Visual Effects
Crew Bob Springfield Special Effects
Crew Chester Pate Special Effects
Sound Lovell Norman Sound Editor
Sound Tommy Middleton Sound Effects
Sound Dan Johnson Sound Effects
Art Milt Olson Props
Art Charles Davies Props
Art Romaine Birkmeyer Props