I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Directed by Gene Fowler Jr.
Cinematography Haskell Boggs

Plot

Young newlywed Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) notices that her new husband Bill (Tom Tryon) is acting oddly: He doesn’t show any signs of affection towards her or anything else, including his pet dogs, which he used to love. Marge is also very concerned because she cannot become pregnant.

She then notices that other husbands in her social circle are all acting the same way. One night, she follows Bill while he goes for a walk. She discovers that he is not the man she married but an alien impostor: An extraterrestrial lifeform leaves his human body and enters a hidden spaceship.

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She confronts Bill, and he eventually explains that all the females on his planet are now extinct, and that he and other males of his species are taking over human men so they can mate with Earth’s women, saving their race from extinction. Marge is horrified at this prospect and tries to warn others of this alien plot, but too many men in town have already been taken over, including the town’s Chief of Police.

Finally, her doctor (Ken Lynch) comes to believe her wild story, and he gathers up a posse to attack the aliens in their hidden spaceship. Although bullets can’t hurt the invaders, they are defenseless against a pair of German shepherd dogs being used by the posse; eventually, all the aliens are killed by the dogs.

Entering the spaceship, the posse finds all of the human captives still alive, including Bill. Shortly thereafter, a fleet of spaceships is seen taking off from all over the world; the aliens must seek females elsewhere, now that their breeding plan on Earth has been discovered.

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Reception

Upon its release, I Married a Monster from Outer Space proved to be a hit with audiences and critics. Despite its modest budget and unpretentious production values, the film was an ideal filler for the drive-in crowd. Originally slated as the A film in a double feature with The Blob (1958), I Married a Monster from Outer Space was relegated to the bottom of the bill when audiences preferred the intriguing color film over the monochromatic and more sombre entry.ve title, I Married a Monster from Outer Space has long been ignored by critics and film historians, although it received respectable reviews both in contemporary and in later reviews. Danny Peary described it as “an intelligent, atmospheric, subtly made sci-fi thriller,”Tom Milne of Time Out magazine found “good performances, strikingly moody camerawork, a genuinely exciting climax,” and Leonard Maltin called it a “pretty good little rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with “some nice, creepy moments.”

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Better Than Average 50’s Sci-Fi Flick

10 February 2005 | by Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This has to definitely be one of the better science fiction films of the mid to late 1950’s. The only thing that hurts this film is the lousy title. The thing that really impressed me about it is the fact that this film isn’t a typical B-movie. In fact, this film gives you a very thought provoking story as well as what another person said, a kind of poignancy that you never would expect from this type of film. In fact, you pretty much feel that towards the end of the film that Marge is actually falling for the alien posing as her beloved Bill. Also, you pretty much feel sorry for the impostor at the end as he is beginning to experience the emotions that he never had, especially love. Unfortunately, the film is undone by its typically lousy 1950’s B-movie title. However, once you look past the title and look at how good the story is, you will see that this film is a pretty decent film.

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Try to ignore the ludicrous title

Author: tiger-moth from Crawley England
25 March 2004

Despite the dreadful title, this is a well made, thought provoking Sci-fi film. A young bride discovers that her husband is not the man she fell in love with, but a hideous alien in a specially constructed shell. The thought provoking part, is the ambiguous character of the aliens. At first you are convinced that these ugly creatures are on earth for evil intent. as the film progresses, you are aware of their desperation to survive, even if they have to kill to do it. In one excellent scene, a hooded alien stares longingly at a doll in a shop window, and then ruthlessly kills one of the locals without a second thought. this stimulates both compassion and revulsion. Both Gloria Talbott and Tom Tryon as the leading actors, give good understated performances, and in the final scene, Tryons’ alien becomes a terribly pathetic creature whose only desire was to see the continuation of his race. Are the aliens good or evil? the jury is still out.

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Entertaining as well as bemusing film with dated special effects

6/10
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain
2 November 2005

The movie talks upon an aircraft from outer space that arrives to earth and go out aliens and they are hanging with human beings . As Aliens from Outer Space are slowly switching places with real humans . One of the first switching is an attractive young (Tom Tryon) about to get wedded to a beautiful girl called Marge (Gloria Talbott). One year marriage later she still feels there are numerous rare things about him , as he doesn’t have feelings , nor emotions. A horrified Marge then attempts to warn everyone of the alien threat .

It’s a typical B movie of the 50s , it has suspense , thriller , tension and fun . Tom Tryon as the alien husband is fine and Gloria Talbott as his distrustful wife is enjoyable , she usually was in sci-fi films by that time . There appears a very secondary role , Ty Hardin , who along with Tom Tryon were two beefcakes who habitually played movies for youth . In fact , the scene at the beach gave movie audiences their first look at Ty Hardin’s bare chest . Special effects , FX , are average , though by that time were quite well ; they are in charge of John P.Fulton , a craftsman with great experience and a long career from the silent cinema . Production design by Henry Bumstead who has worked along with Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo, Topaz) and today continues , being Clint Eastwood’s usual set decorator (Unforgiven , Mystic river) . However , the sets in aircraft interior are ridiculous and embarrassing . The motion picture was regularly directed by Gene Fowler Jr , he was a famous editor and occasionally director of Western as ¨The Oregon Trail¨ and terror as ¨I was a teenage wolf¨ . The flick will appeal to science fiction and fantastic movies fans . Rating : Mediocre but amusing .

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