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5 Favorite Sci-Fi Classic Movies from the 1950s-1960s

Updated on October 4, 2011

GODZILLA

This movie was originally filmed in 1954 and called "Gojira." At the tender young age of five (1956), I remember going to the drive-in movies with my parents to see the American version, called"Godzilla."

Actor Raymond Burr starred as an American reporter named Steve Martin. This moive fascinated me to no end! The scenes where Godzilla takes on the high tension electrical wires remains a classic in my mind. One week, one of the local Los Angeles television stations ran the movie Monday through Friday at 6PM. I think I watched it at least four of the five nights!

There were many other scenes that I would call "favorites," to numerous to mention. I even learned how to scare my little sister by reproducing the sound of Godzilla walking through Tokyo, as I hit my heel on the metal frame of my bed at night and told her Godzilla was coming.


Godzilla, King of the Monsters

INVADERS FROM MARS

This movie is still one of my all time favorites. A 12 year old boy, interested in astronomy, sees a flying saucer land in sand dunes near his house. No one believes him, but one by one, starting with his father, people disappear and return zombie-like after they go investigate the sighting. The Martians are pretty hilarious looking, but I love the way the film ends --- deja ju ~ the boy sees a saucer land again. Was it all a dream the first time, a premonition, or ....????

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

Aliens from outer space have sent massive seed pods containing creatures that can assume the physical characteristics of anyone they choose. When people go to sleep, the pod creatures take on the shape of the victim and then destroy their body. The aliens look the same as the person, but don't have any emotions and only want to reproduce themselves.

 WAR OF THE WORLDS

Yet another invasion by Martians in southern California!  This film was released in 1953, well after the infamous 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles.  If you recall, this radio broadcast created widespread panic, as many listeners that tuned in after it started and thought they were hearing a real "live" broadcast of an catastrophe!  That fact in itself is the reason I did not really appreciate the film until I was a lot older.  I did not want to watch such a disturbing movie as a kid.

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

This movie came out in 1951 and I remember seeing it years later. I liked Gort, the robot who protects Klaatu. Klaatu has a message for all of mankind, but no one wants to listen. He shuts down all the electrical power, except to hospitals and planes in flight, to make his point! I have not watched the remake of this movie, but I was told that the original is still the best!

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      ruffridyer 

      6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I love these old movies. My favorite giant monster movie remains Gorgo. The mother coming to free her baby, I was glad they escaped.

      I also loved Them, the girl in the back of the ambulance

      reacting to the ants sound while the adult never notice her sit up, Classic.

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      loveofnight 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      you are taking me way back, i remember all of these pics and remember how realistic that they appeared to be then.sci-fi has come a long way......thx 4 share

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      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      Hi Catlyn,I remember watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers with my dad, as a child. It scared me to death. I made sure I never watched "scary" movies thereafter. LOL

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      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Chef Jeff ~ I will have to watch Forbidden Planet. You have me intrigued since it is based on Shakespeare!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Robert E Smith 

      8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      When I was a kid I watched sci fi every saturday afternoon from a local CBS affiliate out of Syracuse NY. It was such a childhood memory because it kinda helped make me who I am today. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

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      Chef Jeff 

      8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      And don't forget Forbidden Planet, which was actually based on the Wm. Shakespeare play, The Tempest. That's still one of my favorites, along with THEM! About the giant radioactive ants that terrorize L.A.

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      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Thanks for the comment, Uninvited! I will be doing a follow up Hub with more of them .... stay tuned!!

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      Susan Keeping 

      8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I've actually seen every one of those films :) I love 50s sci-fi. Great hub!

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      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Russ ~ Wow! You really do like that one! If you ask me, the remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" did not have the same quality of innocence as the original. The relationship between Helen and Bobby and Mr. Carpenter in the original movie was more authentic than in the remake.

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      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      the fount ~ Thanks for stopping by and I am really glad you enjoyed this Hub too! (I am not THAT old, am I?)

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      Russ52 

      8 years ago

      Out Of All The Old "Sci-Fi" Flicks, The One I Like The Best Is "The Day The Earth Stood Still".

      I've Got It On, 'Get This' On Both A Beta & A VHS Video Recorder Player. Although My 'Beta' Gave Out A Long Long Time Ago, Every Once In Awhile When I Get Bored, I'll Stick It In The VHS Tape In The Player & It's Like I'm Watching It For The First Time.

      I Just Love This Sci -Fi Classic...

      Thanks For The Memories "Cat".

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      thefount 

      8 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      Wow, you're reaching way back on this one! I really enjoyed this flashback. Thank you!

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