When Worlds Collide (1951)

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“When Worlds Collide” is a science-fiction movie released in 1951, directed by Rudolph Maté, based on a novel of the same name written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. The movie follows the story of two planets, Bellus and Zyra, that are on a collision course with Earth. Scientists predict that the collision will result in the destruction of Earth and the extinction of all life on the planet.

Dr. Cole Hendron (played by Larry Keating), a scientist, and his assistant, Dr. Tony Drake (played by Richard Derr), are part of a team that is trying to build a spaceship to transport a small group of people to Zyra, the other planet that is on a collision course with Earth. They plan to evacuate as many people as they can to save them from the impending disaster.

After a lot of hard work, the spaceship is finally built, and the team selects a group of people who will be taken to Zyra. The group includes Hendron, Drake, Hendron’s daughter Joyce (played by Barbara Rush), millionaire Sidney Stanton (played by John Hoyt), and his secretary, among others.

The spaceship takes off just as the collision between the planets begins. They face several challenges during the journey, including a malfunction that causes a loss of oxygen and a difficult landing on Zyra. However, they finally manage to land safely on the new planet and start building a new civilization.

The movie ends with a sense of hope, as the survivors look forward to rebuilding their lives on Zyra and starting a new era for humankind.

“When Worlds Collide” was considered a groundbreaking film at the time of its release, as it was one of the first movies to explore the possibility of space travel and the colonization of other planets. It remains a classic of the science-fiction genre to this day.

Rudolph Maté

Sydney Boehm, Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie

Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen

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