Sunday, February 16, 2014

War of the Worlds - the movie

When a spaceship from Mars lands on Earth a scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) goes to investigate. One of his fans-Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson), an instructor of Library Science - also heads out to the site. Romance ensues.

When we first meet our librarian she appears sophisticated and poised. However she completly falls apart in the face of an alien invasion and a hunky scientist. Scientist saves the day, of course, while our librarian follows along, screaming (fortunately though her hair spray holds up throughout). We never see Sylvia working as an instructor or a librarian, in fact she never mentions it again after the first time. She is portrayed as a Red Cross volunteer who passes out coffee to the important men doing the real work, and she she does demonstrate some bravery by driving one of the evacuation school buses in hopes of taking some people to a safe area.

This movie was pure 1950s-era camp. We could only laugh at the "highlyscientific" terms like "extreme altitude" and "sonic radar" used by military men with important voices. We were surprised to see one woman scientist, who actually got to speak on a few occasions. 

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