When Worlds Collide (1951)
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First published in 1932, Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's speculative novel When Worlds Collide was immediately purchased by Paramount as a possible project for director Cecil B. DeMille. But because none of Paramount's scriptwriters were able to come up with an adequate screen treatment, the property lay on the shelf until 1950, when producer George Pal was casting about for a follow-up to his successful sci-fier Destination Moon. Though the film was top-heavy with special effects, Pal was able
Aug 1, 1951 Wide
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Top honors for this inter-planetary fantasy rest with the cameramen and special effects technicians rather than with performances of the non-name cast.
Mr. Pal barely gets us out there, but this time he doesn't bring us back.
George Pal's production is better remembered for its apocalyptic special effects than for the perfunctory dialogue, but the gripping story keeps you watching.
Too bad the finale plays like a greeting card you wish someone had just given you the money for instead.
If the naive dramatic situations and trite idealism can be ignored, the viewer is in for an amazing spectacle of special effects.
Never mind plot logic, don't think too hard about the 'sci' component of the sci-fi, and certainly keep the unsubtle sociology and Pal's typical Bible-based gloss in perspective. When Worlds Collide remains entertaining and satisfying....
Dated but enjoyable end of the world flick
When Worlds Collide is sincere, but doesn't take itself too seriously.
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