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cast

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
James Whitmore ... Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Harold Medford
Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford
James Arness ... Robert Graham
Onslow Stevens ... Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
Sean McClory ... Maj. Kibbee
Chris Drake ... Trooper Ed Blackburn
Sandy Descher ... The Ellinson girl
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Mrs. Lodge
Don Shelton ... Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards
Fess Parker ... Alan Crotty
Olin Howlin ... Jensen
Richard Deacon ... Reporter (LA news conference)
Eddie Dew ... Officer
Lawrence Dobkin ... Los Angeles city engineer
Wally Duffy ... Airman
Cliff Ferre ... Cliff (police lab man)
Norman Field ... Gen. James
Joseph Forte ... Coroner Putnam
Dean Fredericks ... Det. Curtis
Russell Gaige ... Coroner
Otis Garth ... Admiral at second conference
Gayle Kellogg ... Gunner
Kenner G. Kemp ... Trooper #2
Hubie Kerns ... Jeep driver
Warren Mace ... Radio operator
Chad Mallory ... Loader
John Maxwell ... Dr. Grant
Matthew McCue ... Gramps (storekeeper)
Charles Meredith ... Washington official
Forbes Murray ... Government official
Leonard Nimoy ... Staff Sergeant (Telex operator)
Richard Bellis ... Mike
Jack Perrin ... Army officer
Charles Perry ... Soldier
John Beradino ... Patrolman Ryan
Robert Berger ... Patrolman Sutton
Grandon Rhodes ... Psychiatric Ward doctor
Joe Sawyer ... Capt. O'Connell
William Schallert ... Ambulance attendant
Fred Shellac ... Attendant
Joel Smith ... Ben's driver
Ken Smith ... Trooper
Douglas Spencer ... Reporter
Oscar Blanke ... Inmate
Victor Sutherland ... Senator at D.C. meeting
Dub Taylor ... Railroad yard watchman
Harry Tyler ... Inmate
Dick Wessel ... Railroad detective at boxcar
Harry Wilson ... Inmate
Willis Bouchey ... Official at D.C. meeting
Richard Boyer ... Trooper #1
Waldron Boyle ... Doctor
Marshall Bradford ... Psychiatrist
Alexander Campbell ... Official
James Cardwell ... Officer
Royden E. Clark ... Jeep driver
John Close ... Helicopter pilot
Booth Colman ... Reporter
James Conaty ... Washington official
Robert Scott Correll ... Jerry
Walter Coy ... Reporter
Dean Cromer ... MP sergeant
Mary Lou Holloway ... Blonde
Janet Stewart ... WAVE
Ann Doran ... Child psychiatrist
Dorothy Green ... Matron

crew

Credits

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Warner Brothers / First National
Producer: David Weisbart

SCRIPT
Script: Ted Sherdeman
Adaptation: Russell Hughes
Story: George Worthing Yates

DIRECTION
Director: Gordon Douglas
Assistant Director: Russ Saunders

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Sid Hickox

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Thomas Reilly

MUSIC
Musical Director: Ray Heindorf
Music: Bronislau Kaper
Orchestrations: Robert Franklyn

SOUND
Sound: Francis J. Scheid

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up: Gordon Bau
Wardrobe: Moss Mabry

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Giant Ant Models: Dick Smith

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Stanley Fleischer
Set Decorator: G.W Berntsen

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film summary
It's time for Them! You know, Them! This movie is about them there giant ants that attack them people. Them there scientist blew up them atomic bombs, morphing them ants into them giant ants that like them there sugar and kill them there people because that's the way them are!

Somewhere in Arizona or something, people keep disappearing. They finally figure out that the "them" the little girl is screaming about is a horde of giant ants. These 7-12 ft. long ants go around and make war with everything they see, and they do what ants do: colonize and reproduce. Luckily, they find them early enough to shoot, blow up, and gas all them ants to pieces!

Although the plot didn't have much on the basic level, the subtle level had a lot. It has a great plot that flows well that rarely goes off track. It's giant ant related form beginning to end! It is also quite funny at times, but not overboard. There is good acting too, with notable actors including cameos of a bunch of famous stars of the time (ask someone who was living at the time and they will point a bunch out). The plot is quite original, being only the second or so atomic-bomb-created-monsters-on-the-loose movie of the 1950's. It is quite a bit like "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", but everything else is original for obvious reasons. It spurred off a bunch more giant bug movies, including "Tarantula", "The Deadly Mantis", and "The Black Scorpion". Its ideas also seem to affect later movies, like the fact that the whole run-through-tunnels-blasting-bug-things-while-saving-kids-and-destroying-queen-nest was later used in "Aliens". Plus, the "cement river" setting was used in "Terminator 2" and the idea of mutated monster taking over the earth was later used in "Godzilla"(1998).

The giant ants are quite convincing. It seams like they wanted to make the movie as realistic as it possible could be. Them ants really act like ants. The giant robot-things used to make the ants are quite realistic. It's not as good as today's standards, with movies like "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" using the medium a lot better, but it was great for the time. It has enough believability to make this classic "horror" film actually scary (for little kids, at least). But they didn't spare any expense on this movie. It was originally going to be made entirely in color. But black and white is better; it's scarier that way. Plus the few bloody scenes don't look as grotesque, letting your mind be scared instead of grossed out. From what I heard, the ants were suppose to be made in purple and green for some odd reason, which would have taken away from the realism they were striving for. The movie was also suppose to be in 3-D, which is a disappointment because it would have been cool to see giant ants popping out of the screen.

As a whole, great movie! The plot is great; it was done very well and had very few flaws. The movie flows right, doesn't slow down to a crawl, and gets you into the mood and keeps you there. It is one of the few movies that want to be sci-fi, action, horror, and comedy at the same time, and succeeded. It runs on a formula that many special effects movie use now (but with a better plot). It's what a lot of young blockbusters want to grow up to be. Basically, them here movie is one of the better ones. You will never see ants or say the word "them" in the same way again.

In the 1950's the world was testing A-bombs, Hydrogen Bombs, strange results were beginning to appear & Hollywoods imagination was added to the theories. The results a series of movies about radioactive mutated creatures. The first was "THEM".

"THEM" (1954) is a landmark movie about giant radiation-mutated ants that gets better with age and boasts remarkable, Academy Award-nominated special effects.

Summary: Our story begins in a New Mexico desert with a shocked wandering child, destroyed general store & battered corpse full of enough formic acid to kill 20 men. The search begins to find & destroy these menacing insects. The giant mutated ants are on the move and the climatic battle is in over 700 miles of Los Angeles sewers.

An ALL-STAR cast led by James Whitmore, James Arness and Edmund Gwenn.

Special Features include; Behind the Scenes Archive footage, Montage & Operation on the Giant Ants, & film trailer.

This was the first and probably the best movie featuring the worlds & Hollywoods take on the possible results of radioactive mutation.

"THEM" in a great Black & White Standard version (Original theatrical exhibition) digitally restored presenting a very exceptional picture & sound. This sci-fi classic is worth the price of addmission so get out the popcorn and ENJOY!!