|Originally posted by Dr. Procter
The BBC production was aired over a six week period from October to November, 1955.
The Hollywood film (Hammer) was produced later, and the title was changed, I think, to something like "Four Million Miles from Earth".
I have it on tape somewhere; it appears on late-night TV every so often.
I'm confused again.
It was *Quatermass and the Pit* which was retitled *Five Million Miles to Earth*. *uaternmass II*was changed to *Enemy from Space*
Anyway - "Winnerton Flats"!
QUATERMASS II (1957/Hammer) 85mins. BW. UK.
Aka: ENEMY FROM SPACE (US).
Credits: Dir: Val Guest; Prod: Anthony Hinds; Ex.Prod: Michael Carreras; Sc: Nigel Kneale & Val Guest; Ph: Gerald Gibbs; Ed: James Needs; Art: Bernard Robinson; Sfx: Bill Warrington, Henry Harris & Frank George; Mu: Phil Leakey; Sound: Cliff Sandell; Mus: James Bernard. From the BBC. television series by Nigel Kneale.
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Marianne Stone, John Longden, Ronald Wilson, Sidney James, Jane Aird, Betty Impey, Bryan Forbes, Lloyd Lamble, William Franklyn, John Stuart, Vera Day, Gilbert Davies, Edwin Richfield, Charles Lloyd Pack, Joyce Adams, Tom Chatto, Howard Williams, Jan Holden, John Van Eyssen, Philip Baird, Percy Herbert, Robert Raikes, Michael Ripper, John Fabian, John Rae, George Merritt, Arthur Blake, Michael Balfour.
While studying some mysterious meteorites, Professor Quatermass, (Donlevy), visits the site where they landed and discovers a research station at Winnerton Flats that is almost an exact replica of a moonbase he has designed. Unable to find out any information about the plant that is supposedly manufacturing synthetic food, Quatermass organises an arranged visit and discovers that the place is an acclimatisation base for invaders from another planet. Quatermass tries to break through government bureaucracy and expose the supposed factory for what it really is.
A simplified entry to the series with many effective sequences despite long moments of wordiness. The film successfully imparts what can happen when society turns a blind eye to what is going on around them.