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Original Black & White Photographic Still from the Science Fiction Film Classic When Worlds Collide


Published by Paramount Pictures 1951, 1951
From James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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An original black & white photographic still of the staging of a scene from the science fiction film classic When Worlds Collide, starring Barbara Rush, Richard Derr, Peter Hansen, and John Hoyt. 10Ó x 8Ó. Fine. The image shows the Paramount technicians preparing a model of a spaceship being constructed for filming, with a painted sky in the background, the film camera off to the side and a few other crew members looking on. With a typed note on the verson reading in full: ÒOUT OF THIS WORLD is the term that could be applied to just about everything connected with the new George Pal film ÔWhen Worlds CollideÕ (Pal previously made ÔDestination MoonÕ). The new Paramount Pal production pictures what happens when a few scientists discover that a planet is about to crash into the earth [sic] with catastrophic results. There are frantic efforts to construct a rocketship as a sort of NoahÕs Ark that will take key personnel, food and equipment to a safe planet. In the picture you see Paramount Technicians as they prepare for filming the rocketship in the process of construction. (The model is a composite of some of the latest scientific designs and ideas.).Ó The film is based on the 1933 novel co-written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer, directed by Rudolph Mate, and was the winner of the 1951 Academy Award for special effects. The story of the film is that a star named Bellus is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. A plan is quickly developed to construct spaceships to transport a lucky few to Zyra, a planet in orbit around Bellus, in an all-out effort to save the human race from extinction. As the day of impact draws near, the ship is loaded with supplies and the small group of passengers who have been selected by lottery. Bookseller Inventory # 19510E

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Title: Original Black & White Photographic Still ...

Publisher: Paramount Pictures 1951

Publication Date: 1951

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