Day the World Ended (1955)

35mm film, “photographed in Superscope”, black and white, 2.00:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Roger Corman.

Plot Summary

In the aftermath of a , a group of people are trapped in the middle of nowhere and come under attack from a hideous mutant. Adding to the tension, inter-personal jealousies threaten to tear the group apart.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
© MCMLV [1955] by Golden State Productions
James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present a Golden State production
Executive Producer: Alex Gordon
Produced by: Roger Corman
Production Supervisor: Bartlett A. Carré
Original Story and Screenplay by: Lou Rusoff
Script Supervisor: Barbara Bohrer
Photography: Jock Feindel
Key Grip: Charles Hanawalt
Film Editor: Ronald Sinclair
Music Composed and Conducted by: Ronald Stein
Sound: Jean Speak
Ryder Sound Services, Inc.
Wardrobe: Gertrude Reade
Make-up: Steven Clensos
Special Effects: Paul Blaisdell
Set Decorator: Harold Rief
Property Master: Karl Brainard
Locations: Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA *; Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA *

Richard Denning (Rick)
Lori Nelson (Louise Maddison)
Adele Jergens (Ruby)
Touch Connors (Tony)
Paul Birch (Maddison)
Raymond Hatton (Pete)
Paul Dubov (Radek)
Jonathan Haze (contaminated man)
Paul Blaisdell (mutant)
Roger Corman [Nelson in photograph] *

Alternative Titles

Die Letzten Sieben – West Germany
El monstruo del planeta perdido – Venezuela
Il mostro del pianeta perduto – Italy

The Day the World Ended (2001)
In the Year 2889 (1967)

Extracts included in
Hollywood Aliens and (1997)
Hyperdelic E-Mission (1991)



  • Daily Film Renter no.7067 (20 February 1956) p.7 – credits, review
  • Fangoria no.229 (January 2004) pp.66-71 – illustrated article (The day his world began by Tom Weaver)
  • Filmfax no.102 (April/June 2004) pp.46-53, 132 – illustrated article (The monster makers (part three) the strange creature of Paul Blaisdell by Vincent Di Fate)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.136 no.15 (9 September 1955) – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.137 no.43 (30 December 1955) p.4 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.23 no.267 (April 1956) p.47 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald v202 no.2 (14 January 1956) p.738 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema vol.86 no.7463 (20 February 1956) p.8 – credits, review
  • Variety 11 January 1956 p.6 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson p.6 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.156 – credits, review
  • Earth vs the Sci-fi Filmmakers: Twenty Interviews by Tom Weaver pp.114-132- illustrated credits, interview with Alex Gordon
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.92 – credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.49 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.90 – credits
  • Roger Corman: The Best of the Cheap Acts by Mark Thomas McGee pp.103-106 – notes