The Blob (1958)

USA,
86m
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Plot Summary

A meteorite crashes to Earth near a small town and unleashes an oozing, blob-like creature that devours everything it touches. Some discover the creature but are unable to get anyone to listen to them – can they alert the townspeople before the ever-growing monster destroys
them all.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr
Copyright MCMLVIII [1958] by Tonylyn Productions, Inc.
A Paramount release. A Tonylyn production
Produced by: Jack H. Harris
Associate Producer: Russell Doughten
Screenplay by: Theodore Simonson and Kate Phillips [real name: Kay Linaker]
From an Original Idea by: Irvin H. Millgate
Director of Photography: Thomas Spalding
Film Editor: Alfred Hillman
Music Composed and Conducted by: Ralph Carmichael
Sound: Gottfried Buss, Robert Clement
Western Electric Recording
Make Up: Vin Kehoe
Special Effects: Bart Sloane
Art Director: William Jersey, Karl Karlson
Locations: Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA; Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA; Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA; Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA
Produced at Valley Forge Film Studios

Cast
Steven McQueen (Steve Andrews)
Aneta Corsaut (Jane Martin)
Earl Rowe (Lieutenant Dave)
Olin Howlin (old man)
Steven Chase (Dr T. Hallen)
John Benson (Sergeant Jim Bert)
George Karas (Officer Ritchie)
Lee Payton (Kate)
Elbert Smith (Henry Martin)
Hugh Graham
Vince Barbi (George, the cafe owner)
Audrey Metcalf (Elizabeth Martin)
Jasper Deeter (civil defense volunteer)
Tom Ogden
Elinor Hammer (Mrs Porter)
Pamela Curran (smooching teenager)
Ralph Roseman
Charlie Overdorff
David Metcalf
Josh Randolph

Alternative Titles

The Glob That Girdled the Globe – working title
The Glob – working title
The Meteorite Monster – working title
The Molten Meteorite – working title
The Night of the Creeping Dead – working title

Sequel
Beware! The Blob (1971)

Remake
The Blob (1988)

Extracts included in
78/52 (2017)
Blobermouth (1990)
Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror: The Devil You Know (1997)
Creepy Classics (1987)
Grease (1978)
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)
Horrible Horror (1986)
Invasion Earth: The are Here (1987)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)

See also
Caltiki il mostro immortale (1959)
X the Unknown (1956)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.19 no.1/2 (January 1989) pp.98-99 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Daily Cinema no.8111 (30 January 1959) p.5 – review
  • Fangoria no.53 (1986) – illustrated interview with Jack H. Harris (The Father of the Blob by Tom Weaver)
  • Filmfacts 1958 p.214 – credits, reprinted review extracts
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.151 no.30 (10 September 1958) p.3 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin March vol.26 no.302 (March 1959) p.31 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.212 no.12 (20 September 1958) p.984 – review
  • Starlog no.214 (May 1995) – illustrated interview with Irvin S. Yeaworth (Birth of the Blob by Tom Weaver)
  • Starlog no.278 (September 2000) pp.82-87 – illustrated interview (Mother of the Blob by Tom Weaver)
  • Starlog no.279 (October 2000) pp.82-87 – illustrated interview with Russell S. Doughten Jr (Brother of the Blob by Tom Weaver)
  • Variety 10 September 1958 – credits, review

Books

  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.233 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Armchair Odeon: The Collector's Guide to the Movies by Denis Gifford p.46
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.176 – illustrated credits, review
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again p.47 – credits, review (by John Stanley)
  • Heroes, and Values: Science Fiction Films of the 1970s p.61
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.47 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.40 – credits
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.25 – illustrated credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.60-61