"THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD"
Screenplay by Charles Lederer
Based on the story
"WHO GOES THERE?"
John W. Campbell Jr.
The snow piled streets at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A wind blows.
The street is empty. A bundled figure moves through the street
toward a low roofed lighted building.
A sign outside the building reads:
"OFFICER'S CLUB, DUTCH HARBOR, ALASKA"
Someone has scribbled the words under the printing "No
The figure stops in the doorway and looks at a long
thermometer. It registers twenty-five below zero. The figure
continues into the club.
INT. OFFICERS CLUB ROOM - MIDNIGHT
This is the social center for U.S.A. flying men roosting in
the polar regions. The air base is near Dutch Harbor, Alaska --
a commuting hop from the Arctic Circle. It is early winter.
The night in Dutch Harbor is long and dark.
In the room two of the six gaming tables are occupied. At
one sits a four handed bridge game. At the other sit five
men playing poker. RADIO MUSIC -- an American Service
Broadcast -- is coming a bit feebly into the room. All is
cozy and steam-heated in the room.
Among the five poker players are three men who are to be
active in our story. One is W.O. Vic MacAuliff. He is a tough,
taciturn radio man. He has seen service everywhere, heard
nearly all the languages and drunk nearly all the different
brews of the earth.
The second is Captain Pat Henry, in his early thirties.
Captain Henry has been a flyer since he shed his first
stocking cap. He is a man of whimsey and temper and also
The third is Lieutenant Eddie Dykes, a tall, homely man under
The overcoats, boots, ear-lapped military hats of the aviators
lie on an unused table nearby.
(as he shuffles and
It was about a hundred and five in
the shade in this place. The women
didn't wear any clothes at all to
speak of -- which was very intelligent
of them. You lay in a hammock and
three of them stood there fanning
you. When I die, I hope to go to
I was there.
(looking at his hand)
I open for one dollar.
He puts two chips on the table.
Scotland strikes again. I'm in. Cards,
Two other players add another chip each to the pot.
The figure has entered the room and is surveying the poker
players as it removes its wrappings. He is Ned Skeely, a
Hello, Skeely, how are you?
Faintly alive. Twenty-five below and
going down. It's a night for brass
Care to join us?
As soon as I count my fingers. I may
have lost some.
I think you know everybody here.
Players smile and say "sure."
I haven't met the gentleman, Captain.
Ned Skeely -- Angus MacAuliff.
How do you do, sir.
Mr. Skeely's a newspaper man, Mca.
We're going to put on a snow ball
fight for him tomorrow.
Skeely takes a seat next to Eddie.
(returning to the
One dollar is bet.
Against a pat hand held by a
Scotchman. Captain Henry, your
decorations for valor have gone to
your head. I'm folding.
A pair of aces.
Beats two queens.
You ought to know better than to try
fooling my pal. Only dames can do
I promised you a kick in the belly.
Forgive. Forgive. A slip of the
How'd you make out with General
Your general is nursing his secrets
like a June bride.
Deal 'em out, lieutenant.
You in, Mr. Skeely?
Yes. I am always interested in
pauperizing the air force.
I've got a big idea that involves
you, Mr. Skeely. You're not going to
get any story out of this post.
Forgarty has given us all instructions
to treat you like a Russian spy.
General Fogarty is going to end up
on his knees begging for my attention.
This is more practical, Mr. Skeely.
There's a man in Edmonton who can
give you the whole Radar defense
story. Loves to talk. General
MacLaren. You tell the General you
want to get to Edmonton -- and Pat
and I'll fly you there.
I know General MacLaren. He bores
Don't be like that! It's warm in
Edmonton! They've got girls in
Edmonton! Without fur pants on!
How about it, Captain?
Let's play cards.
Ye ought to know better than to try
and shoo our captain southward --
with his heart wrapped around the
That'll do, Mr. MacAuliff.
I open -- for two dollars.
(casually, as they
What's going on at the North Pole?
Some scientists are holding a
convention there. Looking for Polar
bear tails. Ever hear of Dr.
The fellow who was at Bikini?
They're holed in about two thousand
miles north of here, a lot of
botanists and physicists.
Including a pin-up girl. Very
interesting type. Captain Henry can
give you any data on her you want.
(looking at his cards
and speaking quietly
Someday I hope to have a co-pilot a
cut above a high school boy -- or at
least dry behind his ears --
A voice comes over the P.A. speaker.
Captain Henry. Captain Pat Henry.
Report to General Fogarty's quarters
at once, please.
Henry rises from the table.
(frowning and serious)
Twelve thirty and a general yelling
for his troops. Sounds like the old
Henry starts putting on his overcoat.
INT. GENERAL FOGARTY'S QUARTERS - NIGHT
A living room with a fire going in the fire place. The room
is fairly well furnished. Some war trophies are on the wall,
including a piece of a Japanese aeroplane, a Jap sword, and
other important war souvenirs.
Three men are in the room. One is General Fogarty, in his
forties; the second is the adjutant of the post, Major Smith.
The third is Corporal Hauser from the post's communication
(to Corporal Hauser)
If any more messages come in from
that base I want to be notified
personally, no matter what time.
Tell the O.D.
There is a knock on the door.
The door opens and a blast of freezing air hits the room as
Captain Henry enters. He closes the door.
Good evening, sir.
Corporal Hauser opens the door and exits, letting another
blast of cold into the room. The General shivers, scowls and
Freddie, any chance of the Pentagon
sending us a revolving door?
Could be. We got a gross of pith
helmets last week.
I've go something queer here from
your picnic party up north. Just
(he reads from a paper)
Believe air ship unusual type crashed
in our vicinity. Please send
facilities to investigate. Most
(he looks up)
It's from Dr. Carrington. What's it
sound like to you, Pat?
I think I'd better hop up.
I knew you'd say that. But what do
you think you'll find, besides your
I don't know. Any of our ships
Not a one.
Could be a Russky. They're all over
the Pole, like flies.
Don't get nervous. You're going.
When a double dome like Professor
Carrington says "most urgent", small
people like us have to jump. Better
take a dog team and everything you
might need for rescue work.
I'll take off at 4:30.
What's the weather, Pat?
There's a bad front moving in. But I
think there's enough time to get
there and back without bumping into
You can do me a favor, Pat.
Take that newspaper fella up with
you -- and maroon him there.
I'll invite him.
And don't get me wrong about who
gets marooned, Captain Henry. I would
appreciate it if you didn't smash a
landing ski and find it necessary to
twiddle your thumbs for a week while
it's being repaired.
That accident was unavoidable, sir.
So was Romeo and Juliet. I'll expect
you back tomorrow night -- with or
without Mr. Skeely. Good luck.
INT. C-54 PLANE
It is flying through a dimly lit sky. Below are cloud banks.
In the plane are W. O. MacAuliff, Ned Skeely, Navigator
Lieutenant Ken Ericson and Light Engineer Corporal Barnes.
Captain Henry is flying the ship, Lieut. Dykes is beside
him. MacAuliff is at his radio instrument.
A dozen huskies and several sleds are in the plane, plus a
pile of other cargo tied down under tarpaulin.
How far are we from camp?
Three hours. We've slowed down.
There's a breeze blowing.
A breeze, he says. It's hitting forty
miles. But you'll find that our
captain has some funny ideas about
the North Pole. He thinks it's a
garden spot. Come and bring the
Your yapping is out of order, Eddie.
I'm not going to tell you again --
Always squawking -- that's me! And
for no reason! Shackleton went to
the North pole once -- and retired
with a bag full of medals. I get to
go there every three weeks --- like
it was lover's lane.
I'd like you to get this straight,
Mr. Skeely, if you write anything.
I'm liaison officer between our post
and the Carrington outfit. These
flights are strictly official. Usually
bring in supplies. They're charting
magnetic currents, growing new kinds
of polar plants, looking for minerals.
That's right, Skeely. I was only
kidding. It's a terrific outfit. The
biggest collection of double domes
ever got together on an ice cake.
(to the talkers)
Something's coming through.
Henry, Eddie and Navigator Ericson put on their head phones
(listening to the ear
Somebody's gooped up!
(removing ear phones)
Give me a new reading, Ken.
I can't understand it.
Who was that?
The radio man, Hendrix -- talking
for Carrington. He wants us to correct
our compass reading twelve points
East. A magnetic disturbance is
whacking away at everything.
This is no place to make a mistake,
Pat. We were bee-lining for the place.
Hadn't we better get them back.
No. Carrington doesn't make mistakes.
We'll follow ground instructions.
A view far below of the sprawling polar settlement.
Small dots of roofs on a flat expanse of snow. The plane
EXT. POLAR PROJECT CAMP - DAY
The C-54 makes a landing on skis some two hundred feet from
the largest of the low looming buildings. The arrivals drop
out of the plane door.
A half dozen Eskimo workers belonging to the camp hurry toward
INT. LARGE ASSEMBLY ROOM OF POLAR EXPEDITION
It is 60 per cent underground. It's windows are near the
ceiling and function as transoms for light.
The room is comfortably furnished and warm. It's steam pipes
run along the wall.
In the room are Dr. Chapman, Dr. Algari and Mrs. Chapman.
Chapman is a forceful looking man in his forties. His wife
is a good looking woman of forty who is also his assistant.
Chapman is a minerologist. Algari is an elderly man, white
haired. He is a botanist.
A male cook stands at a large electric stove. He is cooking
coffee and a hot lunch in a number of pots. Chapman walks up
the stairs to the door, which is near the top of the room.
He opens it.
Captain Henry and his group come down the stairs.
Very pretty landing, Captain. We
watched it. How was the trip?
Nice ride. This is Mr. Skeely, Dr.
Chapman, Mrs. Chapman, Dr. Algari.
Mr. Skeely's a newspaperman.
Glad to know you.
Glad to have a newspaperman drop in
on us. We're a bit off the beaten
Don't tell me I'm practically at the
North Pole! Looks more like my old
Any further information, Dr. Chapman?
I'm convinced it's some sort of
Russian air craft. Probably some new
jet propelled rocket.
I very much doubt that, Hugo. I don't
understand Russian science, but it
can't be as far advanced as the
indications we have from the crashed
If it is a ship. We're all quite
Where's Dr. Carrington?
In the lab.
They'll all be here for lunch. It's
ready -- if you'd like to eat first.
From their own garden.
You have a hothouse! At the Pole!
(winking at Skeely)
They've got everything here. Wait
till you see.
I'll join you in a few minutes.
I'll take you to the lab, Captain.
Thanks. I know the way.
He starts out of the room.
Please sit down, everybody.
The group moves toward a long refectory table set with twenty
places. We follow Captain Henry out.
INT. A CONNECTING UNDERGROUND CORRIDOR BETWEEN TWO OF THE
Henry, enters it and walks toward a steep stairway. He climbs
it and knocks on a door. A voice calls.
He opens the door.
INT. NIKKI'S OFFICE AND SLEEPING QUARTERS
A small office-like room, lined with filing cabinets, holding
a desk, a typewriter stand, a voice recording machine, and a
couch that serves as a bed, is revealed. Sitting at the desk,
typing, is a vivid, young woman, Alberta Nicholson. She is
called Nikki. She stops typing and rises.
Pat! Welcome to our igloo!
Hello, Nikki. You look like seven
million dollars. How are you?
Wonderful. Sit down.
I talk better standing.
He steps up to her and embraces her ardently. She pulls out
of his embrace, calmly, and without alarm.
(she straightens her
I think Dr. Carrington is waiting
Dr. Carrington will have to wait.
He tries to embrace her again.
No, you're not.
What's the matter?
Now, don't act surprised. We've been
all through this before. I don't
like promiscuous love making. It's
Who's promiscuous? We're alone, aren't
Pat, last time you were here, I spent
three days wrestling with a typical
air corps wolf. It was like playing
puss-in-the-corner with Bluebeard or
somebody. You even invaded my bedroom,
claiming you were looking for a lost
pocketknife. Now, I'm fond of you,
Pat, but this time, if you don't
keep your hands to yourself, we're
You're fond of me, eh? Well, I'm
fond of you, too. What are we waiting
We're waiting until we get to know
Now you're on my side. Come here.
You'll get to know me.
(pushing him away)
Not that way.
What other way is there?
Didn't you ever hear the word
"conversation"? Didn't you ever read
a book, or see a movie -- or -- or
think about anything?
Yeah. But you don't want to talk
about what I'm thinking.
No, I don't. If that's all you can
I got other thoughts.
It would be an entrancing diversion
to hear one.
Well, try this one. Dames are all
That's not a thought. It's a cliché.
And a stupid cliché.
All dames want to get married. If
you ask them to marry you, you're
sincere. If you don't you're
Bluebeard, and a wolf.
Are you saying I want you to ask me
to marry you?
Never could figure them out. If you
buy a dame one meal and try to kiss
her, you're a wolf and a Bluebeard.
But if the same fellow promises to
buy her thirty thousand meals, then
he's a prospective husband and he
couldn't beat her off with a stick.
Yes, and tell a fellow your garter
belt is your own business, and he'll
think of every mean, stinking thing
in the world to say back to you!
That's the war of the sexes, I guess.
Well, I hate war!
On the other hand, it's my business.
I got a commission. Gimme a kiss,
I'm tired of you. Now, come on. Doctor
Carrington's eager to see you.
Okay. Lead on, Miss Nicholson. I
guess I came to the wrong Pole.
He follows her out.
INT. DR. CARRINGTON'S LABORATORY
This is a large chamer in a separate building. Here are
concentrated the instruments used by the various scientists
in their astronomical, mineralogical and botanical
At a large flat-topped table in the room sits Dr. Arthur
Carrington. He is a man of 43 with an alert, cheerful face.
He is good looking, well built, soft spoken. His dominant
characteristic is a smile that seems never to leave his lips.
It is present always on his face like an extra feature. He
is a genius of science and a man whose brain is focused like
a microscope on the secrets of nature. But the intensity of
his preoccupation with science is not to be heard in the
easy tones of his voice. It will be seen in the things he
does, in his point of view -- but never in his manner.
Outwardly, he seems only a good looking man full of child-
like enthusiasm for a task and with a soothing, amiable way
for his fellow man.
In the room with Dr. Carrington is a lean young man named
William Stone, in charge of the camp's photographic work and
Captain Henry stands silently in the doorway, his eyes moodily
on his scientific rival. The doctor is studying the indicator
dials of a complex instrument on the table. Bill Stone greets
Hello, Nikki. Hello, Captain Henry.
How was the trip?
He remains staring at the preoccupied Carrington who seems
aware neither of his or Nikki's presence.
Captain Henry is here, doctor.
(without looking up,
his voice amiable)
Yes, I know.
(his eyes stay on the
indicator dials and
he continues softly)
Would you take these notes, please.
(he dictates to Nikki
quietly. She writes
as he speaks)
November second, 2 p.m. Deflection
on screen nineteen continues -- twelve
point three. No lessening or wavering
of disturbing element.
(he looks up and smiles
at Henry and adds
Can we start now, Captain Henry?
Mind telling me where we're going?
Forty-eight miles due east.
Your message said an aeroplane had
crashed. Is that what we're looking
I don't know, Captain.
I'd like to know what I'm supposed
to go looking for, Dr. Carrington.
So would I.
I think we should start while the
We'll start after you've given me
what information you've got.
Is that necessary, Captain?
(he sees Henry's scowl
and is quickly
I'm very sorry. I was thinking only
of the vagueness of my information.
I dislike being vague. Will you please
read Captain Henry my first notes,
(opening the note
book in her hand and
reading from it)
November 1, 11:15 p.m. Sound detectors
registered explosion due east. 11:18
p.m. magnetic dial revealed twelve
point three deflection. Such
deflection possible only if a
disturbing force equivalent to 20,000
tons of steel or iron ore had become
part of the earth within fifty mile
That sounds like a meteor, doesn't
Yes, very much. Except for our
photographic plates. Our telescopic
cameras were working last night.
Here is the film taken between 11:12
and 11:15. Let Captain Henry see it,
Stone switches on a light in a moviola box and runs a strip
of film slowly through it. Captain Henry looks into the box.
You will note the small dot low on
the film. It is moving from west to
east. At 11:14 the dot moves upward.
At 11:15 it drops to the earth and
vanishes. A meteor might move almost
horizontally from west to east, but
never upward. If the traveling object
caused the explosion we picked up,
it is in the ice 48 miles from here.
The sound reached us four minutes
after the object's disappearance.
This gives us the approximate distance
Twenty thousand tons of steel is a
lot of metal for an aeroplane.
For the sort of aeroplane we know,
Come on, let's get going.
He walks out followed by Carrington, Stone and Nikki.
INT. C-54 PLANE
Captain Henry and Lieutenat Dykes are at the controls. The
rest of the crew are in their accustomed places. A dog sled
and a dog-team occupy the rear of the passenger cabin.
Flight Engineer Barnes is scanning the snowscape below. So
are Photographer Stone and the scientists Olson, Chapman,
Vorrhees, Laurenz and Redding. Skeely is also peering avidly
out of the window. There is an air of tension to the silence.
Only Dr. Carrington seems relaxed. He shares a seat with
From time to time Captain Henry turns around to scowl at
Nikki and Carrington.
(eagerly to her
I'm terribly excited, Arthur! I'm
jumping up and down inside!
So am I.
If the world were coming to an end,
I don't think you'd change your
expression, Arthur. You'd keep smiling --
and dictating notes -- and expect me
to take them down accurately.
And you would.
Captain Henry has risen and left Dykes at the controls. He
has walked back to Carrington and stood there waiting grimly
for their talk to end. He speaks up now with irritation.
We're fifty miles out, Doctor, and
not a sign of anything. Those gadgets
of yours must be screwy.
I doubt it, Captain. They've exhibited
no signs of lunacy in the past.
You must be off your course.
We haven't seen anything, have we?
What does that mean?
It means we haven't seen it. It
doesn't mean it isn't there.
Henry's response is interrupted by a cry from Dykes.
Hey, Pat! Look at this! The compass
is turning around!
What the holy --
We've passed it.
(calling to Dykes)
When did it start turning, Lieutenant?
Just now -- fifteen seconds ago.
Mark the time, please.
Is it a complete revolution?
Yep. Hundred and eighty degrees.
Then we flew right over it about a
mile and three eighths back.
(he calls to the
Spin it around Eddie, and take her
Henry returns to the cockpit. Carrington follows him and
stands gazing out over his shoulder.
LONG SHOT OF ICE FIELD FROM SHIP'S POINT OF VIEW
A dark patch in the ice appears.
CARRINGTON AND DYKES
There -- I see it -- over there!
It's buried in the ice.
(peering at the ground)
What do you think, Eddie?
Looks pretty smooth over there --
Fasten your seat belts, folks. We're
going to land.
THE ICE PLANE
The C-54 lands gracefully on its skis. Its occupants
disembark. Barnes and Dykes start hitching up the dog team.
(standing on tiptoe)
I can't see it from here.
It's that way. About a half mile.
A little more south, I believe.
Oh, I hope we don't lose it.
(smiling at her
This'll lead us right to it.
He holds up a Geiger counter.
A Geiger counter. But there's no
reason to suppose it's radioactive.
It is, though. I noticed in the plane.
He holds up the counter. It clicks steadily.
All set, folks.
You ride on the sled.
Nikki gets on the sled. It starts off, the rest of the party
trotting along in its tracks.
THE ICE PLAIN NEAR THE DARK PATCH
The sled stops. Nikki gets off and runs with the others to
the dark patch. They stand looking down at it from a little
hillock of snow and ice.
That's no aeroplane.
It's certainly not a meteor.
Whatever it is, how in the holy name
of Aberdeen, did it get in there?
Look, the ice is smooth as glass.
There is a little chorus of agreement and wonder.
This is the craziest thing I ever
Perhaps you'll be good enough to
explain the little mystery to all us
(staring at the dark
Anything hitting the earth's
atmosphere at an astronomical speed
would be white hot in an instant. It
would melt its way into the ice which
would then freeze over it again.
Skeely and Barnes have moved to another hillock to get a
better view of the buried object. Suddenly Skeely lets out a
(at the top of his
IT'S A SAUCER! IT'S A FLYING SAUCER!
There is an instant's silence. They all stare into the ice.
Bless my soul, that's what it is!
A saucer! A flying disc! Sure, look
from over here -- see? A real, honest-
to-God saucer! See the direction
vanes... They said there were no
such things... D'ya suppose there's
anyone in it? Must be... Sure...
Axes! Get some ice-axes!
Barnes and Dykes run for axes.
Stand back, everybody! Let me get
(widly, as Stone starts
Where's the radio generator! Hey,
(MacAuliff turns to
Scotty, come on, quick! I want to
send a message!
Nothing doing. No private messages.
What do you mean, private! I'm going
to send it to the whole world!
Sorry, Skeely. This is army
information. I'll have to wait for
authority to let you file a story.
You've got your authority from the
Constitution of the United States!
It's called freedom of the press!
I'm sending my story, Captain!
All right, send it. But not from my
Skeely glares at him in frustrated fury. Henry ignores
Skeely's rage, and turns to MacAuliff.
Call Hendrix... Have him wire Fogarty
we've found a flying disc -- intact --
imbedded in the ice -- and we're
going to get it out!
He starts for the plane -- Skeely at his heels.
Looky, Scotty! This is the biggest
story since the Red Sea! A ship from
another planet! You can't cover it
up! Have a heart! Think what this
means to the world!
I'm not working for the world. I'm
working for the army, and I've got
Even the Russians wouldn't act like
He starts back toward Captain Henry.
What do you make of that, Arthur? It
certainly doesn't look like 20,000
tons of steel.
Not even a ton, I'd say.
During the above, axes have arrived. Five of the men start
hacking feverishly through the ice. Nikki stands beside
Carrington. Captain Henry joins the men chopping on the ice.
The little group on the wind-swept snow work silently and
desperately to remove the four feet covering of ice from the
(coming up to
What do you think it's made of,
No element we know on this earth.
I don't see any door or windows in
They must be underneath.
I can't make out any engine.
I doubt if we'll find anything we
call an engine.
(arriving out of breath)
What planet do you figure it's from,
Not this one.
Must be Mars. That's the only one
that's supposed to be inhabited,
I'll be able to answer your questions
a little more accurately after I've
examined the interior of the craft
and its occupants, if any.
Skeely grabs an axe and runs toward the chopping group.
Occupants! They must be dead, though!
Dead or alive -- we'll learn a great
many things we don't know in the
The group is swinging axes. Captain Henry suddenly stops
digging. He looks up at the sun looks at his watch.
We can't make it, Eddie. The light'll
be gone in an hour. The temperature's
dropping, too, I think.
(looking toward the
That storm front's moving in fast.
But we can't quit. We've got to keep
going! It's from Mars!
I'm not going to try an instrument
landing on skis in the dark -- and
kill off everybody.
We can dig for another half hour,
If they get that close -- I'll never
get them back in the ship. They're
so excited now they don't know they're
Look, Pat -- I feel fine. I'll stay
here all night. Just leave me a
sleeping bag and some whiskey.
I got a thermite bomb on the sled.
Go get it. We'll melt the ice away.
(axe in hand)
Wonderful! What a brain!
He runs toward the sled. At the same moment one of the diggers
(axe in hand)
Here's a piece in the open! We've
The scientists and the axe wielders run over to Barnes.
Captain Henry comes over. Dr. Carrington drops to his knees
and examines a two foot metal edge protruding from the ice.
May I have a file, please?
He removes a file from his heavy clothes. The group watches
as Dr. Carrington starts using the file on the protruding
edge of the saucer.
What's it look like, Arthur?
(hitting the file
I don't know. Probably an alloy.
I'll try and get some filings. We
can analyze them tonight.
(he looks up and smiles
at the group watching
We haven't much time. I suggest you
all continue with your excavating.
No need to. We've got a thermite
Thermite! Oh, excellent!
He stops filing and rises. He stands staring down at the
machine in the ice. Lieut. Dykes arrives with a thermite
bomb, a length of wire and a plunger. MacAuliff comes running
up at the same moment.
They're relaying the message to
Fogarty now. We ought to have an
answer in an hour. I got some news
back from Hendrix. The barometer
fell down to the cellar and a freeze
is coming up like nobody's business.
He says to watch out.
I'm watching. Drill a hole for that
(moving in to the
group in time to
hear the last remark)
A bomb? Is that safe?
(as he digs the hole,
It's S.O.P. Standard Operating
Procedure for removing ice. It just
It'll uncover the whole saucer in
I'm so excited, I'm almost sick to
That's deep enough, Eddie. The light's
(softly, as he
continues to stare
at the metal mass at
Five minutes from now we may have
the key to the stars. A million years
of history are waiting in that ice
All set, Pat.
Clear the field, Mac.
Over here -- everybody. Keep together.
The crew and scientists and Nikki move across the ice, led
by MacAuliff. Eddie uncoils a hundred feet of wire and walks
with it. Captain Henry stands in the increasing wind --
surveying the dimly outlined ship in the ice.
(raising his arm)
Let her go, Eddie.
Eddie presses the plunger. There is the normal thermite bomb
explosion. A glow of the thermite flares and dies.
O.K., folks. She's clear.
Before anyone can move there is a muffled explosion. And a
second flare starts under the ice. Gradually the glare builds
up. The whole ice field becomes illuminated from beneath by
an unbearable light. The onlookers are forced to turn their
eyes away, all save Carrington, and Henry who continue to
stare at it.
A chorus of exclamations and queries rise from the group.
What is it? What happened -- Secondary
explosion? Don't look -- Shield your
eyes! How can it burn -- in the ice?
Chain reaction -- from the thermite!
What's happening to it. Tell me,
I'm afraid it's disintegrating --
(his face tense)
Secrets -- that might have given us
a new science. Gone!
Captain Henry stands aghast as the wild burning consumes the
ship under the ice. He sees its outlines run and vanish.
Skeely comes up to him.
Standard Operating Procedure, you
blind ape! You've destroyed it!
I should have thought -- I should
You sure should! The greatest
discovery in history up flames! Fine
(he wheels on Henry)
The army can be proud of itself --
turning a whole civilization into a
Fourth of July piece. Even the Indians
acted smarter toward Columbus!
Not a shred left. Every bit of it
gone -- and we know nothing --
We know one thing... what it was
made of. Obviously a magnesium alloy.
That's right. Only magnesium would
react to heat that way.
Splendid! There's a story for me.
Scientists learn magnesium burns!
Want me to mark the spot -- so we
can find it after the storm?
Captain Henry has been staring into the wind-swept ice. He
has stood silent under Skeely's abuse.
Later, Eddie. First, I want you to
bring up all your picks and axes.
Mac, I want your Geiger counter. And
bring the dog sled.
I saw something under the ice about
fifty feet from here. The flare lit
He holds the Geiger counter in front of him and starts walking
slowly. Carrington, Ericson, Barnes, Dykes and Skeely move
along at his side. The others straggle behind, MacAuliff
leading the dog team.
What was it, Captain?
I don't know. It was shaped like a
man, but it might have been a piece
of the disk.
A man! You mean somebody got out of
Probably thrown out when it crashed.
If it is a man.
(gesturing toward the
counter, which is
It's radio active. I imagine it must
be a fragment from the saucer.
Maybe. It was sure man-shaped, though.
Good work, Captain. We may salvage
(pointing at the
It's getting louder. More to your
left, I think.
There it is! There!
He points to an ice bank. Dimly visible in the ice is a two
Is this a story! The man from Mars!
It's got legs -- and a head. I can
It is! It's a man... It really is!
There is an ad lib chorus of excited remarks from the others.
There -- see it? Look -- right by
that boulder! It's an animal. No --
it's a man. Must be eight feet long.
How come it's frozen in the ice --
if it was thrown clear?
(chopping at the ice)
Same as the saucer. Got melted in.
(chopping at the ice)
How about using some thermite?
The men continue to swing their axes. MacAuliff has stepped
into a small depression in the ice and is closest to the
figure they are trying to extricate. The ice surrounding it
has become flawed from their blows, and the figure it contains
is practically invisible.
I can't see it at all now.
Hurry up, boys. I can't wait.
Sure hope it isn't a mirage.
No mirage. It's there all right.
What did it look like in the flare?
You'll believe it when you see it.
What's wrong, Mac?
(staggering away from
the block they have
I'm sick to my stomach. I sunk my
pick right into its skull -- something
green oozed out.
No harm done. It was dead anyway.
The light's going, Pat. We haven't
Hey, look. The whole block's coming
Recently formed ice. Separates easily.
All right -- everybody on it. We'll
load the whole slab onto the sled.
They load the block onto the dog sled, and start hauling it
across the ice field.
EXT. POLAR CAMP. THE LIGHT IS ALMOST GONE
The C-54 appears in the lowering sky. It flies erratically
in the increasing wind.
The plane makes a precarious landing on its skis, the rising
gale buffeting, and almost overturning it.
A half dozen bundled Eskimos come out of the camp and move
toward the plane.
Barnes, Eddie and MacAuliff pile out. They help Nikki and
the scientists alight. In the half dark, the passengers start
across the wind-blasted snow toward the camp. They move with
difficulty. Words are inaudible in the gale.
MacAuliff gestures the Eskimos toward the plane. They climb
in. Captain Henry and Eddie bring out the dogs and a sled.
The block of ice, half covered by a tarpaulin, is dropped
from the plane's door.
Working in the icy blasts now sweeping the dark, the men
move the ice-block onto a sled. Others tie the plane down,
tethering it to stakes pounded into the ice.
With the plane tied down, the party starts for the camp. The
dogs draw the sled with the ice-block on it.
EXTERIOR ENTRANCE TO STOREROOM
A series of steps have been cut through the snowbank outside
the storeroom entrance. The ice-block is unloaded from the
sled and bumped down the steep steps.
INT. STORE ROOM
It is a dimly lit room, piled with barrels of scientific
equipment. It has the look of a gloomy well stocked cellar.
The ice-block is slid into a clear space in the middle of
the room. Barrels and boxes are moved to make more room around
it, all the group assisting.
Send the Eskimos away.
They've hot footed it already. It's
going to take a lot of coaxing to
get them back.
Anyone got some whiskey?
(poking among some
Here's a whole bar room.
He removes a bottle and starts opening it.
(to Henry, nervously)
What do we do now, unveil him?
Nothing to see through the ice.
Can you turn off the heat in this
If it's necessary.
What d'you mean, turn off the heat.
It's fifty below outside.
I suggest we discuss our procedure
before we take any further steps.
Open the window, Eddie.
Eddie stares at him and climbs up to the window.
(full of tension, his
eyes on the tarp
covered block of ice)
We're wasting time, Captain! We must
melt it out. Investigate! Examine!
We're not melting it out.
(from the ladder top)
The window's closed.
Punch a hole in it.
Eddie breaks the window.
This is stupid! Criminal! The secrets
of a universe are in there. We are
It's almost certain that we'll be
called in by the army to make a study
of it later, Captain.
You can't fly the thing to Dutch
Harbor! This storm may last for weeks.
No human can walk in it.
I'm sorry, gentlemen. I'll wait
instructions from General Fogarty.
I think you're making a crazy
decision. There's no army precedent
for how to treat a Martian. And nobody
is better qualified to take our
visitor apart than these gentlemen
of science. You couldn't ask for
more geniuses at an autopsy.
It's staying in the ice.
You're behaving like a meddlesome
sophomore, Captain Henry! There are
organisms that survive after death.
Cold may destroy them.
They may be dangerous organisms.
Disease germs from another planet.
We're not prepared medically to cope
That is absolute nonsense, Redding!
Nor do we know what effect the air
of our earth may have on the
Yes, I'd feel kind of foolish if
this thing disappeared in a cloud of
smoke like that saucer did.
Arthur, you are in charge of this
We have every right to proceed
Captain Henry, I can only urge you
in the interest of human knowledge
to permit us to examine the body in
We don't have to be permitted! We
have thirty men in this camp -- all
Your request is denied, Dr.
Carrington. That ice-block and what's
in it is army property. And this is
a military installation. As head of
the military here, I'm taking over.
Martial law, eh!
Until I receive instructions from my
superior officer on what to do --
we'll mark time. I'm posting a guard
to keep everybody out -- and
everybody's hands off -- in the
Captain Henry is doing what he
It's difficult for me to mark time --
with such amazing information waiting
for us -- but I accept your decision.
I suggest that your guard use one of
our electric blankets to keep warm.
Will you get him one, Fred.
A mechanic present nods.
Thanks. How do we get to your radio
I'll show you.
(he starts out)
The radio room! I'm getting senile!
I forgot all about it.
Skeely starts out.
Mind if I have a last peek at our
He goes to the ice-block, and pulls off the tarpaulin. The
dim two-legged shape is blurringly visible inside the block.
Come on, Eddie.
(staring at the frosted
I can't quite make it out yet, but I
know one thing. They don't breed 'em
for beauty on Mars.
The rest of the group leaves through the inner door. We stay
with Ken. He stands alone in the cellar, leaning against a
barrel. He picks up a whiskey bottle and takes a swig. Then
he approaches the block of ice. He stares into it for a moment
and backs away. He removes his gun from its holster, and
resumes his place leaning against the barrels, his eyes
nervously on the ice-block.
INT. UNDERGROUND CORRIDOR - CONNECTING CELLAR AND RADIO
Led by Dr. Carrington, the group moves down the shadowy
length. Skeely is talking as he walks beside Captain Henry.
(his excitement a
contrast to the
silence of the
scientists and army
Can you imagine what's going to happen
when this story hits the headlines!
Everybody who owns a sled is going
to start for the North Pole for a
look at the man from Mars. Gentlemen,
you'll be doing a bigger business
than Coney Island in a week! What a
shame, he's dead! An interview with
a live Martian! That would have been
something, eh? Look, Captain, you've
got to let these boys get at that
corpse as soon as possible. Our
readers will be waiting for details.
You're liable to give the whole nation
a nervous breakdown.
INT. RADIO ROOM
The entire communication equipment of the post is housed
here. A step-ladder leads to a trap-door which in turn leads
to a small observation tower above the radio room. Sitting
at, the radio controls is Ezra Hendrix, the operator.
The group enters. Ezra is a stocky young man. He is full of
excitement as he turns to the arrivals.
I'm using full power. The lousy pole
is shooting electricity all over the
I'm Captain Henry. Any messages for
Yes. Came through a few minutes ago.
(he reads from a piece
Fogarty to Henry. Remove flying saucer
from ice at once. Use thermite bomb
to melt her out. Erect temporary
structure to protect find until my
arrival with staff chiefs.
That's what I like about the army.
Smart -- all the way to the top.
Well, Captain, that gives you a chance
to pass the buck on that thermite
Will you send this to General Fogarty?
Make it short, will you, Captain?
There's a hundred and fifty million
people holding their breaths --
Henry to Fogarty. Flying saucer
completely destroyed by thermite
bomb, due to unforeseen composition
of ship. Have removed dead passenger
(as he taps the key)
You got a Martian? Where is he?
On ice, buddy. Hurry it up -- I've
got a flash for you.
The static's knocking us out of the
Keeping dead body in block of ice.
Carrington wants permission to remove
and examine. Waiting your instructions
before further action. That's all.
O. K. Cosmopolitan Press Office, New
York City. You can clear through
Edmonton. Try our bureau there.
With Carrington expedition. North
Pole -- The world has a new visitor
today, a two legged creature from
You are being a little premature,
Mr. Skeely. That has not been
You can un-establish it -- if I'm
I know it's dead.
I mean the sender. Nothing's going
Keep clicking, man! It can't quit on
Another telegraph clicking sound comes through.
Something's coming in.
He starts writing.
It will alter our situation, Captain --
if we can't get through to your
The situation remains as it is --
until we do.
(reading from the
paper on which he
has been writing)
Everything grounded -- can't join
you. Want you to --
(he looks up)
The rest is scrambled, Captain.
Can't pick it up.
He didn't get my message?
Doesn't look like it. We're a weaker
station than the one at your base,
Captain. I may be able to pick them
up -- if they keep sending -- but
our outgoing stuff is hopeless.
Lookie! You can't stop! I've got to
get this story through. Send it
anyway. Some ham may pick it up --
there's millions of them. Send it!
Pat, how about heading back for Dutch
I don't think we can get as far as
the plane -- in this wind.
(desperately, as he
leans over Ezra)
Keep hitting it, pal! Somebody'll
get it -- somewhere. Keep clicking...
Ezra clicks desperately away on his instrument. The group
stands waiting and silent.
INT. BEDROOM OF THE POST. NIGHT
This is a large dormitory with cot beds in it, lining the
walls. Henry, Eddie, Barnes and Skeely are in the room.
Skeely is walking up and down, peering out of the window at
the storming night.
Eddie sits on a cot. Barnes is curled up on another cot.
Henry is at a window, looking out.
You know something? These scientists
here remind me of the time I was
stuck on Bulan Island with the Hundred
and Sixteenth. An army nurse came
ashore one day and created a
disturbance similar to this Martian.
(from his cot)
What happened to her, Lieutenant?
Nothin' she didn't like. I'm just
wondering if the professors will try
to rush us, Pat.
Might relieve the monotony if they
I'd hate to have to shoot down
seventeen of the world's greatest
geniuses. You know somethin'?
They're kids, all of them. Nine year
olds drooling over a new fire engine.
Scientists! Did you notice those two
double domes who started crying --
when we left the table?
This storm is getting worse, Captain.
Yes, it's tossing around some.
There's only one thing we can do --
dog sleds! We can wrap General Fogarty
up and take him along.
That's my name for our pretty boy
from Mars. He has the same dubious
relation to a human being as that
pot-bellied clam in Dutch Harbor.
Dog sleds, Captain, are our only
Solution to what?
Getting out of here -- we could make
the base in five days --
Cut the yammering, will you. I've
got enough on my mind. It's death
outside. The storm will knock off
even the Polar bears.
The door opens and MacAuliff enters.
He's going crazy.
Are you nuts? There's only one
There's two now. Skeely's baptized
our Martian with the same name.
What about the General?
Incoming stuff is pretty jammed. But
I've figured it to read there's been
a leak in Washington. News of our
find has made the papers. Congress
and the President and a lot of other
top brass want further details.
They're not picking up anything from
Not a crackle.
What's the joke, Skeely?
A picture of my editor just came to
me... tearing up and down his office --
breaking windows and yelling for
Skeely. I can almost hear him. He's
liable to shoot himself by midnight.
The door flings open. Navigator Ken Ericson enters. He is in
a high state of agitation.
What's up, Ken?
It's eleven five. You're supposed to
relieve me at eleven.
You've left your post!
He's late. He was supposed to come
I can't take it any longer, Captain.
You can see it now! The ice has
cleared up. It's got crazy hands. No
ears, and a lot of eyes. They're all
open! I turned a flash on it -- and
it looked like it was moving. And I
Get back to your post.
Barnes will be right along.
He turns and walks slowly out of the room.
I'm going to have a look.
You're staying out of there, Skeely --
along with everybody else. Put on
your flightsuit, Barnes. And get in
there before Ken starts having
(pulling on his
That's the first squawk I've heard
out of Ken since Ploesti. I don't
All I want is to verify what I know --
about it's being four-eyed.
He didn't say four eyes. He said --
Never mind what he said. I'm barring
You're being a little stuffy about
this whole thing, Captain Henry.
I won't need the electric blanket --
if I got this suit plugged in. So in
case you care to send me any company,
I could make them comfortable,
I'll relieve you myself at 2 a.m.
And don't leave your post.
Pat's right, Barney. If you give
them a chance, those scientists will
have him out -- waltzing with him.
O.K., Captain. I'll expect you at 2
Barnes opens the door. Nikki is in the doorway. She is dressed
in a fetching looking outfit.
Good evening, Miss Nicholson.
Hello. May I come in?
We're a bit untidy.
(smiling at him)
Dreadfully unsocial atmosphere around,
even for the North Pole.
I'm sorry to have contributed to
your gloom, Miss Nicholson.
Miss Nicholson! Is that what happens
under martial law -- everybody loses
Did you want to see me about anything
No. I was having a drink -- all by
myself in my room... and playing the
phonograph. And I suddenly felt I
was being very selfish. All that
lovely music, only for me.
(smiling at her)
That's what I'm hinting at, Mistah
I'll be in Miss Nicholson's quarters
if anything comes up.
I take it Miss Nicholson's quarters
are also out of bounds for civilians.
During army occupation only.
He moves Nikki through the door.
INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE NIKKI'S ROOM
Nikki and Captain Henry approach it. They walk in silence.
Nikki opens the door.
INT. NIKKI'S ROOM AND OFFICE
(a bit sarcastically)
You sure you trust me with little
you all alone in your bedroom?
Yes, I think I can.
Very manly. You ought to wear pants.
(handing her a drink)
Outside of that news, what's on your
I want a favor.
Uh -- huh...
(producing a bathrobe
I want to tie your hands behind your
(in a sudden temper)
Oh, for -- Look, you asked me in
here -- I didn't break down the door --
why make a production of --
Please, Pat. I said it was a favor...
All right, then. But no practical
Here. Sit here. And put your hands
around the back.
The Secretary of Defense will never
(as she ties)
It's all very simple. First there's
a boogyman in a cake of ice down in
the cellar. I've got a small case of
jumps, and I want company.
Is this the way you usually entertain
(she has finished
tying his hands)
How about a drink.
I'd love it. And a long straw, please.
(picking up a glass
and holding it for
Henry while he drinks)
Second, I want you to know that out
on the ice today, I noticed the way
you jumped in between me and the
Could we get to the point? Why am I
Because I want to tell you how much
I admire you without getting
fingerprints all over my clavicle.
Thanks for the compliment. Both of
I'm going to have a straight one.
But don't get your hopes up. Liquor
doesn't make me amorous.
(as she tosses off a
It ought to. Nothing else does.
(eyeing him steadily)
I liked the way you handled yourself
today, Pat. And I liked the way you
stood up to all the big wigs, and
refused to let them play around with
the -- with the thing.
You like everything about me, but
me, is that it?
No. I like you, too. In fact, I'm
going to kiss you.
Untie me, honey.
No. I'm going to kiss you, not wrestle
Talk about Japanese tortures --
Nikki kisses him briefly and precisely.
That was very nice.
(she pours herself
See what a good time we can have
when you're forced to behave yourself.
Nikki, what you don't know about
making love would populate the whole
interior of Australia.
I'll learn. When I'm good and ready.
They say it comes naturally.
Untie me now?
Not on your life.
(she kisses him again)
Admit it, Pat. This was a great idea.
Look at you -- sitting talking to me
like a civilized man instead of
grabbing around like a throwback.
Why, if you weren't tied up, I
wouldn't have dared tell you how
much I liked you...
(producing a cigarette)
Got a light?
a match and lighting
You see, your trouble is you don't
know anything about women. You have
no -- no technique. What a woman
likes is to --
She stops and stares at Henry's hands, which are resting
quietly in his lap.
Among other things you don't know is
how to tie a knot.
(he stands up and
grins at her)
It's very likely because the only
knots you have on your mind are
marital ones. Good-night, Miss
He goes out.
A faint light from the underground hallway comes through a
transom. Barnes enters. The electric blanket discarded by
Ken lies on a nearby packing case. It is plugged into the
electric light socket, hence no light in the room. Barnes
snaps on his flashlight and gets a bottle of whiskey out of
another case, opens it, and takes a long swig. He leans over
and plugs his flying suit into the other half of the double-
socket shared by the electric blanket's plug. He takes another
drink and, sitting in the semi-dark, starts whistling "Ragtime
Suddenly he stops whistling and laughs.
Whistling in the dark, aren't you,
He lifts the whiskey bottle again, then sits staring toward
the ice-encased mummy.
All right, let's ses what you look
like, sonny boy ---
He switches on his flashlight, and centers its beam on the
ice-block. As Ericson said, the ice is now almost transparent.
Through it, only partially distorted, can be seen an unearthly
horror. It has a bulbous head, a tiny suck-hole for a mouth,
multiple eyes, no ears. Its arms are extra-long, ending in
thorny clusters, rather than hands. It stares malevolently
through the ice.
Barnes lets out a grunt of dismay, and turns the flashlight
He drinks again, and then starts making himself comfortable.
He uses a bag of flour for a pillow, and prepares to stretch
out on the floor. Abruptly he shines the flashlight on the
Quit staring at me!
He sees the blanket lying on the nearby packing case. He
picks it up, and throws it over the ice-cake.
I could go nuts looking at you...
He lies down, puts his head on the flour sack and taking a
magazine from his pocket prepares to read. The camera moves
to the electric blanket now covering the ice-cake, then
follows the electric connection down to the indicator affixed
to the cord. The indicator hand points to the "full on"
After a moment, the camera moves back to the floor beneath
the ice block. A slow dripping has commenced. The sounds of
the rising storm outside obscure the pit-pat of the drops
hitting the floor. A small puddle starts to form.
It is now a large puddle, very large.
The camera pans across the wet floor, and discovers the puddle
is close to Barnes' legs.
CLOSE SHOT - BARNES
He is having difficulty reading. His flashlight has started
to wane. He snaps it on and off, experimentally. The battery
is nearly dead. Barnes aims it at the printed page once more,
then decides it is useless for the time being. He snaps it
off, and stretches himself out more comfortably.
A splinter of light from the hallway outside still illuminates
CLOSE SHOT OF PUDDLE
It continues to grow. The howl of the storm outside does not
STAIRWELL OUTSIDE STOREROOM
The form of a sled dog appears. It stands poised at the top
of the steps for an instant, pointing eagerly at the storeroom
window. It is joined by three or four more sled dogs. They
start to bark angrily, their snouts still aimed at the
storeroom window. They run down the stairwell and press their
muzzle against the storeroom door.
INTERIOR STOREROOM CLOSE SHOT OF BARNES
He is sleeping. The barking and eager whining of the dogs
can now be heard over the storm noises outside. The CAMERA
PANS down to Barnes' legs. The puddle has reached them, and,
as we look, they stir slightly, causing a little splatter of
water. Barnes abruptly sits up into the picture.
(staring into the
darkness at his feet)
What the --
At this moment, a moving shadow falls across his face. He
looks up quickly. An expression of pure terror appears on
his face. He screams eerily, springs to his feet, and jerks
out his revolver. He fires six times, then, still screaming,
jumps for the storeroom door, the cord from his flying suit
snapping out of the fixture and trailing behind him. He yanks
open the door and runs into the corridor.
Barnes races down the corridor, yelling at the top of his
It's alive! It's alive! It's alive!
INT. MAIN CORRIDOR
As Barnes appears, still yelling, doors have begun to pop
open. Captain Henry, pyjama-clad, gun in hand, comes running
out of his room and grabs Barnes.
The other inmates, in various stages of undress, tumble out
into the hallway only minutes later. Barnes continues to
Shut up! Cut it out!
(he slaps Barnes, who
stops screaming, and
stands sobbing with
Now! What is it? What happened?
(almost in shock)
It -- it -- it came after me! It's
alive, I tell you!
Did you fire those shots?
(staring past him)
I shot it -- six times -- it kept on
coming at me.
(releasing Barnes and
wheeling to Dykes,
Ericson and MacAuliff)
Sounds like some joker's loose. Come
on. Bring your guns.
He starts for the storeroom, Eddie, Ken, and Mac following.
(to Mrs. Chapman,
Esther, better give this lad a
sedative. I'll be right back.
He starts up the hall. Carrington appears in his doorway.
Did I hear right? The boy said it
Probably had a bad dream.
Wait for me, Arthur.
You stay here, Nikki.
(he stops and faces
the group in the
I'd appreciate it if you'd all wait
in the living room until we can check
this nightmare. Thanks.
He continues down the corridor, Chapman following.
Henry leads the way into the room. He snaps on a light, and
stands staring at the electric blanket in the puddle of water.
Those double-domes! They stole it.
No. The kid said it was alive! I
knew it -- all the time I was here --
I could feel it!
Nuts! How'd it get out of the ice?
For answer, Pat indicates the electric blanket.
Somebody threw a hot blanket on it.
I know who. Those six-year old
Einsteins, that's who.
Carrington and Chapman have appeared in the doorway.
What did we do, Lieutenant?
Swiped the freak. Hustled it off
somewhere to take it apart, that's
I assure you, Lieutenant --
All heads are turned toward the open door. Over the whine of
the wind they hear a chorus of savage barking and growling.
The sled dogs --
He's out there --
They'll tear him to pieces!
Abruptly, Carrington brushes through the group, and darts
out into the howling night. He is clad only in his pajamas
Arthur -- are you mad!
Henry curses under his breath and charges in pursuit. Locating
Carrington with his flashlight, he brings him down with a
flying tackle. Carrington struggles to escape Henry's grasp,
but Henry succeeds in leading him back into the storeroom.
The storm noises have made their exclamations inaudible.
Mac -- get flying suits -- hurry --
MacAuliff runs out.
If you please -- Captain -- you may
release me now --
That was a pretty stupid move -- for
You'd have been frozen to death in
Too much zeal, I'm afraid. Forgive
(peering into the
Over there -- I see something!
Put out the light.
Dykes snaps off the storeroom light. The four men gaze
intently into the dark night. Henry turns on his flashlight.
Skeely enters the storeroom.
Where is it? Is it really alive? Can
it talk? Who else saw it beside
Barnes? What are you doing? Is it
out there? Speak to me, somebody!
(he listens and looks
for another moment)
They're still barking.
numb lips -- his
If only the dogs follow it. We'll
never find it otherwise.
(a howl of dismay)
Don't tell me you've lost it -- you
bungling army boob. This is worse
than Pearl Harbor!
MacAuliff enters, carrying flight suits.
Here you are, Pat.
Grab one, Eddie.
May I have one, Captain?
Army personnel only.
(through his teeth)
Wait till you see what I write about
you! You'll shoot yourself!
(zipping his suit up)
Snap it up, boys.
He grabs his flashlight, and runs out into the storm.
MacAuliff and Dykes follow a second later. Skeely, Carrington,
and Chapman remain staring after them.
The army officers, leaning against the iron wind, grope their
way toward the barking dogs. Their flashlights are almost
useless in the snow flurries raised by the gale. They stop
and confer for a second, their words carrying no further
than the ear they are shouted into. Henry points with his
flashlight, and the trio alters course accordingly.
Suddenly a flashlight beam picks up some moving forms. All
three flashlights center on the activity, but snow flurries
continue to intervene. Dimly, a struggle can be discerned.
The officers move toward it. A sudden increase in the wind
knocks them down. They continue toward the barking and
struggling, crawling on their hands and knees.
MEDIUM SHOT OF DOG PACK FROM HENRY'S POINT OF VIEW
The dogs are tearing at a figure in their midst. A sheet of
flying snow blots out the scene. When it reappears, the figure
Henry, MacAuliff, and Dykes crawl into the scene. Two dogs
lie dead in the snow. A third is wounded so hideously that
Dykes shoots it.
Henry signals his pals to pick up the dead dogs. They each
Henry stops and examines the ground. He picks up two objects,
looks around, then starts back to the camp.
INT. DR. CARRINGTON'S LABORATORY
It is crowded with nearly all the members of the expedition.
The scientists are ranged around Carrington's table. The
others stand behind him.
Carrington is bent over the table. Captain Henry, MacAuliff
and Eddie are immediately around him.
A bright beam of light is focused on the table center, hidden
from our eyes as we come on the scene.
The crowd around the table is silent and tense, as at some
overwhelming dramatic performance.
Nikki stands beside the doctor. She is dressed in pajamas
and a woolen robe. All the others in the laboratory are also
hastily dressed, some in bath robes and slippers, some in
sweaters and work pants.
Skeely's large bulk is crowded behind Captain Henry, peering
over his shoulder.
(as he works)
Can you describe what you saw,
The dogs had him down, tearing at
I saw him get up, with three dogs on
The cold's blinding. I couldn't make
out the action. But when we got there
two of the dogs were dead.
They looked like they'd been through
a chopper. Mince meat!
I found the hand under one of them.
They must have torn it off.
How could dogs tear off a hand?
This kind of a hand.
He is bent over the object on the table, looking at it through
a powerful lens.
On it lies a hand and part of a forearm. The hand has ten
stringy looking fingers, twice the human length. They are
stiffened and resemble a slightly arced set of thin knives
more than fingers.
Sharp as razors, aren't they?
(studying the knife
Yes -- a sort of chitinous substance.
Speak English -- will you!
Something between a beetle's back
and a rose thorn.
Thorn fingered, eh?
(trying to bend one
They may be frozen.
I don't think so.
Well, we know one fact about him.
He's dead now.
What is your opinion, Captain?
I don't know. He stayed alive in a
block of ice for twenty-four hours.
After I'd sunk a pick into his skull.
And he got up -- with twelve dogs on
(bending over the
That's blood on the arm, isn't it,
Yes -- but not his blood.
From the dogs?
Carrington has been working on the arm with a scalpel.
There's no blood in the arm. No animal
tissue. Have a look at this under
the microscope, George.
He hands a bit of material to Dr. Auerback, who adjusts it
under a microscope.
(his voice soft as he
I doubt very much if it is dead. I
doubt if it can die -- as we
It's bound to freeze to death outside.
It got along all right in a block of
ice -- for twenty-four hours.
(from the microscope)
No arterial structure indicated,
Arthur. No nerve endings visible.
Porous, unconnected cellular growth.
I imagined that.
Sounds like you're trying to describe
a vegetable, doctor.
(hunched over the
hand, his eye peering
through his lens)
Are you getting all this, Nikki?
(who has been writing
in her pad)
That's why the bullets fired into it
by Corporal Barnes had no effect.
They merely punched a few holes into
some vegetable matter.
What about the green stuff I saw
ooze out of its head?
There is some of it in the hand. I
think we will find it has a sugar
Like -- plant sap?
You mean -- its some kind of a super
A carrot that can construct a ship
beyond our terrestrial intelligence,
of materials we have not yet created --
and guide it sixty million miles or
more through space.
But you don't think it has any
It has an intelligence beyond ours --
and possibly feelings equally refined.
Vegetable with a brain --
An intellectual carrot! The mind
It shouldn't. Imagine how strange it
would have seemed in the pliocene
age to forecast that worms, fish,
and lizards that crawled over the
earth were going to evolve -- into
us. On the planet from which our
visitor came, vegetable life underwent
an evolution similar to that of our
own animal life, which would explain
the superiority of its brain. Its
development was not handicapped by
emotional or sexual factors.
Dr. Carrington, you're a man who's
won the Nobel prize. You've received
every kind of international kudos a
scientist can attain. If you were
for sale I could get a million bucks
for you from any foreign government.
I am not, therefor, I going to stick
my neck out and say that you are
stuffed absolutely clean full of
wild blueberry muffins, but I promise
you that my readers are going to
Not for long, Mr. Skeely. In fact,
not even for a moment if they happen
to know anything about the flora of
their own planet.
You mean there are vegetables right
here on earth that -- that can think?
A certain kind of thinking, yes. Did
you ever hear of the Telegraph Vine?
Or the Acanthus Century Plant?
The Century plant catches mice, bats,
squirrels -- any mammals small enough
to evade its privacy. It lures them
with a bait of sweet syrup then it
closes like a fist and feeds on the
corpse of its catch. It is only a
plant but its brain can obviously
outwit a species far above it in the
scale of minds as we measure them.
Thanks, doctor. And what's a Telegraph
A vine that has proven beyond doubt
that it can signal to other vines of
its species twenty or one hundred
miles away. If an insect migration,
for instance, is moving in a certain
direction, it will devour the first
vine but the second one, having been
warned, will have altered its chemical
structure so that the insects find
That's one for Ripley.
There are hundreds of other examples.
No, Mr. Skeely, intelligence in
vegetable and plants is an old story
on this planet of ours. Older even
than the animal arrogance that has
May I have your scalpel, George?
Carrington a surgical
The palm seems soft.
(he cuts it open)
Yes -- the neat and unconfused
reproductive technique of vegetation.
No pain or pleasure as we know them.
None. Our superior in every way.
The absence of ears of the creature
might indicate that it has a hearing
system superior to ours.
Or that it is deaf.
It probably neither hears nor sees
as we do -- but receives magnetic
We can safely presume that the planet
on which it lived is colder than
ours and that its atmosphere is too
thin to conduct sound waves.
Or that there is any oxygen in its
air content -- a planet would need
It's amazing how it was able to adjust
itself to the vitally altered
conditions of earth -- and stay alive.
It's mysteries will be explained
when we -- communicate with it.
Perhaps -- before.
He looks at the seeds in his hands.
You think those seeds are alive?
That would be -- too strange, don't
He frowns at Laurenz.
Absolutely. There are certain things
which are --- impossible.
I think we're overlooking something.
What is that, Captain?
What -- it's doing.
Probably looking for another block
of ice to hide in. A vegetable would
head for cold storage...
instinctively. Keep it from rotting.
I don't think so. There's no reason
for it to stay out in that storm if
it can move. And I saw it move.
It ran out into the cold. I think
our surmise that it requires a cold
temperature is correct.
Obviously. That's why the saucer
tried to land in our Polar regions.
They corresponded to the conditions
of its own planet.
There might be another reason. Its
passengers could have wanted to keep
their arrival secret.
What's on your mind, Pat?
I have an idea it's inside the camp.
It headed into the storm because it
smelled the dogs and was hungry.
Inside the camp! Gentlemen -- what I
would give for an interview!
I don't think it eats, Captain. There
is no evidence of any animal digestive
If it doesn't eat, it does something.
(to the group)
I'd like a half dozen men to go along
with Lt. Dykes and me. We don't need
guns. Knives, clubs and axes will be
I grant you it may have returned to
the camp -- and hid itself on the
premises, Captain. But there's no
reason to go after it -- like an
It didn't look friendly -- in the
snow outside, doctor.
It's a stranger in a strange land --
with strange -- unearthly features
and attributes. The only crimes
involved are those that man and nature
have committed against it. It crashed
in an air ship, was frozen in the
ice, had its head split open by a
pick, and was attacked by a pack of
fierce dogs. I see no reason to give
it a bad character, Captain.
It went after the dogs. I'm in charge
of the search, doctor. And I'm going
to look for it, my way.
(his voice rising)
It would be criminal vandalism to
injure the visitor further. We must
find it -- and treat it as our
superior whose brain -- if we can
communicate with it -- is full of
unique and overwhelming knowledge.
We must --
(he breaks off and
stares at the table)
(his eyes on the table)
Holy Heaven! It's moving!
It's alive -- look out!
We see the hand moving on the table. Its knife fingers flex
and unflex. The sliced palm tightens into a fist and opens
again. Some of the watchers step away from the table, a terror
in them. Carrington remains bent over the hand. Captain Henry
stays beside him.
(softly, as the hand
Yes, Doctor --
At two forty-five the hand became
alive. The temperature of the forearm
showed a twenty degrees rise.
He is studying a thermometer removed from the arm as he
dictates. There is a hush. The only sound is that made by
the knife fingers beating on the table. During the hush,
Carrington takes the surgical scalpel and cuts his thumb.
He holds the bleeding thumb over the moving hand. His blood
drops on the forearm. The hand's activity is increased. Its
fingers move more quickly as they beat on the table top.
Carrington continues his dictating.
I believe the activity due to the fact that the organism
when it's temperature rose was able to ingest the nourishment
provided by the canine blood with which it was covered...
CORRIDOR LEADING FROM KITCHEN
Six or seven supply rooms open on this corridor. A searching
party led by Captain Henry is in the process of examining
Henry carries a Geiger counter with which he scans each door
before opening it and sweeping it with his flashlight.
Carrington, MacAuliff, Dykes, Laurenz, Voorhees, Stone and
Chapman comprise the rest of the searching party. With the
exception of Carrington and Skeely, who are unarmed, they
carry an assortment of ice-axes, iron rods, shovels and other
improvised weapons. Skeely carries a camera.
(as Henry searches)
You sure you know how to use that
I ran one of these things on Iwo
Jima. Never got out of focus once,
during the entire bombardment.
Hey, Captain --
What do you want?
If we catch up with our pal I want a
couple of hundred feet of film...
before anyone starts making a salad
out of him.
(a touch sharply)
No one has any intention of injuring
him, Mr. Skeely.
And no chance of finding him I'd
say. He'd never hide in the camp --
not after the reception Barnes gave
Henry has completed his inspection of the supply rooms.
No dice in this end. Come on.
He leads the way.
INTERIOR RADIO ROOM
A short corridor leads to a windowless chamber that houses
ths camp's generators. The party with Henry and his Geiger
counter in the van, crosses the radio room.
Hendrix looks up from his telegraphy.
Looks like a lynching bee. What's
We heard you got the Mars man hidden
What! You mean it's -- it's --
Mr. MacAuliff is being amusing.
I don't want any part of that thing.
In fact, I'd like to go home.
INTERIOR GENERATING ROOM
Henry's flashlight probes its corners.
As he closes the door.
The party moves along. As it reaches a doorway, Henry's geiger
counter begins to click.
He moves toward the doorway. The clicking of the counter
It's in there! Eddie -- Mac --
(with a small chuckle)
No, Captain. That's the mineralogy
lab. We've got radioactive isotopes
Your Geigers reacting to a roomful
of uranium ore samples.
Let's check it anyway.
Dykes and MacAuliff stand beside him as he pushes open the
door and snaps on the light.
INTERIOR MINERALOGY LAB
Save for the scientific paraphenalia that clutters it, it is
empty. Henry switches off the light.
INTERIOR END OF CORRIDOR
The party has halted by a closed door at the end of the
(trying the door)
I'm sorry -- I forgot. I'll get the
He hurries away.
Nothing else was locked up. What's
The greenhouse. We have to keep it
locked. The Eskimos have a weakness
for our strawberries.
We use artificial sunlight. It's
quite a garden. We raise our own
tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce.
Shut up a minute!
What is it?
(his ear at the door)
There's something moving inside.
There is a silence as everyone listens intently. Carrington
puts his ear to the door.
Yes, I hear it. It's the ventilator.
The fan needs oiling.
The group relaxes.
We've been through every crevice of
the camp. If it's not in there, we're
cooked. Just think -- we've lost a
flying saucer and a man from Mars
all in one day. What a bunch of
(proffering the key)
Here you are, Captain.
Henry takes the key and opens the door.
Henry is opening the
I wonder what they would have done
to Columbus if he'd discovered
America, and then lost it.
Henry opens the door slowly. He aims his flashlight and snaps
Henry's flashlight illumines the greenhouse for several
moments, playing over its plants and bushes. Henry switches
on the artificial sunlight arcs. A queer glow suffuses the
greenery. Henry enters, the others follow.
They stand staring into the corners of the large room. It is
empty and silent.
He starts forward to examine the spaces concealed by the
shrubbery. Skeely and Carrington move with him.
Stay here, please. Near the door.
My, you're big and brave. What are
you going to do, catch him all alone?
I'm still waiting to see if he wants
to catch me. Eddie -- Mac -- come
The soldier trio makes a round of the hothouse. The others
CLOSE SHOT OF CARRINGTON
He is watching the moving flyers. Suddenly he sees something
that brings a glint of excitement to his eye. He starts to
speak, then reconsiders and changes the incipient remark
into a cough.
MEDIUM SHOT GROUP AT DOOR
(closest to Carrington)
What's that, Arthur?
Nothing. I just noticed. The Mendelson
molds are vitiated. We mustn't neglect
Voorhees and Laurenz look at Carrington curiously. He shakes
his head imperceptibly. They refrain from comment.
Henry and his colleagues complete their round of the
Well, that's it, I guess.
Yes, and isn't it dandy. We're
certainly going to be a famous group.
Like the Donner Party.
Dr. Chapman was right. Our pal is
probably holed up in a snowbank.
After all, he's lost a hand and had
six bullet holes shot in him. Animal,
vegetable or mineral, he must need a
The others laugh. Their mood is much lighter now, except for
Skeely, who stares morosely at the floor.
We'll start searching outside as
soon as it's light.
We'd better do it in relays. A half
hour is about all you can stand in
that cold now.
Good idea. Report to Lt. Dykes and
he'll arrange a scedule for you.
(He reaches for the
Not right away, Captain. Doctor
Voorhees and Professor Laurenz and I
want to do some emergency work on
those molds. Goodnight, gentlemen.
There is a chorus of goodnights as the others move out. Henry
stands looking at Carrington for a moment.
Kind of late to start work now, isn't
It's easy to see you're no scientist,
Captain Henry. Work is what we do
when we want to relax.
Henry continues to study him for another moment.
I see. Goodnight.
He goes out. Carrington quickly closes the door behind him.
He bolts it. Laurenz and Voorhees watch him expectantly.
Carrington turns and smiles at them brightly.
The MacCormick molds -- look!
He points. Laurenz and Voorhees regard the plants he
They're wilted, from cold.
But it's warm in here.
Isn't it? So what do you conclude?
(without waiting for
an answer he continues)
Those molds would be in the direct
path of a blast of icy air if that
rear door were opened. Ten or twenty
seconds of such an exposure, and
they would wilt. I repeat, gentlemen,
what do you conclude?
But that bolt hasn't been pulled.
How could the door be opened?
For answer Carrington strides to the rear door. Leaving the
bolt still in "Shot" position, he turns the knob and pulls.
The door opens.
Voorhees and Laurenz move quickly to the door. The wind
whistles about them as the three scientists examine the bolt.
INSERT - CLOSEUP OF BOLT
It has been cleanly severed.
Filed clean through!
BACK TO GROUP. Carrington closes the door.
(as he does so)
Not filed, Andrew. Cut.
Yes. Of course. Those razor-like
fingers on the hand!
But the power -- to cut through that
steel -- like butter --
Incredible. Really incredible.
(his eyes darting
around the greenhouse)
Then it's been in here.
(also scanning his
Beyond a doubt.
Stand here. See?
The storage bin. See how the light
glistens on it.
Carrington crosses to a two and a half foot storage bin, and
stares at it.
CLOSE SHOT - STORAGE BIN
Its handle glistens strangely.
BACK TO GROUP
Carrington touches the handle with his forefinger. It is
coated with a viscous fluid. Carrington rubs it between his
thumb and forefinger, then smells it.
A smear of sap -- from the wounded
(indicating the bin)
Pull it down, please.
Laurenz and Voorhees take hold of the bin and start to lift
it to the floor. It falls from their grasp.
The bin crashes over on its side. A body topples out of it
and crashes at their feat. It is the corpse of a dog.
Carrington kneels down and examines it.
(feeling the dog)
Not dead over an hour.
See if there's any congealed blood
in the bin, Andrew.
(as Voorhees inspects
Seems rather shrunken, doesn't it?
Its blood has been drained.
The bin is clean.
Now we know definitely the type of
nourishment it requires.
(gesturing at the
Why do you suppose it brought the
dog in here?
We must try very hard to find an
answer to that question.
His eyes start moving around the greenhouse.
Maybe the artificial sunlight
(shaking his head)
The light was off.
That loam bed -- number four. Does
it strike you the earth has been
(eyeing the loam bin)
Olson started some lichen there last
The trio moves over to the loam bed. Carrington regards the
Gentlemen, our creature will come
back here. Of that I am certain.
What do you see, Arthur?
I'd rather not say -- yet. But it
will come back.
Hadn't we better tell the others?
No. I think it better if Science,
rather than the Army greeted it this
Will you keep watch with me tonight,
Carrington turns to
Please bring us some sandwiches and
coffee. Tell Doctor Auerback and
Doctor Olson what we have found. Ask
them to relieve us at eight in the
morning. And ask them, please to
confide in no one.
Voorhees nods and departs as we
INT. MAIN ROOM. CAMP
It is eleven-thirty the following morning. A late breakfast
is being served in the main living room.
Outside the storm has not abated. It fills the sky, darkening
the arctic noon.
Henry and Dykes are eating. Mrs. Chapman sits nearby knitting.
(staring out the window)
Look at that, will you? It'll never
let up! And we could have been in
Edmonton -- open air cafes. Moonlit
Oh, we've had them worse than this.
Three weeks is the longest they last.
Three weeks! We ought to be growing
our own fur by that time.
The door opens and MacAuliff, Barnes and Ericson come in.
(removing his outer
Not a sign. We've poked into every
snowbank within a mile.
Barnes flushed a Polar bear.
I sure did!
Not after I saw it was only a bear.
Hendrix enters from an interior door. He carries a sheaf of
I want a raise. Or I'm gonna strike.
Sixteen hours straight receiving
Anything for me?
Just a few million words. What's the
matter with that Fogarty fellow --
(he tosses a bundle
of messages on the
I haven't even had time to eat.
He pours himself a cup of coffee. Dykes picks up the messages.
Some of them are for Skeely.
Skip them. Stick to Fogarty.
(scanning the messages,
reads from one after
Fogarty to Henry. Preserve wreckage
of saucer carefully.
(he throws the paper
down and picks up a
second and reads)
Same to same. Preserve corpse of
occupant carefully. Allow no one to
touch it until my arrival. Same to
same. Forward detailed description
of saucer -- measurements, weight,
general characteristics of corpse.
Important. Fogarty to Henry. Why
haven't you answered? Answer
immediately. Same to same -- radio
silence unnecessary. Reference message
Fogarty to Henry. Acknowledge
immediately. Acknowledge soonest.
Fogarty to Henry. Awaiting report.
Silence confusing. Same to same --
acknowledge. Fogarty to Henry.
I get the general drift. He wants to
hear from me.
Skeely enters. He is rumpled, unshaved and still sleepy.
What you got there?
(eating toast and
Some stuff for you.
(diving for the
(he stares at them,
his voice growing
hoarse with excitement)
They got part of my story! It went
Verify garbled message regarding man
from Mars. Authorize all expenses.
Cable straight. Eldredge.
(he looks up)
That's the chief.
New, York Times Syndicate -- Will
pay ten thousand full story discovery
flying saucer and Mars man. Want
full details. Answer collect.
(he shuffles through
the other messages)
London -- Paris -- A.P. -- R.K.O. --
Life -- Colliers -- Saturday Evening
Post -- Marshall Field Museum --
Denver -- Chicago -- New Orleans --
They're all gone mad!
(he looks up)
People in the streets yelling for
more news. Every man, woman and child
in the U.S.A. has stopped working.
(he wheels on Hendrix)
Lookie, Ez -- I've knocked out ten
thousand words. Been typing all night.
Get back and send 'em.
Get on that key!
Afterwards. I'm going to bed first.
You can't go to bed. Listen -- I'll
split with you. It's a bonanza! I'll
give you 25 percent of the take.
(his eating done,
Nothing doing! I'm out on my feet.
And the stuff ain't going through
anyway. Waste motion.
It'll go through! You keep sending!
Ez, old man, they're mobbing the
newspaper offices. They're hanging
out of windows. This is a world
emergency. You can't desert your
post in an emergency -- any more
than you would if a ship was sinking?
(starting to open the
door, his back turned
A ship is sinking! And it's me.
As he pulls the door open, we see a tall figure leanings
against it. Hendrix, unaware of it, continues to open the
door as he talks.
I wouldn't stay up another hour for
ten thousand dollars a minute. I'm
out on my feet, I tell you.
The tall figure slides in the doorway and comes crashing
into the room at Hendrix' feet. It is Algari, the botanist.
His face is covered with blood. He is semi-conscious. Henry
and Dykes rush to him. Henry grabs his wrist and feels for
Who -- Who's that?
Is he -- dead?
Get Dr. Chapman.
(to Mrs. Chapman)
Got any smelling salts?
Right here -- in the washroom.
She starts out of the room.
Go with her, Mac.
MacAuliff follows her out. Algari stirs and tries to sit up.
Take it easy, Doctor. Stay where you
are. Can you talk?
In the greenhouse -- the thing --
Dr. Olson -- Auerback.
I went in -- to check the temperature --
my back was turned -- when Olson
screamed -- When I turned around --
the thing -- it cut my face -- The
blood blinded me -- I fell down -- I
must have fainted.
reappears. She hands
Henry the salts. He
holds them to Algari's
Thank you... When I came to, I saw
Olson and Auerback -- hanging upside
down -- Their throats were cut -- I
crawled out -- and came here --
Henry rises swiftly.
Come on, Eddie. You too, Mac. The
rest of you stay here -- and stay
He runs out.
I'm coming! I don't care what you
He follows the others.
OUTSIDE GREENHOUSE DOOR.
The door is shut. Henry, MacAuliff, Dykes and Skeely come
down the corridor. They are carrying axes and guns.
Henry approaches the door, then stops. He turns to MacAuliff.
Mac, round up a detail and post it
at the rear door of this hothouse.
Don't go in -- just take some timber
and seal up the doorway!
He runs down the hall. Almost before Henry has finished
speaking, the door behind him has opened with lightning
rapidity. Henry turns with almost equal speed, instantly
raising his axe. The Thing appears for a split second in the
doorway, only to be met with a crashing wallop from the flat
of Henry's axe. The force of the blow propels the Thing back
into the greenhouse. Henry seizes the doorknob and pulls the
door shut. He turns the key in the lock.
Get the carpenter -- on the double!
Dykes runs out.
We going in now?
What about Olson and Auerback?
Nothing about them! They're dead.
(producing a camera
from his pocket)
How about opening the door long enough
for me to get one shot -- just two
I'll shoot the man who opens this
Well, that's a straight answers.
What other plans have you got?
If Mac gets to the rear door in time,
we're going to keep that thing bottled
up in there.
Suppose it starves?
I'll let you do my crying for me.
MEDIUM SHOT AT DOOR OF GREENHOUSE
The carpenter is driving home spikes in a heavy cross beam
that bars the greenhouse door. Four similar bars have already
Barnes and Ericson are holding the beam in position as the
carpenter works. Skeely has left to resume his pestering of
Hendrix the telegrapher.
Henry is consulting with Chapman.
You're sure there's no other way
out? No trapdoor -- or windows?
None. Only the front and back doors.
The walls solid?
That thing's radio active. Could it
maybe burn its way out?
I'd consider it extremely unlikely,
The thing itself is extremely
unlikely. According to Doctor Algari,
it has already grown back its arm.
(with a sudden emotion)
Captain Henry -- forgive me. I don't
want to go against your orders but
those two men in there were friends
of mine. Close friends, for many
years. Isn't there some way we can
get their bodies out? I can't stand
the thought of them hanging there --
by their feet -- and nothing being
done for them!
What can be done for them? Face the
facts, Doctor. They're dead. Their
throats were cut and they bled to
death. Upside down, like in a
slaughter house. Our job is to see
that nobody else joins them.
(with a shudder)
What a way to die.
Professor Voorhees has come down the corridor.
(quietly to Chapman)
May I have a word with you, Fred?
(turning to him)
Henry nods. Chapman accompanies Voorhees a few yards down
the corridor. Voorhees starts to whisper. Henry watches them.
(into Chapman's ear)
Come to Carrington's lab as soon as
you can -- and don't let anyone know.
(turning back to Henry)
Was there anything else, Captain?
Yes. We're keeping a double guard --
outside and in. Two hour shifts.
I'll need eight volunteers.
INT. DR. CARRINGTON'S LABORATORY
Dr. Carrington is at his desk. Nikki is beside him, note
book in hand.
Drs. Chapman, Voorhees, Laurenz and Wilson are in front of
him. They are silent and alert as he talks.
Carrington is tense and queerly exuberant. Exhaustion and
excitement are in his face.
(softly and tensely)
Two of our colleagues have died and
a third is dying. Those are our losses --
and the battle has only begun. There
will be more losses. The creature X
is more powerful, more intelligent
than us. We are infants beside him.
He regards us as soft, vulnerable
earth worms important only for his
nourishment. He has the same attitude
toward us as we have toward a field
You said you had news for us, Arthur.
(he rises and smiles)
We are infants, earthworms and also
scientists. We have made gains.
What have you found out?
(glowing and tense)
A new world has come to devour us.
Only science can conquer it. Our
minds, gentlemen -- the little muscle
that thinks, observes, examines and
finds answers. All other weapons
will be powerless.
(his eyes close.
him. He mutters)
I'm very tired. It's difficult to
(he presses his thumbs
into his eyeballs)
Will you read my notes, Miss
You need some rest, Arthur.
No rest. Please read --
(reading from her
At 9 p.m. I placed the fifteen seeds
taken from the severed hand of X in
four inches of earth. I saturated
the earth with two units of plasma
taken from our blood bank.
Nikki pauses, her face tense.
Please go on, Nikki.
(continuing to read)
The condition of the dog found in
the greenhouse indicated that blood
was a primal factor in the cultivation
of the seeds. At 2 a.m. the first
sprouts appeared through the soil. I
used another two units of plasma. At
4 a.m. the sprouts began to take on
definite forms -- and...
She breaks off, her face strained, her voice faint.
They are still growing!
Five of them -- have survived.
Carrington rises and starts toward a screened in table. The
others follow. Nikki remains motionless at the desk.
SCREENED IN TABLE
A four foot box of earth is on its top. The men stand over
it. Five small sprouts are budding through the soil. There
is a moment of silence.
It reproduces itself -- like a
Yes. The Geiger counter registered 6
point 1 radio activity from them an
He holds the counter over the sprouts. The men watch its
(reading the dial)
Nine point five.
The men speak in excited but controlled voices.
We must nourish them carefully. My
examination of the hand revealed a
high glucose content and a chlorophyll
base. I suggest a glucose injection.
Glucose may be dangerous.
Yes. I think so. He's not using
glucose in the greenhouse.
That's why he killed -- for blood.
He's growing seeds there. What will
we do -- when these mature?
Have you examined the roots, Arthur?
There are no roots.
Amazing! I think we ought to turn
the violet rays on it.
(testing with his
No. The growth seems strongest where
the earth is dampest. Any light might
dry it up.
How much plasma have we got?
I've moved all the units in here.
That may be enough.
(looking at an
the earth box)
What were you doing with that
Listening to them.
(looking at the buds
through a magnifying
There doesn't seem to be any
The sound doesn't come from any
oscillation -- but from something
An animal sound! Impossible!
Wilson puts the stethoscope in his ears and holds the end of
it over a bud. The others wait in silence. We listen with
Arthur's right. It's a hunger noise --
like an infant.
Nikki has appeared behind the screen.
May I talk to you, Arthur?
Later. Would you please type up all
(he looks at her
intense face and
then smiles at her,
he turns to the men)
(the scientists are
bent over the earth
box. They hold the
Geiger counter over
it and listen to its
faint clicking. Dr.
Voorhees listens as
did Wilson through
Carrington moves out
from behind the screen
What is it, Nikki?
I insist that you get some sleep,
You can't use your mind -- if you're
My mind's still perfectly clear.
(he frowns at her)
You're not thinking of what's
happening in the greenhouse. You saw
what one of them can do! Well, just
imagine if there are a thousand, or
a hundred thousand!
I have imagined it.
And you won't do anything?
I'm doing all that can be done, Nikki --
discovering its secrets.
I know! And that's quite wonderful.
But what if that ship came here not
just to visit the earth, but to
conquer it! To start growing some
kind of a horrible army. And turn
the human race into -- into food for
it! And kill the whole world.
There are many things threatening to
kill our world, Nikki. New stars and
comets shooting through space.
Atmospheric changes. A sudden cooling
of the sun. And even human wars --
that may release deadly global gases.
But those are theories, Arthur! This
is an enemy -- near us -- and --
(taking her arm)
There are no enemies in science --
There are only phenomena to study.
We are studying one.
You're not afraid?
I'd be a traitor to human reason if
I allowed my fears to destroy what
has come to us -- or let anyone else
I want you to believe in my way,
Nikki -- the way of the mind.
I've admired you tremendously, Arthur --
Not admiration -- Faith.
You have it.
(she smiles nervously)
I'm so terrified I can barely walk.
I'll -- I'll totter off to my room
and type your notes.
(She starts away)
INT. NIKKI'S ROOM
She is typing at her desk, her note book propped up in front
of her. A sheaf of typewritten pages is beside her machine.
The door opens. Captain Henry enters.
(watching her type)
Want to take a rest?
(without looking up)
I'll rub your neck. It'll relax you.
He comes behind her and massages her neck and shoulders
Please, I can't concentrate -- when
you do that.
Maybe you're concentrating on the
She finishes the last line of typing, pulls the page out of
the machine, puts it on a pile of copy. She covers the pile
with a large book.
(she smiles at him)
That feels good. Please don't tire
(massaging, and trying
to get a look at the
copy over her head)
Have there been any accidents up
here in the last two months? Anybody
shot, stabbed or had an ulcer removed?
(covering the copy
casually with another
No. That what-is-it in the greenhouse
is our first diversion.
I brought up thirty-five units of
blood plasma two months ago. What's
become of it?
Why nothing. It's here.
I wondered why they're not using it
on Dr. Algari. They're giving him
blood transfusions. No plasma. Two
live donors. Any ideas about that?
(moving her neck and
Thanks for the massage. You're really
very good at it.
It's just a sample.
Relax your neck muscles.
(he starts massaging
speaking casually as
What's Carrington doing with thirty-
five units of plasma, Nikki?
Just close your eyes -- and float.
It's good for you.
I'm really exhausted.
She closes her eyes, sighs and "floats." Henry makes a quiet
sudden move toward the pile of copy she has hidden under the
two books. The gesture catches Nikki by surprise. She stares
for an instant unable to believe his perfidy and then leaps
to her feet, full of outrage.
Give that back! It's private. You're
not allowed to -- ! Give that back
or I'll -- ! Oh, you're horrible, a
cheap, underhanded army spy!
She has flung herself at him, clawing for the papers in his
hand. Her physical assault is too violent for Henry to ignore.
He puts an end to it by sending a short right into her
stomach. She doubles up with a groan.
You hit me!
Only in the stomach. Won't leave any
(Nikki sinks into her
chair, staring at
him as he reads the
copy. His voice grows
quiet and serious)
So that's it! Holy Ike -- five of
(he looks up from his
reading and stares
back at her, his
You deserved that punch!
I wanted to tell you. But I couldn't.
I gave my word. I'm glad you -- did
what you did. I'm very glad.
(she smiles wearily
You can finish the massage now --
I've got a few other things to finish
He walks out.
INT. CARRINGTON'S LABORATORY
The door opens. Captain Henry, Lt. Dykes, Dr. Redding and
Dr. Ambrose enter. They look into a seemingly empty room.
(Carrington comes out
from behind the screen)
I'm afraid I'm rather busy right
now, Captain. Might I ask you to --
I've learned that you found a dog in
the hothouse -- bled white by our
Visitor. And you didn't report it.
I didn't consider it necessary.
No? But it was necessary to let two
friends of yours go in there and get
I did what you would have done. I
put them there as guards. I was a
guard myself. Their deaths were
unavoidable. Whoever was in there
would have been killed.
I also understand you're doing a
Carrington remains silent. Voorhees and Laurenz emerge from
behind the screen and stand at Carrington's side.
You might have notified me -- instead
of letting me find it out from Miss
(Carrington scowls at
this bit of news.
Henry adds sharply)
Where are they?
Carrington and his two cohorts are silent. They stand staring
at Ambrose and Redding. Dykes has stepped behind the screen.
This way to the nursery, Pat.
Henry, Ambrose and Redding step behind the screen.
SCREENED IN TABLE
Captain Henry and Lt. Dykes stare at the box of earth. Rigged
up over it are four plasma containers out of which blood is
Henry points at the plasma containers.
That's what your late colleagues are
doing -- in the greenhouse. This is
a distinct improvement.
We have read your notes, Arthur. I
think you should have consulted the
rest of us.
I have all the help I need.
(his eyes on the
sprouts in the earth
I consider the situation extremely
serious, Dr. Carrington.
Your opinion has not been asked, Dr.
It has - by Captain Henry. And I've
given it to him. I'll repeat it to
you. We're facing something
unpredictably dangerous. The creature
in the green-house is obviously
multiplying itself -- in this
identical fashion. It will need more
blood for its operations. It will
make every effort to obtain what it
It has been imprisoned and
We don't know its powers... or its
resources. We can not be sure of our
safety -- or of something even more
important -- the world's safety. We
have no knowledge of how much it can
multiply. A thousand creatures -- or
ten thousand of the sort we've seen
I'm not interested in your fantasies,
Redding's right. The thing has to be
destroyed, Arthur, and its progeny
along with it.
What do you think is the best
procedure, Dr. Redding?
We'll analyze these things in the
box first, and see what sort of gas
or chemical has the quickest effect
on them. And then use it in the
A high electric voltage should be
able to accomplish what we want.
You're talking like a frightened
school boy, Dr. Ambrose.
Two men have been killed! And there's
more killing ahead.
Electricity sounds good to me. We'll
shoot it into the greenhouse and --
I forbid -- any destruction!
It would be an outrage!
(at the same time)
A cowardly betrayal of science!
This isn't science! This is a military
action against an enemy invader. Go
ahead, gentlemen. Get MacAuliff,
Mr. MacAuliff will be in charge of
the electrical operations.
The door opens and the post's radio man, Ezra Hendrix enters.
I got your message through, Dr.
Carrington! And the answers are still
coming. I had to take them in
(he starts reading)
Fogarty to Henry. Carrington informs
me Martian alive. You are directed
to make every effort to keep it alive,
and protect it against any injury.
General MacLaren arriving tonight
with fourteenth squadron -- and full
government personnel including
Secretary of State. Chief of staff
already here. Under no circumstances
take action against Martian until
our arrival at post soon as weather
permits. Confirm instantly.
(Hendrix looks up)
There's one for you, Doctor. Fogarty
to Carrington -- give Henry all
cooperation needed to insure survival
of creature you describe. Army and
science chief regard your captive
most important in human history.
You have your orders, Captain Henry,
and I have mine. I consider them
sane and intelligent.
I got to get back. That loon Skeely's
got a story longer than the Bible he
wants me to send.
Henry starts with Hendrix for the door.
What do we do, Pat?
We get on that radio and try changing
the Army's mind.
He walks out.
INT. ROOM OCCUPIED BY HENRY AND HIS CREW. 1 A.M.
MacAuliff and Barnes are sleeping on cots. Captain Henry is
preparing to lie down. He goes to the window and looks out
at the wildly whirling snow.
That stinkin' wind!
(he turns toward one
of the cots)
You think our plane's still in one
There is no answer from the sleeping MacAuliff. The door
opens and Eddie comes in. He wears his flying suit. He carries
a Kerosene hurricane light.
Baby, am I bushed! That bitchy wind
cuts you in half.
(he hands Henry the
Mind filling this up? Burned dry.
You'll need it outside. Blacker than
(he starts removing
his suit as they
Henry starts filling the lamp out of a large kerosene can.
Fogarty to Henry. Your attitude
inviting court martial. Fogarty to
Henry. Your hysterics are unbecoming
to officer -- also black mark for
entire air corps.
That pook head! He thinks we're
running a ministrel show.
(he has lain down on
When do I stand guard again?
(snuggling into pillow)
In that case, excuse me.
(he sighs and mutters
Remember Guadalcanal -- those nice
Henry has lighted the hurricane lamp.
If this rotten weather would only
quit for a minute -- they can come
in and court martial me all they
like. Hendrix says it won't blow
itself out for two more weeks. He
was up here once with --
A snore comes from Eddie and Captain Henry stops talking. He
sits down on a cot to remove his shoes. There is a knock on
the door. Henry goes to it and opens it. Nikki comes in. She
is in a night robe and slippers. She carries a small toilet
kit and a blanket.
Have you got room?
Come in. I was just going to bed.
Thought I'd join you -- if you don't
Don't mind at all.
I brought my own blanket -- if you
have an extra cot.
I think we can -- arrange something.
(sitting down on a
This one's empty.
(she starts to get up)
Perfectly all right -- you can use
He sits down beside her.
You don't mind sleeping with one of
It's not my usual preference.
(laughing a little
Shh. No sense in waking them up.
They're very tired.
(he puts his arm around
her as she peers at
I'll try not to disturb them.
You can lie down, if you care to.
I'm scared to death. The minute I
lie down, I jump up.
Maybe I can relax you, baby.
Please -- no massages.
Can't you think of me as something
beside a masseur?
(she looks at him
Please make love to me.
I know. It'll take my mind off --
what's making me shake -- that what-
You're very sweet. Perfect skin,
perfect nose -- everything perfect.
(she stares at him
and adds softly)
Please go on.
Your mind isn't on it.
Yes -- it is. Honestly it is. You
said I was perfect.
If you lie down you'll stop shaking,
Just try it.
You -- you can't make love to me if
I'm lying down.
Yes I can. It doesn't interfere at
Pat -- do you really love me? Or are
you just talking because I asked you
(Henry has turned his
head toward a clicking
noise coming from
the direction of
Nikki frowns at him)
Now whose mind isn't on it?
(looking at her)
(smiling nervously at
I understand perfectly.
A room full of kibitzers and a monster
floating around -- it's a little
difficult kissing a girl under such
(his ears cocked at
He kisses her.
(after the kiss)
That's very -- relaxing. I feel much
better. I'll -- I'll lie down, it
you don't mind.
She lies down on the cot. As she does, Henry stands up. She
looks at him with some surprise.
That clicking. Sounds like. No -- it
couldn't be --
(he smiles tensely at
the recumbent Nikki)
(he goes to MacAuliff's
bed and shakes him
Mac, Mac -- wake up.
(MacAuliff opens his
What's the matter?
(gesturing toward the
MacAuliff listens for a second, then sits up swiftly.
I thought so!
MacAuliff jumps up and grabs at a duffle bag that lies at
the foot of his bed.
What is it?
The Geiger counter.
Why should it be clicking now?
There's something moving around that's
Oh, no -- no!
MacAuliff lifts the counter out of his duffle bag and stares
at it. It continues to click, its rhythm accelerating
slightly. Henry darts to the intercommunication panel at his
(pushing a button)
Ericson! Ken! This is Pat. Come in --
A moment's silence.
Ericson here --
(rapidly into speaker)
Any trouble down there?
Not a thing, Pat.
Who's on duty outside?
Dr. Ambrose and what's his name, the
Beat it out there, as fast as you
can. Check that rear door and call
Henry turns to MacAuliff and Nikki who are staring fearfully
at the counter. The clicking has continued to gain in volume
It's getting stronger.
Henry grabs a pillow from the bed and an ice axe from his
desk. He runs to the door, opens it and cautiously peers
down the hall. MacAuliff and Nikki watch him tensely.
(after a moment)
Nothing. Not a sign --
Nikki gives a long sigh of relief.
My heart's pounding like a horse
(shaking the counter)
Suppose this thing's gone nuts?
(dropping the pillow
and ice axe)
I sure hope so. Let me see it.
(he takes the counter;
the clicking is now
It looks okay.
There is a movement outside the window. No one in the room
Maybe Dr. Carrington is experimenting
That's possible. Shall I call him?
The intercom speaks.
Everything's in order outside, Pat.
He snaps the intercom shut.
(eyes glued on the
I sure don't get it.
Call Carrington, Nikki.
(pressing a switch on
Dr. Carrington -- Dr. Carrington.
This is Nikki, Arthur.
A moment's pause, then Carrington's sleepy voice comes from
I'm in Captain Henry's room. His
Geiger counter is counting Geigers
like mad. He wants to know if it
might be picking up anything that
No. What's the reading?
Eight point six. And going up.
Eight point six. And going up.
I'll be right down.
The intercom snaps off. Suddenly the Geiger counter starts
purring like a rattlesnake.
(his voice rising)
Eddie! Barnes! Get up!
(Dykes and Barnes sit
up in alarm)
Grab your guns -- axes are better --
Nikki, take this!
(he seizes the mattress
on his cot and pushes
it at Nikki)
Sit in the corner -- hold that over
Where's your tommy-gun?
He pulls tommy-gun from under his bed and brandishes it.
DYKES AND BARNES
What's up? Where is it?
A CRASH from the window is their answer.
Pillows! Get those pillows in front
of your faces!
A second CRASH sends the entire window hurtling into the
room. The Creature springs into their midst.
GUNS ROAR. The Creature moves toward MacAuliff. His tommy-
gun chatters at it point-blank. It strikes at the tommy-gun,
knocking it out of MacAuliff's hands, and sending MacAuliff
The Creature jumps after MacAuliff. It is balked for a moment
by Henry who strikes it with his ice axe.
A bullet hits the light. Only the dim light of the kerosene
The Creature whips its knifed hand at Henry's face. Henry
partially blocks the blow with his pillow which shreds in
the air. Henry staggers back against the wall. He almost
knocks over the hurricane lamp. He picks it up and dashes it
at the Creature. Flaming kerosene spatters over it. As it
stands burning torch-like in the middle of the room Barnes
moves forward and strikes a mighty blow with his axe. The
blow misses. Instantly the Creature wheels and seizes Barnes
by the throat. Barnes screams once. His scream gurgles away.
Dykes, holding his entire cot in front of him as a shield,
rushes forward followed by Henry. They smash at the monster
which, still holding Barnes with one tentacle, retreats to a
corner of the room.
It is the corner in which Nikki has been crouching. She
screams. The Creature whips its free talon at her and secures
her by the arm. Still afire, it starts dragging its two
victims toward the window. Nikki's screams fill the room.
Once more Henry charges forward with his ice axe and sinks
its pointed end into the Creature's head.
The Creature stops, drops Nikki and lashes at Henry. This
time its arced knife-fingers slash Henry's wrist. Henry drops
the axe and falls back. Dykes, still shielded by his cot,
has at the same time grabbed Nikki's ankle and pulled her
away. MacAuliff has picked up the can containing the remainder
of the kerosene. He throws it on the Creature. The blaze
Parts of the room have caught fire. The Creature picks up
Barnes and springs out the window into the storm.
For a moment its motion through the night is etched in fire.
Then the wind and snow extinguish the flames. The Creature
Dykes moves quickly from Nikki to bend over Henry who is
kneeling in silent agony, clutching his lacerated forearm.
Dykes snaps on a flashlight.
You all right, Pat?
(he nods toward Nikki)
How about her?
Fainted. Her arms cut. I think she's
all right, though.
(his fingers on Nikki's
Yes, she's all right.
Barnes -- he died quick, I think.
So do I.
(he points his
flashlight at the
That thing won't make much of a meal
of the poor guy. Most of his blood's
There is a knock on the door.
It's Dr. Carrington.
Dr. Carrington enters. Dykes' flashlight focuses on his face.
(blinking at the beam)
I heard shots -- what happened?
Dr. Carrington, I want everyone in
this camp to assemble in the radio
room immediately. Fully dressed.
Bring medical supplies, provisions,
and every weapon we've got.
Your window -- is it -- was it the --
It was. I'll give you all a full
report in the radio room. Get going
Doctor -- you, too, Eddie. Round
everybody up. Get 'em barricaded
before it comes back!
INTERIOR RADIO ROOM - 2:30 A.M.
Beyond the radio room is a short underground passage leading
into the generator room.
All the members of the expedition, save Henry, MacAuliff and
Hendrix are in the radio room.
Chapman is putting final touches on a bandage on Nikki's
Two workers are nailing shut the trap door that leads to the
Henry enters with Hendrix and MacAuliff following.
...not during the storm, Captain.
But soon's it blows over I can get
the transmitter out of your plane
and rig up a two-way communication
with Dutch Harbor.
Henry nods. MacAuliff has taken two Geiger counters from a
ruck-sack in the corner. He returns to Henry.
(as MacAuliff shows
him the counters)
Dykes turns from where he has been supervising the workers
at the trap door.
I'm going to station you and Mac at
each end of the corridor. Take a
counter along. If it starts clicking,
report back here on the double.
I'll put Nikki on the intercom. She'll
keep checking with you, so we'll
know if you get taken by surprise.
That'll be a big help...
(He goes out with
Got that, Nikki?
Yes. Where's the intercom?
Over there. Hendrix'll show you.
Nikki pulls a chair over to the intercom panel. Hendrix moves
to show her the levers that will connect her with Dykes and
MacAuliff. Skeely emerges from the generator room and crosses
Hey, Captain, what's the sense of
everybody huddling in here? Let's
set some acetylene torches and hand
grenades and stuff and rush the
It isn't in the greenhouse. I just
How did it get out, Captain?
Burned its way out. There's a big
hole in the wall. Still hot.
Burned its way through an iron wall?
Probably can generate enough heat to
burn its way through anything.
All right, Eddie? Over.
All right, Mac? Over.
All quiet here.
At twenty second intervals, Nikki, Eddie and MacAuliff repeat
the same ritual.
I still say we ought to corner that
thing in the greenhouse. That's were
it's growing its stuff -- it'll go
back there --
Corner it with what, you dumb joker?
I've got enough cable to reach the
nursery, Captain. Suppose we
It might be immune to electricity.
It's not. I tried it, on one of those
Carrington has been sitting nearby, his head in his hands.
He looks up angrily.
You destroyed them!
Only one. It disintegrated under
five hundred volts and burnt to an
I forbid you to do any more tampering!
Our orders are clear. We are to wait --
I'm giving the orders.
Carrington looks at Henry for a moment, then rises and goes
into the generator room. Henry ignores him.
I think you've got something, Doctor.
Shall I run the cable into the
Our pal isn't going back there.
But those things in the greenhouse
are growing... They must need --
(to Henry: protesting)
You can't anticipate its moves. Its
mind is of a different nature than
A mind at war is always the same --
whether it's hatched in Tokyo or
Mars. We know the thing's objective.
(nodding at Ambrose)
Nourishment. Blood, and all the blood
in the camp is in this room. He'll
be coming down the pike any minute
As Henry speaks his eyes have been roving around the room.
Perhaps we'd be wiser to disperse --
He'd get us one at a time.
So what do we do?
We give him a welcome home party.
(he points to the
corridor that leads
to the generator
In that tunnel. And a great, big
(he turns to Redding)
Got any chicken wire -- cattle fence
wire -- any kind of wire webbing?
Yes -- rolls of it.
Ken, take two men and help Doctor
Redding bring the wire out. Lay it
in that passage way. Then string it
along the roof.
Like a fly trap!
(to Ambrose, as Ken
follows Redding out)
Splice your cable to the webbing.
And fix up an operating switch on a
long wire -- about thirty feet. How
many volts can you give me?
Over a thousand.
I earnestly hope so.
Got going, Doctor.
Ambrose runs out. Nikki's exchanges with Dykes and MacAuliff
have been continuing at regular intervals. Now Nikki turns
Take over for me, please, Mr. Hendrix.
Hendrix sits at the intercom and starts checking with the
sentinels as Nikki goes to Henry. She pulls at his sleeve.
Pat, don't you feel it? It's getting cold.
(paying no attention)
Everybody who's not working get back
in the generator room. Make it snappy,
Pat, I tell you I'm getting cold.
No, you dunce. It's cold. The heat
must be off.
(calling to Chapman)
What's the thermometer reading?
(glancing at a wall
Fifty-four. I thought it was getting
It sure is.
(still staring at the
It's going down fast.
(placing his hand
over a heat vent)
There's no heat at all coming through
We've got three furnaces. They
couldn't all break down at once.
(looking at the
Going down. Forty-nine!
Someone better go to the furnace
No, Doctor. There's nothing wrong
with the furnaces.
Must be, Henry. Why aren't they
Because they've been turned off. By
Holy Ike. He's gonna freeze us out!
And come in after us when we're numb
or dead with cold.
What a practical joker. Reminds me
of General Rommel when we were "it."
(reading from the
And it's sixty below outside.
Redding, Ericson and two other scientists have emerged from
the storeroom with the wire rolls. They start to execute
How many flying suits are there,
Eight, counting yours. And one
The telegraph instrument starts to chatter.
She replaces Hendrix at the intercom panel. Hendrix starts
taking down the telegraph message.
Leave me one for Nikki. Take the
others in the generating room and
tell the folks to take turns wearing
'em. Ten minute shifts.
Chapman moves to obey.
Our friend's quite a boy. Figures
all the angles.
(staring at the wiring)
Lucky thing we got Edison and Einstein
on our side.
Wonder if they're going to be enough.
I was wondering the exact same thing.
My fingers are getting numb.
(walking up and down
to warm himself)
I remember once, in Accra, in
equatorial Africa --
Shut up. Nobody's listening.
Message for you Captain.
(to Chapman who is
returning for another
load of flying suits)
Got any rubber boots in that
Plenty of them.
Get us four pairs, will you.
Chapman goes to the storeroom.
What're the boots for?
So nobody gets burned accidentally
when I turn the juice on.
(calling after Chapman)
Make that five pair, Doctor!
(relaying the warning)
Pat! It's coming!
Call Mac in!
(to the wire workers)
(calling from the
other end of the
All ready on this end!
Henry has moved to the door. He opens it. MacAuliff and Dykes
come running in. Henry shuts and bolts the door behind them.
The counter's going. The reading's
low, but it's going up. Oh, boy,
He hands the counter to Henry. Chapman has come out of the
storeroom with the boots. Skeely takes a pair, and the others
are dumped at the entrance of the passage-way.
(jerking his head
toward the generator
Nikki -- back there. Get going.
(to the others)
Get those boots on, boys.
He starts to pull on a pair himself. Carrington comes out of
the generator room. He looks at the cable hook-up Ambrose
has made, then glances up quickly at the wire-web installed
by Redding, etc.
That does it. All set, Captain.
Okay, everybody in the back room but
Carrington strides up to Henry. His face is working
emotionally. He is about to address Henry, when Hendrix speaks
How about your message, Captain?
Let's have it.
MacLaren to Henry. Use every means
to save lives of expedition. But
take no steps against captive. Expect
to relieve you in three days. Hold
out well as you can. Your main
objective is to keep creature alive
until our arrival. Congress,
President, Chiefs of Staff, all
superiors consider survival of captive
creature greatest triumph for our
The biggest heroes are always back
of the lines, eh?
Well -- that's that.
How does that affect your plans,
Not at all.
You can not ignore your orders,
Captain! They come from sources that
know more than you!
Henry finishes donning his boots. He stands up, and glances
coolly at Carrington.
We'll discuss that some other time.
(pointing to the rear
Carrington stands glaring at Henry. He makes an effort to
control the fury in him.
You're defying orders from your
superiors, Captain Henry. You've
been directed to preserve the life
of this interplanetary creature at
(from the thermometer)
The temperature is now thirty above.
Perfect for skiing.
(tensely to Henry)
You are an officer in the United
States Army in charge of a military
mission. You have received
instructions from your general --
and from every department of the
government on how to proceed.
It's no fun breaking orders, Doctor.
But my duty --
(cutting in sharply)
Your duty is to the Army you
My first duty as a man is to the
human race. There's an enemy of it
coming after us. I'm going to kill
Redding enters from the corridor. He hands Henry a switch on
the end of a long wire.
Here's your operating switch.
Redding glances curiously at Carrington and returns toward
the rear room. Dykes is standing by the intercom panel. He
pushes a button. A subdued squealing comes out of the
I've got the intercom open to the
greenhouse. Listen to them.
As he talks the room fills with an insistent mewing as if
from a myriad of voices.
Your friends sound hungry, Carrington.
(as the voices rise)
They must be big boys now.
The wild carrots are coming -- !
(his voice rising in
You're doing more than breaking Army
orders, Captain! You're robbing the
You can testify to that effect at my
court martial, Doctor.
(tensely -- and
A secret has come to us, greater
than any secret ever revealed to
science. It must not be destroyed!
It must be studied -- and learned.
I saw it, Carrington. It's not
something to put under glass -- and
examine. And there are thousands
more of them hatching. They'll
reproduce like weeds. They'll tear
the world apart.
That doesn't matter!
It kind of matters to me.
Knowledge is more important than
life, Captain. We have only one excuse
for existing -- to think, to find
out, to learn what is unknown.
We haven't a chance to learn anything
from that pookey Martian, except a
quicker way to die, Doctor.
I'm ordering you back, Carrington.
(full of a curious
It doesn't matter what happens to
us! We're not animals. We're a brain
that thinks! Nothing else counts,
except our thinking. We've thought
our way into nature. We've split the
Yeah, and that sure made the world
happy, didn't it!
The mewing out of the wall speaker increases.
I've ordered you out, Carrington.
We owe it to the brain of our species
to stand here and die without
destroying a source of wisdom!
Captain, I beseech you. Science,
government, the Army -- civilization
has given us orders.
They're wrong orders. They come from
people who don't know what they're
I'm with you there, Henry. In a pinch
I always put my money on a little
man -- against all top brass.
(wildly to Henry)
You set yourself above all human
progress, above all science!
I set myself against an enemy,
Come on, Doctor. You've said your
piece. This is one time when science
doesn't blow up the world... just to
see what makes it tick.
He picks up the counter. It is clicking more rapidly.
Dykes seizes Carrington. The Doctor goes with him.
(from the door into
You're fools! You'll never hurt it!
It's wiser, stronger --
Shut up -- !
He pushes Carrington into the passage into the generator
room. Nikki, Chapman and Hendrix follow. Dykes shuts the
door behind them and then rejoins the group in the radio
room. It consists of Henry, MacAuliff, Ericson, Skeely and
Dykes. Henry turns and sees Skeely.
Sorry, Skeely. These are front lines.
No civilians allowed.
That does not include the Press,
Get in with the others, Skeely. You
don't belong here.
I didn't belong at Alamein or
Bouganville -- or Okinawa. Just hung
around as a kibitzer. I am also a
very good obit writer. Ignore me,
Henry grins and decides to ignore him. He turns to Dykes.
You got the Geiger, Eddie.
Yeah, no change.
The temperature is now twenty-two.
Keep moving around. That'll help a
(trying to keep his
Excuse me, Pat, but wouldn't it be a
better idea to wait at the other end
of the tunnel.
No, Ken. We receive in here.
Any reason, Pat?
Psychology. Our boy seems kind of
smart. He's going to notice an empty
room -- and a lot of fence wire laid.
And sit down to think it over -- for
a few hours. But if it finds us out
here waiting, he'll chase us back
into the trap.
Providing we are able to move.
Frozen bait, eh?
How can it get cold so quick?
You're turning blue.
Keep moving, boys.
Must be zero.
(from the thermometer)
Was. Next stop five below.
Come, Mr. Martian -- and get some
nice Scotch blood -- 110 proof.
Nothin' like it for babies!
Cut it out -- !
I never thought I'd be in a hurry to
see that lad again.
(gesturing toward the
intercom from which
the mewing noises
are still issuing --
now in a sudden
Those things give me the fantods.
Okay if I shut it off, Captain?
No, don't. I like the gooseflesh.
Keeps me warm.
There is a moment or two of silence. The men keep moving and
swinging their arms.
I don't hear the Geiger.
Then he's on his way!
Maybe. I got a worry.
(to Henry, saluting
like a courier)
Report from the front, Captain.
Brother MacAuliff has a worry.
It's no joke.
What if it can read our minds?
It's going to be sore when it gets
to you -- a blank page.
They're working on telepathy in this
country ain't they? So they've
probably got it on Mars, considerin'
the superior type of carrots they
produce. So it knows everything we're
sayin' and thinking and it'll wait
till we're froze stiff in our own
trap before it --
It's coming closer.
(the mewing has
stopped. There is
silence. The Geiger
counter is heard
Up two more points.
(pats Henry on the
A real strategist. You'll be a general
Not a chance. Not enough fat in his
(staring at the counter
in Henry's hand)
It's standing still now.
Getting its wind.
Keep moving --
(as he paces)
I remember the first electrocution I
ever covered. Ruth Snyder and Judd
Grey. I'll never forget how Madam
Snyder bounced in the chair when
they gave her her last permanent. We
were all watching her eyes and --
Skeely becomes silent. The quickened clicking of the Geiger
fills the room.
Thar she blows!
(his voice precise)
When it comes in, you get into the
passage first, Skeely.
(he points to the
opened passage door)
You next, Ken. Then Mac, then Eddie.
(the men nod)
Don't start falling back till its in
the room and sees us. I'll carry the
switch. Take care when I turn the
juice on that you don't touch the
walls. You'll get electrocuted if
What if the thousand volts aren't
Five hundred burned one of the
You can kill a baby with a fly swatter --
you need a baseball bat for a man.
How do we know it won't walk right
We don't know. But we'll find out.
The Geiger counter is now clicking loudly. Holding axes and
hatchets in their gloved hands, the men take their positions
as Captain Henry indicated.
If the voltage doesn't stop it, keep
swinging at its arms.
It's outside! It's coming in!
A creaking of wood comes from the doorway.
Yeah, we got a caller.
Wait till it shows -- before you
At this moment the lights go out.
(in the dark)
What the holy -- !
(calling in the dark)
The juice is off!
(bawling out in the
Put on the lights.
The Geiger clicking and the mewing fill the darkness. The
outline of the door begins to glow in the dark, as the
Creature burns away at it.
Pat!! Pat! Carrington's disconnected
Mac! Come with me! Eddie -- hold
that thing back as long as you can!
(calling down the
Captain Henry -- Watch out --
Carrington's got a gun!
We hear the sound of feet crashing against the wire webbing
as Henry and MacAuliff run along the tunnel. The doorway's
outline continues to glow more brightly.
INT. GENERATOR ROOM
It is entirely dark. Henry's flashlight stabs into the room.
It swivels around quickly, pausing briefly on Nikki's panicky
face, flashing over the frightened faces of the others, then
finding Carrington. Carrington stands with a gun in his hand,
(as the flashlight
I'll shoot! I'll shoot if anyone
touches that generator!
Henry's response is to charge forward. He grabs the revolver
with one hand, and hits Carrington with the other. Carrington
falls unconscious, alongside the generators. Henry seizes
(as he retrieves the
Mac! Redding! Get those generators
He darts out as Mac and Redding turn their flashlights on
the generator and fall to work.
INT. RADIO ROOM
The redly glowing door begins to fall inward. As it topples,
Dykes' voice is heard.
Never mind the guns. Use your axes!
The Creature stands revealed in the doorway radioactivity
causes it to shimmer weirdly in the dark. It pauses a moment
in the doorway, then moves toward the little group in the
mouth of the passagway.
(in the dark)
Fall back, fellows -- Get going,
Skeely! You nest, Ken! Move!
The group retreats in order down the passageway. The Thing
pauses at the entrance of the corridor.
(in the dark)
All connected -- Okay, Pat --
The tunnel lights begin to glow redly, revealing the Army
group retreating over the fence wire. The Creature is
advancing toward them, but has not yet entered the trapped
It's connected! What're you waiting
I'm waiting to catch it in the middle
of the tunnel, Ken. Take it easy,
At this moment there comes the sound of a scuffling from the
generator room. A figure bursts out into the tunnel, as we
here a chorus of "Grab him," "Shut the door," "Hold him --
he's crazy," etc. The figure is Carrington. He pushes by
Henry, Dykes and the rest of the Army group, and runs the
length of the corridor. He comes to a halt at the far end of
the corridor, facing the Creature. Carrington, only a few
feet away from the unearthly visitor, extends his arms in a
Grab him! Eddie! Stop him!
Too late. Shall I go get him?
(after a split second)
No. No, Eddie, don't. Fall back.
The army group continues to retreat.
(his face dimly visible
in the refracted
light of the
Listen to me -- I'm your friend!
Look, my hands are in the air -- I
have no weapons -- I'm your friend --
you must understand that. You're
wiser than I -- you must understand
I'm trying to help you -- Don't come
any further. They'll kill you!! Look
at me, I'm defenseless -- you must
see that I don't mean to hurt you --
I want to know you -- to help you --
Believe me! You have a greater
intelligence than anything on Earth --
Use it -- use it -- look at me and
know what I'm trying to tell you --
I'm not your enemy -- I'm a scientist --
The Creature has paused before Carrington's tirade as if
studying him. Now, without haste, it lifts one arm, and flicks
its hand at Carrington's throat. Carrington falls to the
floor almost decapitated, his last words still gurgling in
his throat. The Creature steps over Carrington's corpse and
enters the tunnel. It advances five or six steps.
Watch out! Here we go!
He presses the switch in his hand. A bombardment of huge
sparks leaps from ceiling to floor. The Creature is caught
in the lightning flashes. It stands motionless as the thousand
volt bolts crack through it from head to foot. In front of
it stand the five men -- axes ready, and weirdly visible in
the spitting light. The Creature begins to glow like a
filament, then bursts into flame. It sinks to the ground.
Don't move anybody!
(pointing a small
Keep that light going! I got him! I
The Creature's form melts in the flames. As it dwindles away,
Henry ends the spark bombardment. The lights of the passage
come up full. The men move toward the heap of ashes remaining
of the Creature.
Go tell them it's over -- and to get
the furnace going.
As MacAuliff moves to obey, Chapman, Nikki and a number of
the refugees come out of the generator room.
Dr. Carrington -- what happened to
(to Henry. Kneeling
A clean sweep, Captain. Both monsters
INT. RADIO ROOM 7 A.M.
The wind is still blowing, the snow still swirling outside
the tower windows.
Hendrix sits exhausted at his radio sending panel.
Skeely is hoarse and almost out on his feet with sleep. He
drinks coffee. A coffee pot is boiling over on an electric
stove beside him.
Captain Henry sits on the cot bed. He is trying to stay awake.
Those pills taking hold?
Don't fight them. Relax.
I've got to --
That can all wait. First you have
got to rest. We all do.
He goes out.
Just a minute.
Dutch Harbor, can you hear me?
(back out of radio)
Dutch Harbor -- reception clear.
(excited and hoarse)
General Fogarty standing by for
Coming -- I'm coming.
Instead he sinks onto the cot bed.
(at the microphone)
North Pole, November 15 -- Ned Skeely
General Fogarty standing by for
Tell General Fogarty to read it in
the papers. Flash. The world's
greatest battle was fought and won
today by the human race. Here at the
top of the world a handful of American
soldiers and civilians wiped out the
first invasion from another planet.
Captain Henry -- come in. General
Fogarty standing by.
As Skeely continues to broadcast, Nikki enters. She looks
around sleepily. She sees Henry stretched out on the cot
bed, goes to him and starts shaking him awake. But nothing
will rouse him.
Failing to bring Henry to wakefullness, Nikki smiles sleepily
and stretches out in the cot beside him. She closes her eyes.
Henry opens his eyes and looks at her foggily. He tries to
embrace her but cannot.
Untie me, honey.
You bet I will. Tomorrow.
Henry sticks his nose into her neck and falls happily asleep.
During this Skeely is broadcasting.
Stand by, all newspapers! Flash
continued! This first skirmish for
the possession of the earth by the
creatures from space was won by the
daring leadership of Captain Patrick
Henry. Noah once saved the world
with an ark of wood. Captain Henry
performed a similar service for our
planet with an arc of electricity.
But, ladies and gentlemen of the
globe -- there is an enemy hovering
over our heads -- an enemy with an
armada of flying saucers, and an
army of super human and fantastic
warriors. Every citizen of the world
must become a sentinel watching the
skies. Keep looking for the next
flying saucer -- watch the skies,
watch everything over your head --
throw a ring of watch towers around
the earth -- Keep looking --- looking --
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