Devil Girl From Mars (1954)

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Devil_Girl_From_Mars_posterDEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954) A “meteor” falls near an Inn in some remote Scottish shire, but – as you might surmise from the title – it turns out to be part of a spaceship commandeered by a leather-clad, dominatrix from Mars – looking for men to replace the ones lost in the war-between-the-sexes back on the 4th stone from the sun. She talks a lot, mostly to pompously show off her species’ superiority, and has a habit of dramatically entering and exiting a room, leaving the puny Earthlings to debate their next move. She also looks eerily like a youthful, Nazi version of Agnes Moorehead. The Inn’s Brit babes are attractive but reserved, while the American journalist is stereotypically a fast-talking booze hound. The Martian robot is laughable, and has been reported (as fact) to be an actual working robot built by the film’s producers. But that’s just not possible, as it’s painfully obvious there’s a guy walking around in there. It’s still surprising how seriously the Brits took the art of low-budget sci-fi in the 50s, playing the most absurd premise with straight-laced, stiff upper lip resolve. The music score is pleasingly offbeat and ominous. Dialog Alert: “Hello… Hello, HELLO! Here I am with a flying saucer in my lap, not to mention an escaped convict, and I can’t get the phone to work.” Find Devil Girl From Mars cheap at Amazon, HERE New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

6 Comments

  • 1
    Sniffity
    January 11, 2013 - 23:46 | Permalink

    It was adapted from a stage play – one can only wonder what a night out *that* would have been.

    • 2
      Willard
      January 12, 2013 - 00:56 | Permalink

      That explains a lot. It looks like they didn’t deviate much from the stage direction, either.

  • 3
    January 12, 2013 - 08:51 | Permalink

    I love the hovering spaceship. Her helmet hair is great too.

  • 4
    Thomas Parker
    January 13, 2013 - 12:51 | Permalink

    Her hair?! If you can tear you eyes away from her legs, you’re a better man than I am, brother…

  • 5
    marten512
    January 18, 2013 - 08:45 | Permalink

    I may be wrong but I believe that Gerald Anderson the Sound Engineer for this film would later become known as Gerry Anderson; producer of the likes of ‘Fireball XL5′, ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Captain Scarlet’ etc.

    As regards its ‘seriousness’; well yes, but surely no more serious than American Sci-Fi. Both were using Sci-Fi as a way of discussing the loss of lives in WWII, the threat of nuclear destruction, the Cold War etc. The difference was that our (British) films tended to be complete crap. In fact, what really helped kick-start British TV and Cinema was McCarthyism which forced many excellent American film writers, editors, directors etc to leave Hollywood and seek employment in Britain.

    • 6
      Willard
      January 18, 2013 - 09:06 | Permalink

      No more serious than good American Sci-Fi, maybe. The crap that dominated the Drive-In circuit in the late 50s early 60s was so poorly made, however, and with such hysterically bad acting, that it made Brit Sci-Fi look like Shakespeare. I think the major difference (if even barely sometimes) was that the Brits treated the country’s long tradition of acting with more respect, as if their careers might have to answer for it all in the morning. The bottom-of-the-barrel American actors treated any screen time – no matter how insipid – as a shot at success… regardless of how low the film’s merits might be. Visit our Drive-In archives for all the examples you need. Thanks for commenting.

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