June 20th, 1959, 50th Anniversary of “Teenagers from Outer Space”

If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re missing out on a true (cheesy) B movie endeavor at it’s finest.  Available in about three or four different DVD packs, I highly recommend this one to watch with a bunch of friends on a Saturday night,,, Not too late though, because it is a pretty long movie with way too much dialog.  It’s a science fiction story full of teenage rebellion,,,which obviously occurs on other plants besides Earth, Alien bullies and murderers, brilliant and reasonable scientists. Some awesome Hollywood locations from the 50’s, a cute little puppy, space ships and giant lobster monsters, a really cool ray gun that equals Decker’s gun from Bladerunner, and as a special treat there is an early cameo appearance of the skeleton from “Lost Skeleton of the Cadavra” (This must have been some of the skeleton’s early work because he has no speaking lines, and he played all the parts that needed to show some bones falling to the ground.  The Skeleton had to wait 40+ years to get his big break in Hollywood.  He was rediscovered wasting away in an old lab by Larry Blamire, who immediately cast him as the star of his film and then later the sequel).  Anyway, all of this is wrapped around an intergalactic love story that will make all you lonely teens out there feel warmth in your hearts and even bring a tear to your eye.  It is a definitely a campy adventure that is a lot of fun to watch.  The movie will end leaving you wanting more so you should make it a double feature night and get “Lost Skeleton of the Cadavra” too.  I’ll do a special post on this one and the sequel soon but for now here is a little fodder for those that love the best of the worst of the B-movies from the  glorious atomic age.




the poster

the poster


A team of gangly spacemen (or teens) arrive on Earth in a screw-shaped space ship. They have been searching the galaxy for a planet suitable to raise their herd of “gargons”, a lobster-like (but air-breathing) creature which is a food staple on their homeworld. Thor (Bryan Pearson), the first spaceman to emerge, shows his contempt for other-worldly creatures by using his vaporization weapon on a little dog, Sparky, that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Derek (David Love), upon discovering an inscription upon Sparky’s dog tag, voices his fear that the herd of gargon might destroy Earth’s local inhabitants. The other spacemen scoff. As members of the “supreme race”, they are disdainful of “foreign beings”, no matter how intelligent, and pride themselves on the fact that families and friendships are forbidden on their world. Derek reveals himself to be a member of an underground which commemorates earlier, more humane periods of the homeworld’s history.

The gargon seems unable to thrive in Earth’s atmosphere. During this distraction, Derek flees, before the gargon revives and flourishes. When the Captain reports Derek’s antics, he is connected to the Leader (Gene Sterling) himself. It turns out that Derek is the son of their Leader, though Derek is not aware of this. Thor is sent to retrieve Derek, with orders to kill if necessary to protect the mission. They return to their base, leaving the gargon behind, hoping to judge its growth rate by the time they return.

Meanwhile, Derek follows the address on the dog tag to a private home that belongs to Betty Morgan (Dawn Anderson) and her Grandpa Joe (Harvey B. Dunn). They have a room to rent, and Derek inadvertently becomes a boarder. When Betty’s boyfriend, reporter Joe Rogers (Tom Graeff), can’t make their afternoon plans, Derek goes along to visit Alice (Sonia Torgeson). He shows the tag to Betty who recognizes it immediately. Derek takes her to the place where the ship landed, and shows her Sparky’s remains. She doesn’t believe him, so he describes Thor’s “focusing disintegrator ray” that strips flesh from bone. Betty takes this well, and vows to help Derek stop the bad guys.

During the course of the day Betty and Derek have more than one run in with Thor and his ray gun, and Joe grapples with news stories of skeletons popping up all over town, including in Alice’s swimming pool. Eventually Thor is wounded, and when he kidnaps Betty and Derek in order to seek medical attention, he reveals Derek’s true parentage. Two car chases and a gunfight ensue, and Thor is finally captured by authorities after plummeting off a cliff in a stolen car.

But there are bigger problems than Thor: the gargon has grown immensely, killing a policeman with whom Joe was investigating the landing site, and attacking numerous people. Derek and Betty immediately head out to the car wreck to look for the gun. Derek and Betty share a kiss, and he vows to make Earth his home and never leave. When the gargon ruins their romantic moment, Derek finds the gun just in time for them to escape. Unfortunately the gun has been damaged in the crash, and the monster is coming towards the town. They head out once again to confront it, using power lines to fuel the disintegrator. They kill the gargon, but it’s too late: enemy ships have appeared overhead.

The whole gang, including Joe and Grandpa, hurry out to the landing site. Derek reunites with his father, and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the Earth by leading the fleet directly into the hillside and causing a massive explosion. Derek does not survive, but is remembered to have said that he would “make the Earth my home, forever,”.


the above synopsis provided with thanks from Wikipedia


the drill bit spaceship

the drill bit spaceship


the first victim of the visiting aliens
the first victim of the visiting aliens


what an awesome jet pilot's helmet

what an awesome jet pilot's helmet

puppeteered bones fall to the ground stripped of all flesh

puppeteered bones fall to the ground stripped of all flesh

poor little fella

poor little fella

check out the cool alien technology

check out the cool alien technology

the dog tags lead the outcast sensitive teen alien to the owner

the dog tags lead the outcast sensitive teen alien to the owner

meeting the puppies owners and the beginning of the love story

meeting the puppy's owners and the beginning of the love story

a killing rampage ensues as the bully alien searches for the runaway teen,

a killing rampage ensues as the bully alien searches for the runaway teen

even though your people killed my dog and I believe your story that your from outer space bringing killer Gargons to devour the Earth, I,, I still love you!

even though your people killed my dog and I kinda believe your story that you're from outer space bringing killer Gargons to devour the Earth, I,, I still love you!

check out the kids looking at the bones, the guy in the phone booth is writer, director is Tom Graeff

check out the kids looking at the bones, the guy in the phone booth is writer, director is Tom Graeff

more skeletons to come

more skeletons to come

Bronson Cave

Bronson Cave

Battling a Gargon!

Battling a Gargon!

a must see

a must see

the Skeleton's big break!

the Skeleton's big break!

15 Responses to “June 20th, 1959, 50th Anniversary of “Teenagers from Outer Space””

  1. 1 Syd Hughes
    June 20, 2009 at 8:58 am

    The high council may well sentence you to TOOOORRTTCHHAAAAA!

  2. 2 deg
    June 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Waaaa, poor puppy! Waaa… 😦

    Classic. I gotta see this one again, eh.

    Is that REALLY the same skeleton in the Cadavra films (those films rock funny!), bud, or are you just kiddin’ around, eh?


    PS. Gotta do an entry on Gargoyles, eh. And I’m going to look for an ol’ VHS (as it’s not out on DVD or Blu-ray yet), and if I can’t find one, I may just ask to borrow yours, eh. 😉

  3. 3 deg
    June 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Ut, I take that back, Gargoyles is on DVD, but it’s like 50 bucks! Even the VHS is 35 bucks! Geez, who knew such a film could command such profit! I gotta look around other places besides Amazon, eh.


  4. 4 deg
    June 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

    AH, I found a DVD copy of Gargoyles for $22 + $3 s/h on eBay, and that was a lucky fluke as all the others are up passed $60 – $168! Woo-hoo, he shoots, he scores! 😀


  5. 5 Richard Knapp
    June 20, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Wow – I have never heard of this movie. As a kid growing up in NY in the late 60s we had two Saturday night shows that ran old monster and sci-fi movies, Creature Features on channel 5 and Chiller Theater on channel 9. I miss those days of local channels with local programming. This one looks like a lot of fun. I’m going to have to dig up a copy. Thanks for posting John!

  6. 6 Syd Hughes
    June 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Guys, the movie is comically awful.

    Youtube’s got MST3K’s take on it, which is hilarious, though. TORRRCHAAAAARRRR

  7. 7 Buckaroohawk
    June 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve never seen “Teenagers from Outer Space,” but “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” is a brilliant send-up of 1950’s B movies. It’s absolutely hilarious, and it’s not just the script either. You have to really watch the film to see all the little “easter eggs” peppered throughout. Characters inexplicably change clothes from scene to scene, hairstyles change, the same sets are used multiple times as different locations with almost no redressing; the list goes on and on. It’s a very funny movie I highly recommend. I haven’t seen the sequel yet, but even if it’s only half as good as the first, that’s still pretty funny.

  8. 8 DeanneM
    June 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Should I read all of this? It’s on my list of stuff you gave me to watch, and I like to watch movies without too much idea what happens! Maybe I should check out Syd’s info about the MST3K version on Youtube, since I generally enjoy those so much. 😀

  9. 9 bender23
    June 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Heh, that MST3K was indeed hilarious. What about torcha?!

  10. 10 Masao
    June 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I saw this movie when I was about 9 years old, on the Mel Jass Matinee Movie, shown on the old WTCN-11 from the Twin Cities. Even at that time, my friends and I recognized how ridiculous the movie was, but for the next week we acted out scenes from movie. I saw dozens of 1950s sci-fi movies thanks to Mel Jass, which made me the man I am today! I wonder, do kids today have somewhere they can see these cinematic classics, free of snarky comments and free of charge?

  11. 11 Matt Boardman
    June 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Hahaha! This looks entertaining! I’ll have to check it out!

    BTW, didn’t know where else to post this, but Happy Father’s Day, John! 🙂

  12. June 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I can’t believe I paid money to see this at a matinee revival. Sorry guys, but even as a kid I thought it was really bad.

  13. June 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Last night I watched this cheezey classic for the first time. I got my hands on the MST3K episode featuring it. Seriously… I love the disintegrator ray! Great awful flashlight effect, but I think the thing that made it really magical…

    The clackey bone noise that the foley artist chose. Even the dead girl clacked when her bones fell into the pool.

  14. June 27, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I found this fascinating quote today:

    This is why I’m creating my own cheap pools; You play a crucial role in this area.

    Fusion, cheap above ground swimming pools

  15. October 24, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the piece on Teenagers 🙂 I’ve been working on a documentary about the film since 2006, and I love stumbling across articles about it!

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