THEM!

“THEM!!” is possibly the best of the B-Movie Sci-Fi-Horror flicks ever.
Watch Marshall Dillon (James Arness) enlist the help of Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) to track down whom or what is killing people in the New Mexican desert. The key to this 1954 opus is that it presents the story has a murder mystery. James Whitmore (Who looks a lot like Spencer Tracy) stars as a crusty New Mexico highway patrolman who finds a little girl played by Sandy Descher (Miracle on 34th Street) wandering in the desert. 


Keep watching to spot Leonard Nimoy and Fess Parker in minor parts.

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Stop here, watch the movie and come back.

Did you like the movie?  This is one of my favorite scenes…

This movie was number one of a Saturday morning sci-fi Double Feature that I played for the kids as soon as they were  old enough to change the channels.  It was cute to see them bounce up and down yelling “SHOOT THE ANTENNAE!  SHOOT THE ANTENNAE!”  But check out Spencer Tracy running back to the squad car to get the Thompson out of the trunk.  Now there’s a man of action.

I’ve been watching this movie since about 1966 or 1967 and probably is responsible for my life-long love of flame throwers.

Yeah, they’re puppets but the plot is so good you tend to forget.  Like the mechanical shark in Jaws, you don’t see much of THEM.  Technically this is a RED SCARE movie and you have to love it when the U.S. Army swings into action at the end of the movie.

It was this role that got James Arness the role of Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke” when the TV producers spotted him.  Fess Parker also won his role of “Davy Crockett” when Walt Disney saw him in THEM!

UFO fans will notice this is a not to subtle reference to the Flying Saucers seen by Ken Arnold June 24, 1947.

Did you miss Leonard Nimoy?  Here he is….

Keep an eye out for the crew pushing the ants around.

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Room 217

On October 30th, 1974, a young man needed to find shelter from a storm.  He checked into room 217.

The hotel was the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Stanley did not have heat to much of the hotel and was shutting down for the winter.  But the snow was blowing outside so the staff let the young man use room 217.

The hotel was empty and the young man roamed the halls.  he thought he saw a maid in one of the hallways but as he approached her, she vaporized.

Shaken up, the young man still spent the night and left the next day when the storm abated.

That young man was Stephen King.  He used his stay at the Stanley has inspiration for his novel.

STUFF YOU DON”T KNOW

You can still stay in room 217 at the Stanley.  You can sign up for the Ghost Tour.  When you check in, kick off your shoes and watch “The Shining” because it runs continuously on channel 42 at the Stanley.

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