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The Blob

The initial production of Jack H. Harris, a regional distrib in the Philadelphia area, The Blob had a reported budget of $240,000. Story, from an idea by Irvine H. Millgate, will tax the imagination of adult patrons.

With:
Steve McQueen Aneta Corseaut Earl Rowe Olin Howlin

The initial production of Jack H. Harris, a regional distrib in the Philadelphia area, The Blob had a reported budget of $240,000. Story, from an idea by Irvine H. Millgate, will tax the imagination of adult patrons.

A small Pennsylvania town has been plagued by teenage pranks. Hence, when highschoolers Steve McQueen and Aneta Corseaut report that a parasitic substance from outer space has eaten the local doctor and his nurse, no one will believe them. Especially when no bodies can be found.

Neither the acting nor direction is particularly creditable. McQueen, who’s handed star billing, makes with the old college try while Corseaut also struggles valiantly as his girlfriend.

Star performers, however, are the camerawork of Thomas Spalding and Barton Sloane’s special effects. Production values otherwise are geared to economy. Intriguing is the title number, written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David. It’s sung offscreen by a harmony group as the credits unreel. Picture was lensed at the Valley Forge, Pa, studios.

The Blob

Production: Paramount/Tonylyn. Director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr; Producer Jack H. Harris; Screenplay Theodore Simonson, Kate Phillips; Camera Thomas Spalding; Editor Alfred Hillman; Music Jean Yeaworth; Art Director William Jersey, Karl Karlson

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1958. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Steve McQueen Aneta Corseaut Earl Rowe Olin Howlin

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