Science Fiction Films in the 1950s

Christine Cornea

in Science Fiction Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624652
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671106 | DOI:
Science Fiction Films in the 1950s

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This chapter investigates the science fiction films of the 1950s in America. The 1950s was the decade that marked the beginning of the end for the Hollywood studio system when the oligopoly of the major studios began to break down. The alien invasion films and the science fiction/horror films of that era exhibited an overwhelming concern with the family. Like so many of the American and Japanese films of the time, the British science fiction/horror films of that time ostensibly dealt with the destructive potential of atomic weaponry and concerns surrounding the development and future use of nuclear power. The British films presented largely substitute the female with the monster in their fight to retain an orderly, masculine realm. Finally, an interview with Billy Gray regarding his role in a science fiction film is provided.

Keywords: science fiction films; America; alien invasion films; British science fiction; horror films; family; nuclear power; Billy Gray

Chapter.  22284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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