The Day the Earth Caught Fire (November 23, 1961)

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Released on November 23, 1946: When the U.S. and the Soviet Union both detonate a test nuclear bomb at the exact same instant, the world may be headed for quick destruction.

Produced by Val Guest

Directed by Val Guest

The Actors: Janet Munro (Jeannie Craig), Leo McKern (Bill Maguire), Edward Judd (Peter Stenning), Michael Goodliffe (night editor Jacko Jackson), Bernard Braden (news editor Dave Davis), Reginald Beckwith (Harry), Gene Anderson (May), Renee Asherson (Angela), Arthur Christiansen (newspaper editor Jeff Jefferson), Austin Trevor (Sir John Kelly), Edward Underdown (Dick Sanderson), Ian Ellis (Michael Stenning), Jane Aird (Nanny), John Barron (first sub-editor), Timothy Bateson (printer in print room), Peter Blythe (copy desk man), Peter Butterworth (second sub-editor), Michael Caine (checkpoint policeman), Norman Chappell (hotel receptionist), Geoffrey Chater (Pat Holroyd), Harold Coyne (newspaper editor), John Dearth (Dick), Pamela Green (nurse at laundrette), Verina Greenlaw (Trixie, little girl lost in fog), Robin Hawdon (Ronnie), Fred Johnson (Archie), Reginald Marsh (picture editor), Jim McManus (man at water station), Carmel McSharry (woman lost in fog), George Merritt (Smudge), Charles Morgan (foreign editor), John Rae (Sarge the doorman), Terence Soall (unknown), Marianne Stone (Jeff's secretary Miss Evans), Terry Walsh (unknown)

 

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The End . . . Or Another Beginning . . .

If the 1930’s and 1940’s were the golden age of cowboy western movies, the 1950’s and 1960’s were the golden age of Science Fiction. Science was advancing quickly enough to enable movie studios to begin filming very realistic special effects. World War II was over and the new threat to the peace of the world was the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Both nations had ‘the bomb’ – nuclear weapons – and both nations were busy threatening each other with nuclear destruction . . . And many were thinking that if the earth endured a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that it would be the end of the entire earth, not only the losing nation. Fortunately (he said with tongue in cheek), both nations built so many nuclear weapons that it prevented both nations from pulling the trigger on nuclear war . . . Both nations built enough nuclear bombs to destroy the entire earth many times over . . . They called it MAD – Mutual Assured Destruction . . . You see, the theory was that if the U.S. had enough bombs to destroy the Soviet Union even after a first strike, they would never dare attack, because it would be suicide to try . . . And the Soviet Union had built enough bombs to promise us the same fate if we would ever drop ‘the bomb’ on them. So here we are in 1961 in London, and we meet a newspaper reporter who loves to drink to drown the memory of his cheating wife . . . Yes, it is 1961 and not 1931, but star newspaper reporters still love their booze. . . Some things never change. . . . But in this adventure some things do change . . . The end of the world seems to be upon us . . . You see, there was an accident. . . . It seems that the U.S. exploded a large nuclear weapon test one day, and at the exact same instant halfway around the globe in the Soviet Union they were exploding a nuclear bomb test. . . The exact same instant. . . The earth is now a month away from careening into the sun because of the effects of the two giant bombs . . . Now a piece of true history . . . This movie premiered in November of 1961, and a month earlier, on October 30, 1961, the Soviet Union exploded the ‘Tsar Bomba’ the largest above ground nuclear weapon ever exploded . . . ever. Now, back to our movie adventure, the newspaper reporter and his girlfriend are on the story, and in 1961 the movie viewers probably had a real feeling that the earth may not last another generation and this was real life adventure that would happen any day. . . . Well, with fingers crossed I can tell you that our old ball of rotating mud is still around . . . But I am not as confident about the survival of great newspapers like the London Daily Express, where our heroes work. A fan recently told me that Edward Judd, star of this movie, was best friends with Michael Caine, who would not become a star in his own right until appearing in the 1964 film "Zulu," when co-Bond producer Harry Saltzman was impressed enough to offer him a 7 movie contract. Up until this time Edward Judd always managed to get Caine a small part in his movies, like his one line in this one. After Michael Cain became a bigger star than Edward Judd, he returned the favor, always finding a small roll for Judd in his movies. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Leo McKern, Edward Judd, Janet Munro and Gene Anderson
Leo McKern, Edward Judd, Janet Munro and Gene Anderson
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Leo McKern with the globe
Leo McKern with the globe
Arthur Christiansen
Arthur Christiansen
Leo McKern with the globe
Arthur Christiansen
Austin Trevor
Austin Trevor
Bernard Braden
Bernard Braden
Bernard Braden
Bernard Braden
Edward Judd
Edward Judd
Edward Judd and Geoffrey Chater
Edward Judd and Geoffrey Chater
Edward Judd and Ian Ellis
Edward Judd and Ian Ellis
Edward Judd and Janet Munro in the park
Edward Judd and Janet Munro in the park
Edward Judd and Janet Munro
Edward Judd and Janet Munro
Edward Judd carries Verina Greenlaw
Edward Judd carries Verina Greenlaw
Edward Judd
Edward Judd
Edward Judd
Edward Judd
Edward Underdown
Edward Underdown
Gene Anderson and Reginald Beckwith
Gene Anderson and Reginald Beckwith
Jane Aird, Edward Judd and Ian Ellis
Jane Aird, Edward Judd and Ian Ellis
Janet Munro
Janet Munro
Janet Munro, Fred Johnson and Leo McKern
Janet Munro, Fred Johnson and Leo McKern
Janet Munro and Leo McKern
Janet Munro and Leo McKern
Janet Munro
Janet Munro at the telephone switchboard
Janet Munro sunbathing in Gramercy Park
Janet Munro sunbathing in Gramercy Park
Janet Munro
Janet Munro
Leo McKern
Leo McKern
Leo McKern and Edward Judd
Leo McKern and Edward Judd
Leo McKern
Leo McKern
Peter Blythe
Peter Blythe
Reginald Beckwith and Edward Judd
Reginald Beckwith and Edward Judd
Reginald Beckwith and Gene Anderson
Reginald Beckwith and Gene Anderson