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Daleks Invade Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

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Daleks Invade Earth 2150 A.D.

(BRITISH)

(Color)

Safe box office magnet for juve audiences, though the plot seems a shade complicated for moppets.

London, Aug. 2.

British release

British Lion release, through BLC of an Aaru (Milton Subotsky, Max J. Rosenberg) production. Directed by Gordon Flemyng. Stars Peter Cushing. Bernard Gribbins, Ray Brooks, Jill Curzon, Roberta Tovey. Andrew Keir; features Godfrey Quigley, Geoffrey Cheshire, Kenneth Watson. Screenplay, Subotsky. from BBC-TV serial by Terry Nation. Camera (Technicolor) John Wilcox: editor, Ann Chegwidden; music, Bill McGuffie. Reviewed at Studio One, London. Running Time, 84 MINS.

The Daleks films, offshoots of a pop BBC-TV series, have caught on with the youngsters, and curent one should register strongly at boxoffire with them, though the plot and technical details may be a little too advanced for the main core of Daleks' followers. y However, Ted Samuels has pulled off a lively job with the special effects and the Daleks themselves, mechanical monsters with voices rather like that of Andy Devine, are formidable heavies.

Dr. Who, in his time and space machine, arrives in London in 2150 A.D. to find it ravaged after a Dalek invasion. The earth's cities have been razed by meteorites and cosmic rays and human beings have been turned into living dead men called Robomen. Prisoners have been taken and forced to work in a secret mine as slaves. Objective of the Daleks, subsequently revealed, is to blast a metallic core out of the earth and use the planet as a giant flying saucer. There's a small is knot of resistance fighters holded out in London, determined to fight the Daleks. Dr. Who and his party join up with the resistance movement. After sundry narrow squeaks, Dr. Who's scientific knowledge enables them to outwit the invaders.

It is all fairly naive stuff decked out with impressive scientific jargon. Peter Cushing, as the professor; Jill Curzon, as his niece, and Roberta Tovey, as the granddaughter, have learned to play it with the necessary seriousness. Bernard Cribbins as the policeman provides some amusing light relief. Godfrey Quigley, Andrew Keir, Kenneth Watson and hSeila Steafel chip in with useful supporting performances.

But it is the clever way in which the cone-like Daleks are of moved and juggled that gives the film its main kick. It's well-lensed in Technicolor by John Wilcox. Bill McGuffie's score is occasionally over heavy on the ear, but other credits, such as auditing by Ann Chegwidden. artwork and sound are efficient.

Rich.

Spelling correction: Sheila Steafel

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