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Copyright 1958 Paramount Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Marge - Happy little homemaker, other than the fact that she can't seem to get pregnant and her husband can shed his skin.
  • Bill - Marge's husband, he spends most of the film as a guycicle while some monster runs around in his birthday suit.
  • Sam - He could sure use a visit to a Betty Ford clinic, alien possession saves him from liver disease.
  • Helen - Sam's girlfriend and, eventually, wife. I nicknamed her "Throat Cancer Woman," listen to her talk and you'll know why.
  • Ted and Caroline - The happy couple, he's one of the few human men left.
  • Grady - Alcoholic bartender, now there's a combination.
  • Dr. Wayne - Town gynecologist.
  • Francine - Either a serious bar slut or a hooker, it hardly matters after an alien disintegrates her. (Except for all those guys she gave a venereal disease, I bet it mattered to them.)
  • The Aliens - Wandering the universe looking for a supply of fertile women, since they unfortunately managed to misplace their own. (Actually all their females died out.)

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The Plot: 

Fathers constantly worry about what sort of man their little girl will fall in love with, Marge's obviously did not take the time to warn her about impotent aliens though. The night before getting married Bill is replaced by a glowing alien, though he looks and smells the same (Could this guy sweat any more?), the young bride can tell something is wrong. Her fears are multiplied by animal's strange reactions to Bill and his mysterious midnight walks, so she follows him one night and discovers the truth. There is a terrific little section where she tries to warn authorities (They've already been taken.) or flee the town, but everyone knows a woman's place is in the kitchen. It goes much like this: "What? Your husband's an alien? Well that's too bad, but he's still the man of the house..." Marge finally does convince someone, her gynecologist, he rounds up all the real men in town (Not a shot at the male alien's virility, well maybe a little one.) and they attack the spaceship. Fortunately one guy brings along his German Shepherds, the monsters are invulnerable to bullets, but sic one dog on them and it's the Alamo all over again. This is another one of the classic drinking movies as well, if someone doesn't have a double shot of scotch in hand they must be from another world. One of the better plots and acting examples you'll find from the 50's b-movie closet.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Bachelor parties have come a long way in forty years.
  • Aliens understand all the nuances of driving, but not how to turn on the lights.
  • Normal people have children within one year of marriage.
  • Aliens have low sperm counts.
  • Women hate it when their alcoholic husbands stop drinking.
  • Cops used to shoot people in the street. (Thank you Rodney King for changing that.)
  • Women wear bras to bed.
  • There was a reason evolution stuck our jugular vein inside the body; it is called "dogs."

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - Is the Earth shouting at us?
  • 5 mins - Dummy in the road, hehehehe!
  • 11 mins - Why does lightning make his real face come out?
  • 28 mins - She should not be running around in just a dressing gown in the middle of the day. Oh it is night; what was I thinking?
  • 54 mins - Oxygen is poisonous to them? Okay then...
  • 62 mins - Alfred Hitchcock?
  • 76 mins - I think the aliens are full of margaritas! Yum!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note imarried1.wav Marge: "That doesn't look like me at all."
Dr. Wayne: "If you were turned inside out that's the way you'd look."
Green Music Note imarried2.wav Bill and Sam talking about the shortcomings of humans.
Green Music Note imarried3.wav Throat Cancer Woman: "Oh I just love rehearsing for weddings, especially when it's my own."
Green Music Note imarried4.wav Marge: "Your race has no women. It can't have children. It will die out!"

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There is one less loose woman in the world.

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I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #1. Posted on March 30, 2000, 04:17:35 AM by Squishy
Oof, I love Gloria Talbott (who also starred in "The Leech Woman," as seen on MST3K, and little-seen Bert I. Gordon nyuk-fest "The Cyclops"). She juts! ...and has nice screen presence too. Remade just recently as "I Married A Monster" for NO REASON WHATSOEVER. This one's more fun--much more. (Why are the aliens sucking on ping-pong balls?)
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #2. Posted on April 01, 2000, 10:16:46 PM by pmh
This is a good,effective chiller. I like Marge; she is brave, unravels the mystery of her "monster husband" and saves the world from aliens. There are some good,albeit low budget effects, like the flashes of lightning that reveal the monster's true identity. The creeping sense of paranoia is well done. I guess I'm just a sucker for these types of 1950's paranoia-scifi movies.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #3. Posted on May 23, 2000, 04:17:13 PM by jason hyde
terrific little movie, this one. and it's got gloria talbott, who was in the mamie van doren/mel torme classic girls town, and just about every television western in the fifties. once, it seems, you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting gloria talbott in something. god bless the fifties. next to terry the bad girl from teenage crimewave, gloria was just about the cutest thing the decade had to offer.
this is actually an atmospheric, intelligent film hiding under a sensational b-movie title (a great title, following the great tradition of "i...." titles).the alien's pretty keen, too.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #4. Posted on August 22, 2000, 05:57:24 PM by Ala
Why didn't they just call it "I married a Homosexual Communist" ? Terrible, truly terrible.

An excellent film!
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Vince
"I Married a Monster from Outer Space" has just recently been shown here in Australia very late at night and enjoyed by yours truly.  I'd love to know what ever happened to Tom Tryon and I'd also like to know who was that ultra-handsome policeman who smiles as he gets shot by that idiot of a private detective.  Does anyone know?
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BoyScoutKevin
I mean to add in my last comment, that Tom Tryon had a career as a writer as well. Writing "The Other" among others. Enjoy them as well.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BoyScoutKevin
Another good "bad" movie, I have waited along time to see. So, let me see if I can answer a couple of the questions asked. We know that the aliens needed a circuit to maintain their human face. And we know that lightning sometimes affects electricity. Therefore, if we presume the aliens used an electrical circuit, we can then presume that the lightning affected the electrical circuit, which means the aliens could not maintain their human face, which caused their alien face to appear for a few moments, when lightning struck. As for Tom Tryon. Deceased. Cancer. 9/4/91. L.A. CA USA. They don't make films like this anymore. So enjoy.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by redbird
Love Gloria Talbott.  What kind of bras did women wear in the 50s?  Makes her look like she's got a pair of torpedos in there....
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