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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 #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mark
Great film.

A couple of things about Tom Tryon.  He continued acting and was very active in the 1960s in non-horror roles,  the most important one was the starring role in Otto Preminger's 1963 epic "The Cardinal".  Tryon was the lead and was billed above established stars like John Huston, Patrick O'Neal, Ossie Davis, Robert Morse and Carol Lynley. Some credit the film being made in 1966.  After a few other roles, he turned to writing and became a fantastic and highly successful gothic horror novelist.  He most famous work was "The Other", which was made into a very spooky and successful film in the early 1970s.  Sadly, Mr. Tryon died a few years ago of cancer, I believe.  There are some web sites devoted to him and his literary/acting career.  Look around.

On to the flick... I saw this one as a little kid on the tube and is scared me to death.  Director Gene Fowler did an amazing job with a shoestring budget.  Note the glowing obscurity of the aliens (and the brevity of their appearances).  It keeps us from seeing what otherwise would be a laughable outer space costume.  The monochromatic filming adds another neat twist... even the daylight scenes appear dark and ominous.  The acting was a highlight... Tryon was good, and Gloria Talbot was even better as his frustrated, gutsy wife.  

Locations were great too!  Dig that crazy country club on the edge of  town.  Everyone in town was getting blasted at the bar, unaware of the alien danger that lurked between them and their way home.  Spooky!  

Slapsy Maxie Rosenbloom was the bartender and what cool cars!  This one has it all... even the goofy title ropes you in until you realize this one is a keeper all the way.

I saw this before I saw "Body Snatchers", and although the Don Siegel film is better,  it just doesn't seem as scary or effective to me.  

Watch this one, but not alone.  Wait.. could it be YOUR spouse is an alien?  On second thought, watch it alone... or better yet, with your dog.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dan Lyon
The B&W horror flicks deserve respect (always respect your elders!) plus the dames wear those nose-cone bras, another major plus. Married is just great. Stereotypical ex-prizefighter bartender, trendy beachwear, firearms... everything you need for a weekend bash. Higly recommended, it's in my collection and was not easy to find. I think I would have left some of the townsfolk in distress but that's just me - bitter, bitter, bitter.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bruce
Cool thing: The human disguise generated by the aliens to hide their faces disappears when lightning flashes. And the alien spaceship is just a DOOR in the woods! - Now THAT'S low budget!
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Now an old man
Didn't know Gloria Talbot was dead. Always enjoyed her acting and fell in love with those wide eyes so many years ago. I guess if I were able to swap my wife for another, it would have to be Gloria. I am so glad we have her movies to remember her by. Did she have a family?
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Greg
Just read that Gloria Talbot died back in 2000... As a teen, I fell in love with here, and believe she is one of the most under appreciated actresses.  Years ago when Tom Snyder had his radio show, Tom Tyron was on and I called in asking about  his experience making "I married..." He indicated that she was a wonderful person and they had time to talk about the movie and that movie and Gloria convinced him he could do better and that led him to start writing.

Sorry I never met her...
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mike52t
During the 1950's, a woman's sexual appeal could be measured by her ability to fill out a tight sweater. 'Sweater girls' were very popular. Even a pre-adolescent like yours truly was interested, though not yet sure of what.
Gloria Talbot was hot!
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #15. Posted on January 12, 2006, 02:32:57 PM by Cambot99
This movie was great, another classic.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by CK
I knew Gloria. She had a son that was older than I, and we'd go over to her house when she had parties since our parents were friends of hers, we'd sit on the stairs and watch the stars. She was always so bright, lot's of jewelry, big smile. Her son and two of my Godparents kids were in Santa's sleigh float with her in the 50's in the Hollywood Christmas parade.
That was along time ago.
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