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Kenneth Tobey as Capt Patrick Hendry in The Thing (1951)

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James Arness as The Thing (1950)

spoiler alert – the electrifying conclusion of The Thing (1951)

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James Arness in the non-speaking title role of The Thing (1951).  James is best known as Matt Dillon on 635 episodes of the long running tv western Gunsmoke (1955-75).

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Margaret Sheridan as Nikki in The Thing (1951).  Margaret was originally cast by Howard Hawks as Tess Millay in Red River (1948) but she became pregnant and had to withdraw.  When Hawks finally worked with her, he felt that a spark in her was missing.

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publicity still of the work team in The Thing (1951).  Christian Nyby got director credit from producer Howard Hawks.  There is nothing else outstanding in Christian’s career.

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Dewey Martin as crew chief Bob in The Thing (1951), the first of three films he made with Howard Hawks.

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The Thing is Howard Hawks’ 35th film.  Although he only took credit as producer, it is unmistakably a Hawks film.

The Thing premiered Apr 6, 1951.

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a typical Hawksian work group in The Thing (1951)

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publicity still for The Thing (1951), remade in 1982 and 2011.

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behind the scenes of The Thing (1951) with James Arness and his mini me.