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Margaret Sheridan in a publicity photo for The Thing (1951).  Margaret was originally cast by Howard Hawks as Tess Millay in Red River, with the part eventually going to Joanne Dru when Margaret became pregnant and unavailable.  When he finally got to work with her, he was disappointed as she had lost a spark due to motherhood.

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The scientists make a discovery in The Thing (1951), filmed in Glacier National Park in Montana, but set somewhere in the Arctic near the North Pole.

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Kenneth Tobey and Margaret Sheridan make a fine Hawksian couple (of scientists) with consistently witty dialogue in The Thing (1951).

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James Arness in full makeup made his film debut as The Thing (1951).

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Kenneth Tobey poses for a publicity still in The Thing (1951).  Kenneth was born in Oakland and had 221 acting credits in his career, from a 1945 tv movie to 2005.

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Margaret Sheridan and Kenneth Tobey in a rare color publicity still for The Thing (1951).

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The scientists in The Thing (1951) try to make sense of their icy specimen.

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When the ice thaws, it turns out to be Gunsmoke’s James Arness as The Thing (1951).

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Robert Cornthwaite is writing something down as he confers with the research team in The Thing (1951).  Robert was also one of the scientists working with Cary Grant in Monkey Business (1952).

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Robert Cornthwaite as Dr Arthur Carrington with a scalpel to cut into The Thing (1951).

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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.