Day The World Ended
DDay the World Ended – Is a 1955 independently made black-and-white post-apocalyptic science fiction film, produced and directed by Roger Corman, that stars Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens, and Mike Connors.
Chet Huntley of NBC, later of The Huntley-Brinkley Report, served as the film’s narrator. Day the World Ended was released by American Releasing Corporation (later American International Pictures) as a double feature with The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues.
The film’s story line centers on a heroic scientist who, with a small band of other survivors, must face off against a mutant monster following an atomic war that appears to have destroyed human civilization.
An atomic war has seemingly destroyed most, if not all, of human civilization, leaving the Earth contaminated with radioactive fallout.
The apparent single exception is an isolated box canyon, surrounded by lead-bearing cliffs, in which former U.S. Navy Commander Jim Maddison (Paul Birch) lives with his daughter Louise (Lori Nelson) in a home that he has stockpiled with supplies in anticipation of such an apocalypse.
Louise is engaged to be married, but her fiancé is missing. Into this natural bomb shelter stumble survivors, who by chance were inside the canyon when the atomic war occurred. After initially refusing to admit them, Jim relents when his daughter appeals to his humanity.
Among the survivors are a geologist, Rick (Richard Denning), who happens to specialize in uranium mining, and a small-time hood, Tony (Mike Connors with his “moll” Ruby (Adele Jergens), who were on their way to San Francisco.
There are two struggles for survival: the first is a simple question of whether the radioactive fallout will dissipate, and if so, if it will do so before the rain comes to wash out what is in the atmosphere to fall to Earth, contaminating the shelter.
The second threat comes in the form of a hideous atomic mutated monster (Paul Blaisdell), which seems bent on killing anything it comes across, but only consuming those creatures contaminated by fallout.
Richard Denning as Rick
Lori Nelson as Louise Maddison
Adele Jergens as Ruby
Mike Connors (credited as Touch Connors) as Tony Lamontly consuming those creatures contaminated by fallout.
Paul Birch as Jim Maddison
Raymond Hatton as Pete
Paul Dubov as Radek
Jonathan Haze as Contaminated Man
Paul Blaisdell as Mutant
Roger Corman as Nelson, Louise’s fiancé in framed photograph (unaccredited)
Chet Huntley as Narrator (unaccredited)