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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film directed by Don Siegel, that was released through Allied Artists Picture Corporation.

Daniel Mainwaring adapted the screenplay from Jack Finney's 1954 novel The Body Snatchers. Wikipedia

Initial release: Feb. 5, 1956
Awards: In 1994 Invasion of the Body Snatchers was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

IMDB Rating: 7.8

Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates

Director: Don Siegel

Writers: Daniel Mainwaring, Jack Finney

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Description: A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Plot Summery: [Spoiler Alert!]

Dr Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering from a paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors.

He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged dopplegängers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon.

This film can be perceived as a paranoid 1950s warning against those Damn Commies or, conversely, as a metaphor for the tyranny of McCarthyism (or whatever totalitarian system of your Choice) and has a pro - and epilogue that was forced upon Siegel by the studio to lighten the tone.

Written by Mark Thompson