When Worlds Collide

Synopsis: South African bush pilot and carefree ladies man Dave Randall finds he has been let in on the greatest and most terrible secret in the world when an eminent astronomer pays him to deliver some mysterious photos from to an equally prominent colleague in the U.S. The recipient, Dr. Hendron, confirms the awful findings of the sender: the star Bellus will collide with Earth, destroying our planet. Despite widespread disbelief, Marston and Spiro, a pair of millionaire philanthropists, give Dr. Hendron all their assets to begin construction on a huge rocket ship that will, at least theoretically, transport a nucleus of survivors to Zyra, a planet which orbiting Bellus that may or may not be habitable. The funds aren't enough to complete the spaceship, and Dr. Hendron solicits a contribution from elderly wheelchair-bound tycoon Sydney Stanton, a wheelchair-bound old man who, unlike the selfless Marston and Spiro, demands a place on the rocket, even though space and weight will be too precious
Director(s): Rudolph Maté
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

I can't imagine how..The Sentinel..

even had a hint about your errand.

But it's difficult to keep

secrets from the newspapers.

I'm glad you turned them down.

You knowwhat it would mean if the public

had this information prematurely?

of course.

We've been praying Dr Bronson is wrong -

that these pictures will show

some error in his calculations.

Don't you find yourself wishing...

Wouldn't you rather not know?

No, it's better to know.

I wish I had your courage.

But I'm frightened.

As frightened as all those people

would be if they knew.

I haven't the courage

to face the end of the world.


- I'm glad you waited for me.

- So am I.

Tony, this is Mr Randall.

- How are you?

- How do you do?

Alice, didn't my father know

Dr Drake was here?

I told Alice not to bother him.

He's in a meeting

of the observatory trustees.

They'll want to see you right away.

- You smoke?

- Thanks, I'll try one.

Have a south African one.

You part of this deal, doctor?

This stargazing?

No, I confine my gazing

to the eye, ear, nose and throat.

I'm an MD.

I gather you're not an astronomer either.

I'm just a high-priced messenger boy

who's beginning to doubt

the sanity of astronomers.

They should stick

to wrong weather predictions.

Astronomy is a very exact science.

But when they say Doomsday is around

the corner, we part company.

Who's been telling you that?

Mr Randall, come right this way.

Hello, Tony, come along if you want to.

- Please...

- one second.

I have people waiting.

- I'm supposed to make sure.

- Yes, of course.

They check.

Who told you that, about Doomsday?

Why doc, I thought

you were practically family.

Put it on the desk, Randall, please.

Thank you, dear.

Dr Bronson said I would get $1,500...

- I'll take care of it.

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Sydney Boehm

Sydney Boehm (April 4, 1908 – June 25, 1990) was an American screenwriter and producer. Boehm began his writing career as a newswriter for wire services and newspapers before moving on to screenwriting. His films include High Wall (1947), Anthony Mann-directed Side Street (1950), the sci-fi film When Worlds Collide (1951), and the crime drama The Big Heat (1953), for which Boehm won a 1954 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. Boehm was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 4, 1908 and died in Woodland Hills, California on June 25, 1990 at age 82. more…

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