The Space Children

Synopsis: A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring.
Genre: Sci-Fi
Director(s): Jack Arnold
Production: Paramount Pictures
69 min


Is it much further?

A few miles.

Do you have

enough gas?

Heh, I got plenty.

All this ocean and sand,

I feel as

if I were in another world.

Oh, you won't mind it.

Wait and see.

Look, men,

we gotta stick together.

Tell you mother it's going to be

swell living at the ocean.

Sure, Mom.

Dad's gonna buy me some flippers

And I'll let you wear them.

Hey, Mom, listen.

Listen to what?

Dad, don't you hear it?

Hear what, son?

What in the world?

I warned you.

Honey, I got more than

half a tank left!

The electrical system

isn't working.

Dad, listen.

Not now.

I gotta figure this out.

There's something

wrong here.

Mom, look up there.

Yes, dear.

That's funny.

I don't understand.

It's working now.

But Dad, up there!

It's just a jet, Bud.

It's not.

It wasn't a jet!

It wasn't anything like a jet!


will you stop chattering?

Dave Brewster,

Oakland Electronic Company,

San Francisco. I'm assigned to

Colonel Manley.

Brewster, Dave,

family of three.

Is this the last

of the bunch?

Yes, that's all.

Here, let them through.

Okay, go ahead.

Oh, where is Unit 3?

- We're gonna live there.

- Yes, ma'am.

Keep going

right over the rise.

You'll find Unit 3

on your left.


Thank you.

Well, this is it, honey.

Try to make

the best of it.


Come on, kids,

let's get out.

Well, I put away

most of the clothes.

There's good closet space


It's not so bad.

Sure, if you like

living on the beach.

It's only temporary,


Doesn't matter.

The sand's going to drift in

And ruin everything anyhow.

Look, honey,

I've driven over

500 miles today.

Tomorrow I start a new job,

an important job.

I'm a little tired


Of course. I'm sorry.

I guess I'm just homesick

for San Francisco.

Well, where is it?

The launching platform.

Is it on the beach?

Probably somewhere

on the beach.

When's the first test?

I don't know.

Soon. Maybe this week.

Will it work?

It's got to.

It's gotta do a job

better than theirs

So if they start anything...

Dave, what you said

about its accuracy?

We just got in, honey.

I don't know any answers.

But you, your company.

You worked on it for months.

I worked on one part

out of 35,000 parts.

It's much more


Than just

an intercontinental missile.

Is ours the only one?

We don't think so.

It's almost funny,

isn't it?

I mean, the children living

in the middle of all this.

Would you have wanted me

to say no

When the company insisted

I come here?

Of course not.

I'm just tired.

Let's go out

and find Bud and Ken.

Okay. I could use some air.

Just wait until this project's

a few weeks old.

You won't recognize

the place.

A little grass,

it'll be like a vacation spot.

It's just the bleakness

of it at first.

It's your fault

for marrying a city girl.

I wish the children

hadn't wandered off.

You think it's dangerous

down there on the rocks?

No. Besides, you know

how the boys love the beach.

The ocean, rocks,

everything makes me feel

So unimportant myself.

Well, you'll like it here.

Wait till you meet the others.

I guess we'd better get back

and straighten things out.

Mr. Brewster?


I'm Mr. James, Security Officer

for the Command.

I just heard from the gate

you'd arrived.

This is my wife.

How do you do?

I hope you'll be comfortable

here, Mrs. Brewster.

Thank you.

I'm glad I caught you.

I hope it won't be


But you're

the last member to arrive

And the Colonel's giving

a briefing

And I think

he'd like you to attend.

If you don't mind,

Mrs. Brewster.

No, of course not. You'll come

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Bernard C. Schoenfeld

Bernard C. Schoenfeld (August 17, 1907, Brooklyn – April 25, 1980) was a film screenwriter. He wrote for over twenty films and television series including Phantom Lady (1944), The Dark Corner (screenplay based on the Cornell Woolrich novel, 1946), Caged (1950), Macao (1952), and The Twilight Zone episode "From Agnes - with Love". He is the father of Maurice "Reese" Schoenfeld, the co-founder of CNN. more…

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