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

Needles in a heavenly haystack.

There are more stars in the heavens

than human beings on earth.

Through telescopes,

men of science constantly search

the infinitesimal corners

of our solar system

seeking new discoveries,

hoping to better understand

the laws of the universe.

observatories dedicated

to the study of astronomy

often are set in high and remote places.

But there is none more remote

than Mount Kenna observatory

in this part of south Africa.

If our calculations prove to be correct

this will be the most frightening discovery

of all time.

These two bodies have travelled almost

a million miles in two weeks.

- Is that Randall?

- I hope so.

Stanley, I want Randall

to leave as quickly as possible.

The plates are ready, catalogued

and marked for identification.

- Here are tonight's plates.

- Good! Include them.

I told Professor Hendron

I'd send as much detail as we have.

Paul, Stanley, it won't be necessary

to tell Randall what he's carrying.

ZS, MAP, Dave Randall

from Johannesburg.

Cabin monoplane,

request permission to land over.

Hello, Randall. This is Russ Curtis,

Mount Kenna Field.

Visibility fine. Take runway three.

Approach from southwest at 500.

There's a car waiting to take you

to the observatory. over...over.

Thank you, Mount Kenna Field!

- Hello, Randall.

- How are you, Stan?

You must have been held up.

We knewyou arrived two hours ago.

I had a friend's aunt

for a passenger to get home.

- I'm Emery Bronson.

- Hello, doctor.

- You've been well recommended.

- It shouldn't have taken much.

I understand all you want

is a package delivered.

Did you bring your passport

to the United States?

Yes. But who gets delivery ofwhat?

Your recommendation said I could depend

on a lack of curiosity.

I don't care what you're doing.

Just tell me where do I go

- and when I get paid.

- I didn't mean to be rude.

It's just that secrecy

is very important now.

Fly to Lisbon, then take

the transatlantic clipper to New York.

The delivery will be made to Dr Hendron

at the Cosmos observatory.

Here are several poses of Dr Hendron.

The delivery must be made

to him personally.

- To Dr Hendron only.

- Right.

You'll require this for expenses.

I'm supposed to get $1,500 plus expenses.

Hendron will pay on delivery.

Time is all that counts.

The money doesn't matter at all.

With me, doctor, money always matters.

Perhaps now.

But the day may arrive

when money won't mean anything.

Not to you, nor anyone.

When that happens to me,

I'll be six feet under.

Good luck, Randall.

There was another radiogram

for you at the last stop.

Thank you.

- I hope you're enjoying your trip.

- It's very nice, thanks.

Honestly, the inspection takes longer

than the trip across.

I brought Clara a fewthings.

She's so appreciative.

I'd rather junk the stuff right here.

I think that's the man,

carrying the black boX.

I'll see.

- David Randall?

- That's right.

May I see your passport, please?

Thank you.


I'll handle this, Jim.

Give him his luggage.

That brown one over there.

Right this way, please.

- Here's your man.

- How do you do?

I'm Joyce Hendron,

Professor Hendron's daughter.

We're to go straight to the observatory.

This is better than a motorcycle escort.

You'll need a pass to get out

of the building. The pass.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

Right this way, Mr Randall.

Mr Randall. Mr Randall!

Mr Randall, I'm Donovan

from..The Sentinel...

- Some other time.

- We've raised our offer. $7,500.

Here's a cheque to your order.

No thanks.

I'm working on a better offer.

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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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