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The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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Original title
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Running time
98 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Val Guest, Wolf Mankowitz
Stanley Black
Harry Waxman (B&W)
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Pax Films
Sci-Fi | Nuclear Holocaust. B Movie. Natural Disasters
Synopsis / Plot
Journalists of the London Daily Express investigate reports of strange phenomena occurring all over the world, such as flooding in the Sahara, unseasonable blizzards in New York, and violent tornadoes in the Soviet Union. All over England, temperatures are on the rise, girls in bikinis are everywhere, and wonderful special-effects mists are blanketing the Thames River. Top scientists at the Meteorological Center refuse to give any official explanation, which makes the newspaper editor suspicious. He orders science reporter Bill Maguire and alcoholic columnist Peter Stenning to dig for information. When Peter begins a romance with Met Center secretary Jeannie Craig, he learns from her certain clues that there has indeed been a cover-up...
1961: BAFTA Awards: Best British Screenplay
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