(6/20/1959; 1957; NR; 86m)

a.k.a. INVASION OF THE GARGON (working)
a.k.a. THE GARGON TERROR (England)


Ad: "Teenage Hoodlums from Another World on a Horrendous
Ray-Gun Rampage!"

Ad: "Thrill-Crazed Space Kids Blasting the Flesh Off Humans!"

Ad: "Before...A Beautiful Girl. One Moment Later...A Skeleton!"

Video Ad: "An alien teenage love affair in the midst of a world domination attempt, that has it all."

Plot: Looking older than their years, alien teens bring a big lobster to Earth, where rebellious but sensitive alien Derek is hunted by his co-horts.

Prod/Dir/Scr/Cin/Ed/SFX: Tom Graeff* (also actor)
Assoc Prod: Bryan and Ursula Pearson* (also actor)
Assoc Prod: Gene Sterling* (also actor)
Assoc Prod: C.R. Kaltenthaler

Derek / David Love*
Betty Morgan / Dawn Anderson
Grandpa Morgan / Harvey B. Dunn*
Thor / Bryan Grant a.k.a. Bryan Pearson*
(TV's Perry Mason/The Case of the Unwelcome Bride)
Joe Rogers / Tom Lockyear a.k.a. Thomas Lockyear Graeff*
Torture! alien captain / Robert "King" Moody
(The Nun and the Sergeant; Any Wednesday)
Dr. C.R. Brandt / Frederic Welch
Miss Morse / Helen Sage
Alice Woodward / Sonia Torgeson (307-Daddy-O)
bearded alien leader & Derek's father / Gene Sterling*
(Half Way to Hell)
secretary Hilda / Ursula Hansen a.k.a. Ursula Pearson* (prod)
with Carl Dickensen
Billy Bridges
James Conklin
Ralph Lowe
Bill DeLand (TV's The Dreamer of Oz)
Bob Williams (Hell Squad)
Don DeClue
Don Chambers (Hell Squad)
Jim MacGeorge (The World of Hans Christian Anderson)
Kent Rogers (All American Co-Ed)
Sol Resnick
Robert Regas (Half Way to Hell)
and Horst Ehrhardt (The Nude Bomb)

Classic line: "When we return to our planet, the high court may well sentence you to TORTURE!"

Trivia: The rayguns were bought at the local dimestore. Upon close examination, the words "Buck Rogers" can been seen on them. The aliens' jumpsuits were modified gas station attendant uniforms.

Some exterior mansion pool shots were done at the home of producer GENE STERLING and his mother. (He played the alien king in the movie). The home was the estate originally owned by the legendary silent screen idol, Rudolph Valentino.

Bronson Canyon was used for the some of the other exterior shots for TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE. It also served for location shots in the filming of 107-ROBOT MONSTER; 210-KING DINOSAUR; 311-IT CONQUERED THE WORLD; 315-TEENAGE CAVEMAN; 317-VIKING WOMEN; 319-WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST; and 701-NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.

According to URSULA PEARSON, TOM GRAEFF charmed her and her husband out of the $5,000 production cost for the film. Supposedly, Warner Brothers later paid Graeff $25,000 for the distribution rights, but the Pearsons saw none of their original investment. The flying saucer was abandoned on property near the estate of Gloria Swanson, who used it for publicity. No one knows what happened to DAVID LOVE (Graeff's off-screen lover) after the film. (He's frequently and erroneously credited as being this movie's director in many film reference materials). Ursula Pearson said that he talked just like Derek in real life...slow and not-so-bright.

Born around 1930, director THOMAS LOCKYEAR GRAEFF graduated from UCLA with a film degree in 1952. Graeff never made another movie after this one. In 1962, he bought a huge ad in the L.A. Times, proclaiming himself the second Christ. In 1968, he bought another ad, this time in Variety, announcing the upcoming production of a film called Orf, to be directed by Carl Reiner, who after seeing the ad, immediately threatened a lawsuit against Graeff for printing such untrue information. Graeff died sometime after that, the year and circumstances unknown.

The PEARSONS eventually divorced. Ursula runs a travel company in L.A. When Bryan first arrived in the USA after having a promising career in fledgling British TV, he unfortunately chose this movie to be his first job in America. He retired from acting soon after, and currently is successful in real estate in Hawaii.

When he wasn't in movies, HARVEY B. DUNN (1894-1968), the nap-happy Grandpa here, made his living by entertaining at rich children's parties with his trick parakeet, which was featured in 423-BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, where he played loopy, bird-fancying Police Captain Robbins. He can also be seen as thick-fingered, angry taxpayer Mr. Romaine in 613-THE SINISTER URGE. However, Harvey couldn't always ask someone to pull his finger...he was missing an index finger, no doubt due to a fierce parakeet. His filmography also includes (EW=Ed Wood film): 1951-Vengeance Valley; 1953-Crossroad Avenger (EW); 1954-Dragon's Gold; 1954-Sabrina (?!); 1956-I Killed Wild Bill Hickok; Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm; 1958-Night of the Ghouls (EW); 1959-Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker; and 1964-My Fair Lady (?!).

Last Updated: 6/23/1999

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