Boy, ya gotta love a movie that promises big things like this --
-- and doesn't disappoint it's audience one little bit.
This must have been a real crowd-pleaser in 1951, and it kept right on doing that through several re-releases over the years, including one in the 1980 when it was co-billed with War of the Worlds at the last of the drive-in theaters around the country.
Of all the 1950s movies that featured great "practical FX" (models and miniature landscapes), this one is a showcase for state-of-the art work in that area.
The finished product is still a joy to behold, despite all the advances in special effects over the last 64 years.
The characters are very appealing, and the story is moves right along. And the cast is a real plus.
I wish they'd made the sequel -- After Worlds Collide -- that was planned but never went into production.