Episode – 89 – The Day The Earth Caught Fire

Space Brains - 89 - The Day The Earth Caught Fire

The Day The Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire is a British science fiction disaster film starring Edward Judd, Leo McKern and Janet Munro. It was directed by Val Guest and released in 1961.

 

The production featured the real Daily Express, even using the paper’s own headquarters, the Daily Express Building in Fleet Street, London, and featuring Arthur Christiansen as the Express editor, a job he had held in real life.

 

The Space Brains talk about sexism and the male gaze in the ‘60s, modern versus old camera work and editing and how nasty a burning Earth would be. Science-wise, we find out how many nuclear bombs it would take to shift the Earth.

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