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Introduction

If the 1940s was a bit short, then the 1950s will certainly make up for it!! In the 1950s inspiration came from the beginnings of space travel and atomic bombs. So we had huge monsters and space rockets. We also had futuristic costumes...and lots and lots of lovely ladies. Most of them were of the screaming genre, often abducted by weird monsters, but we do encounter some deeper characters from time to time. Either way - there were plenty of gorgeous ladies in this decade. Sadly, mainly due to the lack of imagery and poor quality of film in some cases, this section only currently deals with a fraction of them. In my blog, I described a hierarchy of sci-fi babes according to their sci-fi attributes. The 1950s deserves a special set of categories, due largely to the sheer number of sci-fi films and TV series, but also to the fact that this decade saw a massive evolution in the female protagonist.

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 Here, I'm introducing another level of character which I think is part and parcel of the way in which women were seen in the past - some may well argue that this is still true today, but that's for another site to argue about. I'm talking about the screamer! Yes, the hopeless female character who screams at the slightest sight of an alien monster, usually paired up with Mr Macho, the beefy but brainy scientist who always seems to save the day. Not a favourable stereotype but it did exist. Here's a few examples...

The assistants.

Whilst there were most certainly ...

Joan Weldon Patricia Medford Them

Dr Patricia Medford played by Joan Weldon in Them!

Giving a female actor a scientific qualification, together with intelligent actions and dialogue makes for a more believable character, and this was certainly the case with Dr Medford, a specialist in insects, who's knowledge was invaluable when huge irradiated ant were discovered in the New Mexico desert. Far from being frightened by the creatures, she volunteered to go down into the belly of the colony, deep underground, in order to study the insects.

Joan Weldon Patricia Medford Them

Dr Patricia Medford played by Joan Weldon in Them!

Giving a female actor a scientific qualification, together with intelligent actions and dialogue makes for a more believable character, and this was certainly the case with Dr Medford, a specialist in insects, who's knowledge was invaluable when huge irradiated ant were discovered in the New Mexico desert.

 

 

The assistants.

Whilst there were most certainly ...

Joan Weldon Patricia Medford Them

Dr Patricia Medford played by Joan Weldon in Them!

Giving a female actor a scientific qualification, together with intelligent actions and dialogue makes for a more believable character, and this was certainly the case with Dr Medford, a specialist in insects, who's knowledge was invaluable when huge irradiated ant were discovered in the New Mexico desert. Far from being frightened by the creatures, she volunteered to go down into the belly of the colony, deep underground, in order to study the insects.

Joan Weldon Patricia Medford Them

Dr Patricia Medford played by Joan Weldon in Them!

Giving a female actor a scientific qualification, together with intelligent actions and dialogue makes for a more believable character, and this was certainly the case with Dr Medford, a specialist in insects, who's knowledge was invaluable when huge irradiated ant were discovered in the New Mexico desert.

 

 

The assistants.

Whilst there were most certainly ...

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The 1950s

Monsters, robots, flying saucers, invasions from outer and inner space and much more! The 1950s was a truly golden age for cinema-goers and fans of science fiction as the atomic age and space race loomed. And whilst the true sci-fi babe was still under development, the female characters were starting to offer credibility. This era brings us the groundbreaking Forbidden Planet, one of my favourites, and The War of the Worlds. The films were often low-budget, cross-genre and aimed at teenagers to draw audiences from the comic-book world - just perfect for this web site!



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