Jim Arness seems surprised to hear that fans, writers
-- even fellow cast members -- have the impression that
he's somehow embarrassed by his role in one of the best
horror films ever made. "I never played it down at all,"
says Arness. The Thing was a big hit and a very good
film credit for me at the time." Now that that's settled
The Thing From Another World is a textbook thriller.
The blueprint that all the others have followed, consciously
or not. A tighter, more rapid-fire suspense film in any
genre is hard to imagine. In the title role, producer Howard
Hawks cast Jim Arness, a strapping young actor with the
physical presence necessary to portray a brutish, bloodthirsty
"intellectual carrot" from outer space.