It can be safely said that Jack Arnold‘s It Came from Outer Space (1953) is not big on aesthetics due to, early on, some technical inadequacy such as an unstable camera. It starts looking better, though, as time goes on; and it’s in color, which is nice. But it is hardly a visual gem.

Aliens in the flick seem to do a horrible job of flying their spacecraft since John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and others believe the craft to be a meteor rapidly hitting the earth. Meaning no harm to the earthlings, the aliens nevertheless say they are willing to destroy people if they are kept from repairing their ship. Nearby citizens are ignorant of, and rattled by, the aliens’ tools of choice. They grow aggressive.

Based on a Ray Bradbury story, Outer Space is fairly enjoyable. I watched it because Barbara Rush, who is in it, very recently died at age 97. Like Carlson, she is an uninteresting actor here, but the finest thing about the film is Miss Rush’s innocent-looking beauty, brunette magnetism. A B- movie was a little less B with her in it.