This is almost as interesting as it wants to be.

Ivan Tors would later gain fame for Flipper and African stuff, but apparently he thought his rep was sufficient here to put it in the credits. Don't know how many people thought "gosh, an Ivan Tors movie? This oughta be swell! Can't wait for the monster! It's magnetic and everything!"

Too bad there's no monster.

Well, that's not entirely accurate. The monster is a small particle of some new kind of nuclear material - you know, the stuff they investigate at places like this:

 

 

The researchers work with a computer more advanced than ENIAC or UNIVAC:

 


 

 

Marketing took another swing at that one before they rolled it out for general release. They rebranded it as "PCjr."

The scientists also walk around brand-spankin' new subdivisions in residential neighborhoods plugged with spindly infant trees, looking for THE MONSTER!

 

 

Which looks like this.

 

 

It's a new isotope that magnetizes everything - and it's growing!

 

 

If not stopped, it will throw the earth out of orbit and kill everyone, so this calls for lots of looking into microscope and stock footage. They have to go to an underground lab to bombard it with electricity and destroy it, and here's where something started to nag me:

 

 

A microscopic particle that's increasing in size . . . earnest scientists trying to find a way to foil it . . . strange magnified graphics of the creature reproducing . . . in a way, it's a 50s version of the Andromeda Strain, and it has a certain serious charm. It also has sets that incorporate reused footage from a 1934 German sci-fi movie called "Gold." Such as:

 

 

Once the crisis is solved, the hero flies home to meet his wife at the Airport of the Future, which has large chrome fins . . .

 

 

. . . and then he drives her to the dream house he's just bought. It seems rather modest by modern Dream Home standards, but this was the early 50s.

 

 

The A stands for Atom! And a big A-Men to the atomic scientists who keep America strong.

You could say that without winking or making scare quotes, you know.