Cinema: A Cockeyed World

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Universal-International). One day, maybe the day after yesterday, seismographs around the world begin to jitter with the most violent tremors ever measured. Days later, the globe still quivers with secondary shocks. Torrential rains fall in improbable places. A sun eclipse occurs ten days early. In Rome the temperature rises to 139°, while in New York a blizzard piles twelve inches of snow on the city's streets. Steam billows up from the sea and rolls over Western Europe at a depth of 50 feet till a flurry of cyclones blows it away.

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