Cinema: The New Pictures, may 14, 1951

The Thing (RKO Radio) is a ferocious vegetable, eight feet tall, delivered on a flying saucer from another world. It bleeds green, howls like an aggravated banshee, multiplies by dropping seeds into the earth. It thinks like Einstein, looks like Frankenstein's monster and, like Dracula, thrives only on a diet of human blood.

The humans staked out by The Thing for its victory garden are a bit more convincing, but not by much. They are scientists and a U.S. Air Force crew, quartered for a research project at the North Pole with all the comforts of home, including a comely, sweater-bulging...