Gladiators, Tasmanian Devil, and Them!

This Week (June 17-23rd) in 1954…

The summer movie season is starting to get well under way. This week movie goers were treated to two films (Them! and Demetrius and the Gladiators) and a short out of Warner Brothers Studios (Devil May Hare).

Them! is a science fiction film directed by Gordon Douglas. The film covers the interaction of an ensemble cast with radiation affected giant ants, starting in the New Mexico desert. The police begin dealing with a series of disappearances and other strange happenings before the ants are discovered.

The adventure film Demetrius and the Gladiators also debuted, directed by Delmer Daves. This is a sequel to the 1953 film The Robe. This film picks up after The Robe and covers Demetrius in his quest to protect the robe of Christ, whatever the personal cost to himself.

Devil May Hare is an entertaining Looney Tunes short about Bugs Bunny and features a new character: The wild Tasmanian Devil.