Though there has been at least three remakes of this film, there is still nothing that can stand up to the old black-and-white version. Coming home from a medical convention, Dr. Miles Bennell slowly discovers that his town has been taken over by aliens that can completely duplicate humans. Running to avoid his own assimilation into this emotionless society, he finds himself in a mental hospital telling his story to the resident psychiatrist. Will he be believed or labeled a lunatic? This film was released in 1956 and based on a novel by Jack Finney. At the time of its release, our country was just coming out of what has come to be known as the "McCarthy era," when many innocent Americans were accused and prosecuted on charges of espionage without any tangible proof to back the accusations. In the ensuing paranoia, a story about strange, emotionless beings, outwardly indistinguishable from humans, trying to quietly take over civilization made quite an impact. The film earned more than $1 million in its first month of release, and ended up amassing more than twice that. It also became a cultural icon, in that the term "pod people" came to be used as the venacular slang to describe any people who have conformed to a dictated way of life, whether it be cultural, religious, or political. Shot in the film noir style that black-and-white cinema is famous for, and in spite of the fact that it takes place at a time long before computers or cell phones, this film still retains its mystery and creepiness. The struggle of people to maintain their humanity is still a poignant one, and speaks to the heart of us all.