It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 science fiction film about a man who discovers an alien spaceship after it crashes to Earth. John Putnam (Richard Carlson) is a writer and astronomy enthusiast. One evening he and a young schoolteacher (Barbara Rush) see a meteor streak across the sky and crash nearby. When Putnam visits the site, he sees a strange object that leads him to believe that he is actually looking at the remnants of an alien spacecraft and not a meteor. The wreckage is quickly covered by a landslide, and Putnam's belief that he has found a spacecraft is ridiculed by the local population. When people begin to disappear from the town and re-emerge days later acting strangely, Putnam is more convinced than ever that he was right about the spacecraft. He decides to search a nearby cave for the aliens and finds something that is even more shocking than expected.