Before Invasion of the Body Snatchers was published in book form in 1955, writer Jack Finney serialized The Body Snatchers in Colliers magazine. That’s where producer Walter Wanger first saw it and brought it to the attention of Allied Artists film studio executives.
At that time Finney had his first novel Five against the House made into a movie so the studio heads were probably hopeful that his next novel would be movie-worthy and lucky for us they were right. Wanger gave director Don Siegel a copy of the story and Siegel suggested that his buddy Daniel Mainwaring do the screenplay. (Siegel went on to gain fame as the director of Escape from Alcatraz, Coogan’s Bluff, and Dirty Harry, and was great friends with Clint Eastwood.)
The principle actors in Invasion of the Body Snatchers were Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Bennell, Dana Wynter as Becky Driscol, his old high school sweetheart, and Carolyn Jones as “Teddy”(Morticia in the Addams’ Family TV show). McCarthy has since acted in many movies and TV shows and also had a cameo in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. For Wynter this was her American debut and also her first feature movie. You’ll also see other actors in small parts that were in numerous TV shows and commercials in the ‘60s and ‘70s (see if you can pick them out when you watch this classic.)