In the Original German
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
(Hawks:Cole) When the movie "The Thing" was made from John W Campbell's "Who Goes There?", Les 'n Es Cole panned the Hollywoodizing of it corrosively. Invited to visit the lot they were given a treatment intended to impress them with the care taken to produce an "accurate" picture, the climax being the introduction to one of the stars who claimed to have read "Who Goes There?" in the original German, just to see whether any of the delicate nuances had been missed in translation. Unhappily the Coles knew that Campbell had written in English. What the poor man could have been thinking of is unknown to your GC Merriam, the story not having been translated into German till 1952, two years after the film.