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The Day the Earth Stood Still (18-Sep-1951)

Director: Robert Wise

Writer: Edmund H. North

From story: Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates

Music: Bernard Herrmann

Producer: Julian Blaustein

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion, Robots, Stopping Time, Cold War, Washington DC

A flying saucer lands in Washington DC to warn Earth that humans are too aggressive and must cease development of atomic weapons lest they harm other races. Failure to comply may bring the planet's destruction. Their primary messenger Klaatu is shot almost immediately, but manages to escape from hospital confinement; he goes into hiding at a boarding house. Produced at the height of Cold War paranoia. Entered 1995 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Frances Bavier
14-Dec-1902 6-Dec-1989 Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show
Billy Gray
13-Jan-1938   Father Knows Best
Sam Jaffe
10-Mar-1891 24-Mar-1984 Gunga Din
Hugh Marlowe
30-Jan-1911 2-May-1982 Jim Matthews on Another World
Patricia Neal
20-Jan-1926 8-Aug-2010 The Day the Earth Stood Still
Michael Rennie
25-Aug-1909 10-Jun-1971 The Day the Earth Stood Still


Michael Rennie   ...   Klaatu (alien)
Patricia Neal   ...   Helen Benson (widow)
Hugh Marlowe   ...   Tom Stevens
Sam Jaffe   ...   Dr. Jacob Barnhardt
Billy Gray   ...   Bobby Benson
Frances Bavier   ...   Mrs. Barley
Lock Martin   ...   Gort (alien's bodyguard)


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