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Red Planet Mars (1952)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  15 May 1952 (USA)
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An American scientist is able to contact and communicate with Mars with shattering political, economic, and spiritual repercussions.

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An American scientist contacts Mars by radio and receives information that Mars is a utopia and that Earth's people can be saved if they return to the worship of God. Revolution sweeps the Earth, including the Soviet Union. But there remains doubt about the messages being genuine, as an ex-Nazi claims he was duping the Americans. Written by Bill Smith <bsmith30@ix.netcom.com>

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15 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Marte  »

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This movie foresaw the flat panel TV at least 40 years before they were commercially available. The scientist husband and wife main characters had what looked like a 40-inch equivalent over their fireplace and were seen watching the news on it in several scenes. It was probably simulated by projecting the picture onto the rear of a glass screen. See more »

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When the President addresses a joint session of Congress, there are microphones from the four American radio networks of that time - ABC, CBS, NBC and Mutual. On the side of the Mutual microphone are the call letters KHJ, which was the Mutual station in Los Angeles. WOL was the Mutual affiliate in Washington, D.C. See more »

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Arjenian: [Threateningly to Calder] We don't make investments with no return!
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Interesting, but pretty annoying
11 June 2012 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

An interesting sci-fi flick that attempts to be intellectual instead of thrilling, but in reality it's too stupid. Peter Graves stars as a scientist who contacts Mars. After a series of communications, it turns out that God Himself is from the Red Planet and is disappointed with the Earthlings and their Cold War. As silly as that sounds, I don't think that premise itself is what ruins the film. It's just that the film isn't at all interested in the implications of that revelation, but far more interested in demonizing the Soviets, who gleefully machine-gun down people gathered in prayer, and patting the Americans on the back for being so God fearing (Andrea King, who plays Graves' wife, is so obnoxiously self-righteous you just want to murder her). There's an interesting twist late in the picture, but they immediately undercut it. This is a virtual remake of a much better film from a couple of years previous, William A. Wellman's The Next Voice You Hear. That one was a far more intellectually curious story about God speaking up about the Cold War (and the following year's much more famous The Day the Earth Stood Still strikes me as a virtual remake of that film).


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