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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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SEE! The first contact between Earth and Mars! See more »

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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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The Russian patrol that arrives to search the peasants' house arrives in a World War II-era American "deuce and a half" (two and half ton truck). See more »

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Admiral Bill Carey: I wonder what kind of world we're opening the door on!
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At the end of the movie, "The Beginning" appears on the screen. See more »

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Referenced in Red Planet (2000) See more »

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God, apparently, is a Martian.
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This could have been an interesting science fiction film : no special effects, no space ships, no flesh and blood monsters. It could have been a tale about contact with beings from another world. Instead, it was made as a Cold War pot boiler, complete with highly principled Americans with religious fervor and evil empire Russians who are not about to tolerate religious worship.

Was it just an accident that the character of the President of the U.S. bears a striking resemblance to Dwight Eisenhower? And the film was made in 1952...the year before Ike became president.

The story had real possibilities, including another scientist (than the Peter Graves character) who was involved in the contact with beings on Mars, which could have made for a thinking person's film about human-non-human communication. While there were very real fears and international conflict in 1952, the producers gave in to the Red Scare and made a period piece out of what could have been a thoughtful movie.


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