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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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Chris Cronyn
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Linda Cronyn
Herbert Berghof ...
Franz Calder
Walter Sande ...
Admiral Bill Carey
Marvin Miller ...
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Morris Ankrum ...
Secretary of Defense Sparks
Orley Lindgren ...
Stewart Cronyn
Bayard Veiller ...
Roger Cronyn
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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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Out-Of-This-World EXCITEMENT and SUSPENSE! See more »

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15 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Marte  »

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Trivia

At the end of the film, the President, speaking of the sacrifice by Chris and Linda Cronyn, says "the whole earth is their sepulcher". That phrase appears in the Garden of the Missing at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer above Omaha Beach in Normandy. In the cemetery the full phrase is "Here are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country and who sleep in unknown graves. This is their memorial. The whole earth is their sepulcher, comrades in arms whose resting place is known only to God." See more »

Goofs

Cronyn broadcasts the first few digits of Pi to the (presumed) Martians, on the theory that any advanced civilization would be familiar with it and respond in kind. However, Cronyn has no basis to assume that Martians would use a base 10/decimal numeral system as we do on Earth, which would be required in order for them to recognize Pi as Cronyn was broadcasting it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Boulting - Mitchell's Assistant: Doyou seriously believe that you've established contact with Mars?
Chris Cronyn: [Somewhat annoyed] Well, you take pictures of it. Why shouldn't I talk to it?
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At the end of the movie, "The Beginning" appears on the screen. See more »

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Jaw-dropping think-piece...
1 January 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Peter Graves plays a scientist in San Diego, California who receives messages from Mars on his radio transmitter (sneakily intercepted by the Russians); initially, the decoded Martian messages about prolonged life and their unnecessary need for industrial mechanics throw America's population into a tailspin. However, it turns out Mars is a Christian planet, and their next communication with us, a regular "sermon on the mount", begins to ease tensions and starts a religious revival worldwide. Talky think-piece, adapted from a play, amusingly full of clean-cut, incredibly polite Americans and savage-acting Russkies. Not likely to please science-fiction fans who are used to propulsive action, though the b&w cinematography by Joseph Biroc is excellent and there are some interesting ideas and a last-act plot-twist. Released at a time when communist hysteria was running rampant in the U.S., the movie is brave enough to attempt a humanitarian tact--and naive enough to believe in what it preaches. A livelier cast might have made it more memorable, but check out Peter's big-screen TV! ** from ****


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