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Red Planet Mars (1952)

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

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

15 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Marte  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

At about 33:20. the President quotes a familiar poem, "Solution there is none, save in the Golden Rule of Christ alone." He then says, "My father was very fond of Emerson." But the line he quotes is from an anti-slavery poem of John Greenleaf Whittier. See more »

Quotes

Linda Cronyn: It's the Sermon on the Mount... from Mars.
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At the end of the movie, "The Beginning" appears on the screen. See more »

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An engaging story with a provocative "think-about-it" ending.
12 April 1999 | by (South Florida US) – See all my reviews

I saw this as a teenager when Hurricane Donna was to strike Miami and the television stations put on round-the-clock programming. It's different from usual sci-fi, where "science" provides an incidental framework that increases the power of its spiritual undertone. The story is simple, but builds to a conclusion that implies that it is not "the end". The cast is great, and the film is easy to "get into". You are left with the feeling that what you have seen is more powerful than its easy progress led you to believe while you were viewing it. Personally, I put it among the best movies I've ever seen; certainly I never forgot it.


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