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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 ...
Arjenian
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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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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Approved
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15 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Red Planet Mars  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Among the movie cast members are Willis Bouchey and Morris Ankrum who would go on to be longtime judges on the Perry Mason show. See more »

Goofs

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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Russian Commissar: That will silence their hymns. What do these superstitious peasants think? They cannot compete against our guns!
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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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