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Red Planet Mars (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1952 (USA)
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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El milagro de Marte  »

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The statue of Christ is "Christ the Redeemer of the Andes," high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile. It was dedicated on March 13, 1904, to celebrate the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between the two countries. See more »

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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 »

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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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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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