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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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Arjenian
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Bayard Veiller ...
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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Franz Calder: He who follows the tyrant's banner shall wear the tyrant's chains. He who carries God's banner shall know everlasting life!
Arjenian: You expect me to to tell them that?
Franz Calder: What you tell them is no concern of mine.
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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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Unusual Sci-fi film
26 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, I want to say that this movie was not what I expected from just the title. I was caught up in the story very quickly. Peter Graves is well-cast as the scientist Chris Croyn (sp?) The viewer has to take a lot on faith here. It isn't clear how the "messages" are decoded but that really doesn't matter once we see what the messages say. I found this film to be about clear communication and the panic that can happen when people misinterpret what they hear or read. This is a good one to see because it takes us back to a different time in our history. The Iron Curtain is still there and there is a lot of mistrust. Side note: young Stuart Croyn is a wonderful character! I'm so glad he was given a big part to play!


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