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Immediate Disaster (1954)
"Stranger from Venus" (original title)

 |  Sci-Fi  |  23 August 1954 (USA)
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Tonight, first contact will be made! A beautifully-crafted tale of a superior being from Venus who has the power of life and death at his touch. Academy Award-winning actress Patricia ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Susan North
Helmut Dantine ...
The Stranger
Derek Bond ...
Arthur Walker
Dr. Meinard
Tom Harding
Marigold Russell ...
Gretchen Harding
Arthur Young ...
Kenneth Edwards ...
Charles Dixon
David Garth ...
First Police Officer
Stanley Van Beers ...
Second Police Officer
Graham Stuart ...
Police Chief Richards


Tonight, first contact will be made! A beautifully-crafted tale of a superior being from Venus who has the power of life and death at his touch. Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal's glowing and sensitive performance as a woman caught up in the biggest event in history is complemented by Helmut Dantine's powerful, moving portrayal as the Stranger. Suggested by events in the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still," this film is a touching, humanizing and haunting story of "first contact" with a peaceful and advanced intelligence from another planet coming to Earth with an ultimatum and out-of-this-world powers to back it up. Written by Anonymous

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Immediate remake of the day the earth stood still See more »


The distance to Venus is claimed to be "millions of lightyears." The actual distance to Venus is about three light minutes. See more »


Remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Imagine Day the Earth Stood Still without the SFX
25 January 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Stranger From Venus is a nice little film, but really has not much to recommend it. Obviously it is adapted/stolen from the Robert Wise classic, The Day The Earth Stood Still and even has Patricia Neal as well as the female star. But even for a fifties science fiction film, there is a serious lack of special effects...especially in comparison with the other movie. The few shots of the Venusian spacecrafts look to be very childishly done and do not mesh well at all with the other footage.

This film is one of the precursors of the wave of excellent British science fiction that was heralded in by Terrence Fisher, Val Guest and the rise of Hammer Films. The script for Stranger From Venus does have some of eloquence of the films to come, but the ideas just don't gel properly.

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