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Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth...

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Storyline

Jerry Lewis is Kreton, a childish alien who, against his teacher's will leaves his planet to visit the Earth, and lands in the backyard of a famous television journalist who doesn't believe in U.F.O's and aliens. Wanting to study humans but not able to fully understand them, Kreton makes a mess out of it, generating a lot of comic situations. Written by Alessio Quirino

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4 February 1960 (USA)  »

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Un marciano en California  »

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Trivia

Gore Vidal, who wrote the original play, was upset with the choice of Jerry Lewis as the lead in the movie version. On Broadway, Vidal's play ran for 388 performances between Feb 7, 1957 and Jan 11, 1958, and won Cyril Ritchard, originator of the Kreton character, a 1957 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in Play. But Jerry Lewis was a star, twelve times named to the Top Ten list of Box Office Stars, six times with partner Dean Martin (with whom he was the top star of 1952), and six times solo (ranking as high as #3 in 1958). He got the part. See more »

Goofs

During the Hungry Brain sequence, the jazz band's trumpet player is shown playing with his horn "open" (unmuted), but the trumpeter heard on the soundtrack is using a mute. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Desdemona's Lament
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Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Barbara Lawson
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A must see for Jerry's fans!
7 October 2014 | by (the companion galaxy just below Andromeda) – See all my reviews

I didn't know this movie exists, so I'm very surprised, because as a boy I just loved Jerry Lewis. Long time I wished he would come to my birthday party. Once, in my naivety, I even called Paramount Pictures and asked to talk to Jerry. He wasn't there, they said.

Some people commented, Gore Vidal wasn't happy with Jerry Lewis playing the main character. I totally disagree: Jerry is trying very hard to save a script that simply isn't funny! Yes, unfortunately this is a very unfunny comedy, but the little funny moments come all from Jerry. Actually I think it was a mistake that Jerry accepted to play in this movie, because this story is too silly even by Jerry Lewis' standards! So, watch it as a Jerry's rarity and try to enjoy it as such.


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