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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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Prior to its successful Broadway run,"Visit To A Small Planet" was first aired as a television play on May 8, 1955 on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. While some sources places another broadcast of this play in 1957, Gore Vidal did publish a collection of television plays in 1956 entitled "Visit to a Small Planet and Other Television Plays". The play opened on Broadway on February 7, 1957 at the Boothe Theater and ran for 388 performances. See more »

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Hollywood ruined re muddling of a brilliant social satire
18 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although somewhat funny because of the typical Jerry Lewis antics, it bears very little resemblance to the original TV and Broadway plays which was supposedly the basis for the film. I was lucky enough to see the original TV broadcast and read the play. Personally, I found the TV version to be the best. The premise is that an alien (of superior intelligence) comes to earth and makes rather scathing comments and conclusions from his observations about American (and world) cultures and societies. Most likely rather accurate reflections of the author's (Gore Vidal) thoughts on the subjects and issues. It was a very socially relevant portrayal of the time period. The film version vaguely touched on some and made the alien a very naive buffoon which turned a great satire into a comic farce for laughs only and of little intellectual value.

I keep hoping that someday a video version of the TV broadcast will be released. I believe that the UCLA archives does have a kinescope copy on file.

JGB in Massachusetts


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