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Complete credited cast:
Major Roger Putnam Spelding
Jerome Cowan ...
Lee Patrick ...
Milton Frome ...
Police Commissioner
Mrs. Mabel Mayberry
Barbara Lawson ...
Beatnik Dancer Desdemona


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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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

4 February 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un marciano en California  »

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1.85 : 1
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A poster for "Visit To A Small Planet" can be seen in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". It's on a wall in the final scene in the alley. See more »


Version of Besuch auf einem kleinen Planeten (1971) See more »


Desdemona's Lament
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Barbara Lawson
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Curious Jerry Lewis enterprise is better than most...
13 August 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Goofy alien Jerry Lewis lands on Earth, decides to try the suburban way of life for awhile, angering his superior officers in space. Screenwriter Edmund Beloin adapted Gore Vidal's play, but it doesn't seem directly tailored for Lewis' mugging talents--which is a blessing. The material is actually quite sophisticated, with a fair amount of witty lines and good supporting performances by Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman and Gale Gordon. Jerry Lewis himself isn't bad; he had yet to be reeled-in by a strong director, but he isn't grating or overtly offensive here. There's some surprising, modern humor in this scenario, while the production, the (minimal) special effects, and Loyal Griggs' black-and-white cinematography are all first-rate. Lots of fun! **1/2 from ****

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