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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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Complete credited cast:
Major Roger Putnam Spelding
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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Hal B. Wallis considered either Lewis, Alec Guinness or Danny Kaye for the lead role. See more »


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 »


Version of Goodyear Playhouse: Visit to a Small Planet (1955) 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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