Goodyear Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 16

Visit to a Small Planet (8 May 1955)
"Goodyear Television Playhouse" Visit to a Small Planet (original title)

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A visitor from another planet arrives on Earth and seems anxious to provoke a war - "one thing you people do really well".



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Episode credited cast:
Roger Spelding
Paul Laurent
Sylvia Davis ...
Ellen. Spelding
Alfred De La Fuente ...
President of Paraguay
Second Visitor
Jill Kraft ...
Janet Spelding
Gerald Milton ...
First VIsitor
General Powers
Cyril Ritchard ...
John Randolph


A visitor from another planet arrives on Earth and seems anxious to provoke a war - "one thing you people do really well".

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The teleplay by Gore Vidal opened on Broadway on February 7, 1957 at the Booth Theater and ran for 388 performances. See more »


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

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The Lost Masterwork Is Found!
28 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Long thought lost, this delightful episode has miraculously popped back up! Those who have read the published script are in for a grand surprise, for the story plays far better than it reads, and Cyril Ritchard's performance is a standout. The whereabouts of the original kinescope are unknown, though it was likely tossed into a dumpster back in the 1950s. But a 1" submaster as well as a 3/4" copy were donated to the UCLA Film and Television Archive in about 2002 or 2003. Before they deteriorated, the UCLA technicians made copies. Serious research scholars are permitted to view this show by appointment at the Powell Library. Now our job is to figure out who owns the rights and then find an interested distributor. Drop me a note if you have trouble locating the UCLA Archive's info online.

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