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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8 May 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Elegy for a lost masterpiece
27 February 2006 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

I write this review of a show no one will ever see only in hopes of redeeming the reputation of a beautiful and moving story "Visit to a Small Planet". Most have seen Gore Vidal's play only as filmed in the 1960 Jerry Lewis version. I saw part of this on television once. I recall that I did not last much beyond the first commercial, for that bastardized disaster was emphatically *not* "Visit to a Small Planet" with the towering and elegant Cyril Ritchard as the visiting alien. There is still a remembered sad smile of poignancy in the ending of this gentle parable. Presumably long lost and never to be seen again, the *real* "Visit to a Small Planet" will ever live in my memory and make me thankful that I was able to see the flickering black and white images of a vibrant television era when talent and skill counted for more that electronic sophistication. At least occasionally. Towering above the idiotic comedies of the time, plays broadcast such as "Visit to a Small Planet" paved the way for the best dramas of today.

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