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The Day the Earth Stood Still ()


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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Klaatu
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Helen Benson
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Tom Stevens
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Professor Jacob Barnhardt
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Bobby Benson
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Mrs. Barley
Lock Martin ...
Gort
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Patrick Aherne ...
General at Pentagon (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Sightseer at Spaceship (uncredited)
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Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ...
Peddler (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ...
Chief of Staff (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
John Brown ...
George Barley (uncredited)
John Burton ...
British Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Michael Capanna ...
Sentry (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Mr. Bleeker (uncredited)
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Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Jean Charney ...
Mother (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ...
Secretary (uncredited)
John Close ...
Captain (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ...
French Woman (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
General at Pentagon (uncredited)
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Mr. Harley (uncredited)
Eric Corrie ...
British Soldier (uncredited)
John Costello ...
Cockney (uncredited)
James Craven ...
Businessman (uncredited)
Marjorie Crossland ...
Hilda (uncredited)
Jack Daly ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Elmer Davis ...
Elmer Davis - Commentator (uncredited)
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Army Physician (uncredited)
Jim Doyle ...
Medical Corps Major (uncredited)
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Government Man (uncredited)
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Major General (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Crockett (uncredited)
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Extra in Office Building Corridor (uncredited)
Michael Ferris ...
British Soldier (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Emma - Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Grady Galloway ...
American Radar Operator (uncredited)
Bill Gentry ...
Sentry (uncredited)
Paul Gerrits ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Military Officer at Pentagon Meeting (uncredited)
Glenn Hardy ...
Interviewer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Al Haskell ...
Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Gabriel Heatter ...
Gabriel Heatter - Commentator (uncredited)
Gil Herman ...
Government Agent (uncredited)
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Airforce Captain looking perplexed (uncredited)
John Hiestand ...
TV Announcer on Truck (uncredited)
H.V. Kaltenborn ...
H.V. Kantenborn - Commentator (uncredited)
Hassan Khayyam ...
Indian Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
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Platoon Leader (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ...
General Cutler (uncredited)
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Colonel Ryder (uncredited)
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Brigadier General (uncredited)
Bert Madrid ...
Sightseer at Spaceship (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Sentry (uncredited)
Sandee Marriott ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Air Force Sergeant (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ...
Brady (uncredited)
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Military Officer at Pentagon Meeting (uncredited)
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Voice of General (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Government Man (uncredited)
Bruce Morgan ...
Government Man (uncredited)
Joseph C. Narcisse ...
Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Bill Neff ...
Police Officer Behind Desk (uncredited)
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Colonel (uncredited)
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Margaret - Secretary (uncredited)
Sammy Ogg ...
Sam (uncredited)
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Major White (uncredited)
Gayle Pace ...
Captain (uncredited)
Drew Pearson ...
Drew Pearson - Commentator (uncredited)
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Colonel (uncredited)
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Military Police Captain (uncredited)
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Cab Driver (uncredited)
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Army Captain (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ...
Soldier (uncredited)
John M. Reed ...
Tank Driver (uncredited)
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Operator (uncredited)
Barry Regan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
John Rice ...
Bobby (uncredited)
Fay Roope ...
Major General (uncredited)
Pola Russ ...
Russian Woman (uncredited)
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Government Man (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Government Man (uncredited)
Peter Similuk ...
Russian Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Simpson ...
Colonel (uncredited)
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Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ...
Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
Marc Snow ...
Government Man (uncredited)
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Mr. Krull (uncredited)
Kim Spalding ...
Army Orderly (uncredited)
Murray Steckler ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Harmon Stevens ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Voice of Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Glen Walters ...
Scientific Delegate (uncredited)
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Carlson (uncredited)
Gil Warren ...
Government Man (uncredited)
Bill Welsh ...
Radio Newscaster (uncredited) (voice)
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Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Government Man (uncredited)
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Colonel in Jeep (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Wise

Written by

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Edmund H. North ... (screen play)
 
Harry Bates ... (based on a story by)

Produced by

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Julian Blaustein ... producer

Music by

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Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

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Leo Tover ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William Reynolds

Editorial Department

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Orven Schanzer ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Addison Hehr
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Claude E. Carpenter ... (set decorations) (as Claude Carpenter)
Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Travilla ... (costumes designed by)
Clinton Sandeen ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Gene Bryant ... unit manager (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Del Ruth ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Stanley Hough ... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Bert Leeds ... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Harry M. Leonard ... sound
Arthur von Kirbach ... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)

Special Effects by

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Melbourne A. Arnold ... robot builder (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects
L.B. Abbott ... effects team (uncredited)
Lyman Hallowell ... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... effects team (uncredited)
Emil Kosa ... effects team (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Len Prout ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Perkins Bailey ... costume designer: Klaatu's
Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bernard Herrmann ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman ... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Paul Shure ... musician: theremin (uncredited)

Other crew

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Samuel Herrick ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Anthony Jowitt ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Steve Pritko ... stand-in: Michael Rennie (uncredited)
Clifford Sales ... double: Billy Gray (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. Written by Bruce Janson

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Taglines A robot and a man . . . hold the world spellbound with new and startling powers from another planet! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Farewell to the Master (United States)
  • Journey to the World (United States)
  • Mission spaciale - Le jour où la terre s'arrêta (France)
  • Le jour où la terre s'arrêta (France)
  • Der Tag, an dem die Erde stillstand (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The role of Gort was played by Lock Martin, the doorman from Grauman's Chinese Theater, because he was extremely tall. However, he was unable to pick up Helen because he was so weak and had to be aided by wires (in shots from the back where he's carrying her, it's actually a lightweight dummy in his arms). He also had difficulty with the heavy Gort suit and could only stay in it for about a half hour at a time. See more »
Goofs Whilst interrupting the world's electricity would stop cars that run on gasoline, it would not affect diesel vehicles since their engines use compression to run and not an electrical spark. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957). See more »
Crazy Credits Elmer Davis, H.V. Kaltenborn, and Drew Pearson identify themselves when they appear on screen. Radio personality Gabriel Heatter is identified by an announcer. See more »
Quotes Helen: Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!
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