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Red Planet Mars (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1952 (USA)
An American scientist is able to contact and communicate with Mars with shattering political, economic, and spiritual repercussions.

Director:

Harry Horner

Writers:

John L. Balderston (screenplay), Anthony Veiller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Chris Cronyn
Andrea King ... Linda Cronyn
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Franz Calder
Walter Sande ... Admiral Bill Carey
Marvin Miller ... Arjenian
Willis Bouchey ... President
Morris Ankrum ... Secretary of Defense Sparks
Orley Lindgren ... Stewart Cronyn
Bayard Veiller Bayard Veiller ... Roger Cronyn
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Storyline

An American scientist contacts Mars by radio and receives information that Mars is a utopia and that Earth's people can be saved if they return to the worship of God. Revolution sweeps the Earth, including the Soviet Union. But there remains doubt about the messages being genuine, as an ex-Nazi claims he was duping the Americans. Written by Bill Smith <bsmith30@ix.netcom.com>

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SEE! The first contact between Earth and Mars! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

15 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Marte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Melaby Pictures Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the film, the President, speaking of the sacrifice by Chris and Linda Cronyn, says "the whole earth is their sepulcher". That phrase appears in the Garden of the Missing at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer above Omaha Beach in Normandy. In the cemetery the full phrase is "Here are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country and who sleep in unknown graves. This is their memorial. The whole earth is their sepulcher, comrades in arms whose resting place is known only to God." See more »

Goofs

Cronyn broadcasts the first few digits of Pi to the (presumed) Martians, on the theory that any advanced civilization would be familiar with it and respond in kind. However, Cronyn has no basis to assume that Martians would use a base 10/decimal numeral system as we do on Earth, which would be required in order for them to recognize Pi as Cronyn was broadcasting it. See more »

Quotes

Arjenian: [Threateningly to Calder] We don't make investments with no return!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, "The Beginning" appears on the screen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Contact (1997) See more »

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A thought provoking story, relying more on plot than FX
24 October 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

I recall seeing this as a youngster and being really disappointed! No Flash Gordon, no rockets, space guns, not even any Martians. After viewing it again recently, I realize, there was a REAL story here. More fantasy then sci-fi, views more like "The Next Voice You Hear", another movie that dealt in the spirtuality of modern times. A great cast performs admirably and the unexpected conclusion make this one well worth a second look.


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