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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Chris Cronyn
... Linda Cronyn
Herbert Berghof ... Franz Calder
... Admiral Bill Carey
... Arjenian
... President
... Secretary of Defense Sparks
Orley Lindgren ... Stewart Cronyn
Bayard Veiller ... Roger Cronyn
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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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El milagro de Marte  »

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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

At about 33:20. the President quotes a familiar poem, "Solution there is none, save in the Golden Rule of Christ alone." He then says, "My father was very fond of Emerson." But the line he quotes is from an anti-slavery poem of John Greenleaf Whittier. See more »

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Franz Calder: He who follows the tyrant's banner shall wear the tyrant's chains. He who carries God's banner shall know everlasting life!
Arjenian: You expect me to to tell them that?
Franz Calder: What you tell them is no concern of mine.
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At the end of the movie, "The Beginning" appears on the screen. See more »

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Referenced in Contact (1997) See more »

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Okay, about Graves' wide screen television!
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed the film, like a little snip of history, as you could "feel" the mood of the times just watching it.

What I was wondering, when you see Peter Graves watching television at home he is clearly looking at a wide (really wide) screen set seemingly embedded in a wall that is made of stone floor to ceiling.

Additionally, he has knobs on a table along side his chair to turn on and off the set.

For all intent and purpose (with the exception of no remote control) the room is set up rather like a home-theater only in 1952. Were there wide screen television able to be set into a wall with knobs on tables back then? I noticed too that the screen was surrounded by wood trim, rather like the way you see a wall mounted AC unit! Interesting.


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