Aliens take five people, give them small capsules which can kill mankind without additional damage, with the understanding they will colonize Earth only if they use the weapons.


William Asher


John Mantley (screenplay), John Mantley (novel)





Cast overview:
Gene Barry ... Jonathan Clark
Valerie French ... Eve Wingate
George Voskovec ... Prof. Klaus Bechner
Arnold Moss ... The Alien
Stefan Schnabel ... The Soviet General
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Mr. Ingram
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Dr. Karl Neuhaus (as Frederick Ledebur)
Paul Birch ... Admiral
Azemat Janti Azemat Janti ... Ivan Godofsky


Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers" (USA, USSR and China), suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No power on Earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given. Each person has been provided with the power of life and death. Any of these individuals has the capability to instantaneously launch the capsules to whatever coordinates he/she chooses, and each capsule will then eradicate all human life within a 3,000-mile radius of its designated location. Written by Craig Chilton <>

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Five people given the power to destroy nations! What will they do? What would you do? See more »




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The unusual looking sports car that Eve's boyfriend is seen standing near in the opening scenes on the beach is a 1954 Arnolt Bristol Competition. See more »


While there are places in the South Pacific, such as Point Nemo, that are more than 1500 miles from land, there would likely be ships within the capsule's 7 million square mile kill zone. Also, it is not clear how Neuhaus was delivered to the test point given the time course of the story. At full speed, a 1950's USN destroyer would take more than 5 days to get to Point Nemo from San Diego and another 2.5 days to get out of the kill zone. See more »


Eve Wingate: Men commit a variety of crimes and they always seem to have the same excuse.
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Referenced in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) See more »

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A thoughtful look at "the 27th Day"
14 December 2001 | by scotmachighSee all my reviews

This a very thoughtful film. Even though the film takes place in 1957 the subject matter is current into todays world. The film makes you think of society as a whole. Not of just one nation. The ills and the good of human relations with each other and our surroundings. How far we would go to make this world a far better place or a Hell of earth. It makes you stop and think, what would you do with the power the people were given in the film. The effects were average for a film of the time period. Great effects were not needed though. Watch, listen and think. The film gets better each time you watch it.

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Release Date:

July 1957 (USA) See more »

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Romson Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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