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Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 4 February 1960 (USA)
The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth...

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (screenplay), Henry Garson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Kreton
Joan Blackman ... Ellen Spelding
Earl Holliman ... Conrad
Fred Clark ... Maj. Roger Putnam Spelding
John Williams ... Delton
Jerome Cowan ... George Abercrombie
Gale Gordon ... Bob Mayberry
Lee Patrick ... Rheba Spelding
Milton Frome ... Police Commissioner
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Mabel Mayberry
Barbara Lawson Barbara Lawson ... Desdemona - Beatnik Dancer
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Storyline

Jerry Lewis is Kreton, a childish alien who, against his teacher's will leaves his planet to visit the Earth, and lands in the backyard of a famous television journalist who doesn't believe in U.F.O's and aliens. Wanting to study humans but not able to fully understand them, Kreton makes a mess out of it, generating a lot of comic situations. Written by Alessio Quirino

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un marciano en California See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gore Vidal, who wrote the original play, was extremely upset with the choice of Jerry Lewis as the lead in the movie version. On Broadway Vidal's play ran for 388 performances between Feb 7, 1957-Jan 11, 1958 and won Cyril Ritchard, originator of the Kreton character, a 1957 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in Play. However, Lewis was a star, 12 times named to the Top Ten list of Box Office Stars, six times with partner Dean Martin (with whom he was the top star of 1952), and six times solo (ranking as high as #3 in 1958). He got the part. See more »

Goofs

During the Hungry Brain sequence, the jazz band's trumpet player is shown playing with his horn "open" (unmuted), but the trumpeter heard on the soundtrack is using a mute. See more »

Quotes

Conrad: Remember that scoop you had about Elvis? You said he was going into the navy.
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Version of Besuch auf einem kleinen Planeten (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Desdemona's Lament
(uncredited)
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Barbara Lawson
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Jerry as a space man
14 April 2000 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Jerry Lewis plays a space man called Kreton, who comes to this small planet called Earth.There he meets these weird Earth people and gets in troubles.Visit to a Small Planet is a nice Jerry Lewis comedy from 1960.It's not his greatest works, but it has some funny parts, as Jerry Lewis comedies usually. Watch the movie if you're a Jerry Lewis fan and even if you're not.Give it a chance.


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