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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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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A poster for this film can be seen in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). It's on a wall in the final scene in the alley. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Desdemona's Lament
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Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Barbara Lawson
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Jerry at his best working for someone else
25 June 2009 | by ruthann-renaudSee all my reviews

I was five years old when this movie came out and was intrigued more by the special effects (Jerry floating in air and walking up the wall and onto the ceiling). It was also of not that this was his last film for many years where he had someone else direct the film (the veteran Norman Taurog). From this Jerry went to make his kind of movies. My parents were big Lewis fans and I am to this day. This may not be up there with "The Nutty Professor" but it's close. This film also had a good supporting cast and had a "stagy" look befitting its origins as a play. I mentioned being intrigued by the FX (floating and walking on walls). Being a typical kid I thought I could walk on walls and quickly found out I couldn't. This is definitely something that shouldn't be tried at home-only in the movies.


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