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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to its successful Broadway run, "Visit To A Small Planet" was first aired as a television play on May 8, 1955--Goodyear Playhouse: Visit to a Small Planet (1955). While some sources places another broadcast of this play in 1957, Gore Vidal did publish a collection of television plays in 1956 entitled "Visit to a Small Planet and Other Television Plays". The play opened on Broadway on February 7, 1957, at the Boothe Theater and ran for 388 performances. 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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Soundtracks

Desdemona's Lament
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Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Barbara Lawson
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Curious Jerry Lewis enterprise is better than most...
13 August 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Goofy alien Jerry Lewis lands on Earth, decides to try the suburban way of life for awhile, angering his superior officers in space. Screenwriter Edmund Beloin adapted Gore Vidal's play, but it doesn't seem directly tailored for Lewis' mugging talents--which is a blessing. The material is actually quite sophisticated, with a fair amount of witty lines and good supporting performances by Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman and Gale Gordon. Jerry Lewis himself isn't bad; he had yet to be reeled-in by a strong director, but he isn't grating or overtly offensive here. There's some surprising, modern humor in this scenario, while the production, the (minimal) special effects, and Loyal Griggs' black-and-white cinematography are all first-rate. Lots of fun! **1/2 from ****


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