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Visit to a Small Planet 

A visitor from another planet arrives on Earth and seems anxious to provoke a war - "one thing you people do really well".

Director:

Jack Smight

Writer:

Gore Vidal
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Edward Andrews ... Roger Spelding
Theodore Bikel ... Paul Laurent
Sylvia Davis Sylvia Davis ... Ellen Spelding
Alfred De La Fuente Alfred De La Fuente ... President of Paraguay
Louis Edmonds ... Second Visitor
Bruce Kirby ... Aide
Jill Kraft Jill Kraft ... Janet Spelding
Gerald Milton Gerald Milton ... First VIsitor
Alan Reed ... General Powers
Cyril Ritchard ... Kreton
Dick York ... John Randolph
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A visitor from another planet arrives on Earth and seems anxious to provoke a war - "one thing you people do really well".

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Genres:

Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Showcase Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bruce Kirby's TV debut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Elegy for a lost masterpiece
27 February 2006 | by skoylesSee all my reviews

I write this review of a show no one will ever see only in hopes of redeeming the reputation of a beautiful and moving story "Visit to a Small Planet". Most have seen Gore Vidal's play only as filmed in the 1960 Jerry Lewis version. I saw part of this on television once. I recall that I did not last much beyond the first commercial, for that bastardized disaster was emphatically *not* "Visit to a Small Planet" with the towering and elegant Cyril Ritchard as the visiting alien. There is still a remembered sad smile of poignancy in the ending of this gentle parable. Presumably long lost and never to be seen again, the *real* "Visit to a Small Planet" will ever live in my memory and make me thankful that I was able to see the flickering black and white images of a vibrant television era when talent and skill counted for more that electronic sophistication. At least occasionally. Towering above the idiotic comedies of the time, plays broadcast such as "Visit to a Small Planet" paved the way for the best dramas of today.


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