THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD
D: Robert Wise
20th Century Fox (Julian Blaustein)
USA 🇺🇸 1951
W: Edmund H. North [based on the
short story "Farewell To The Master" by Harry Bates]
DP: Leo Tover
Ed. William Reynolds
Mus: Bernard Herrmann
Michael Rennie (Klaatu), Patricia Neal (Helen
Benson), Hugh Marlowe (Tom Stephens), Sam Jaffe (Prof. Jacob Barnhardt), Billy Gray (Bobby Benson)
A science fiction with Cold War allegories which
became a milestone in the the genre. The story concerns an alien and his robot aide who visits Washington DC to warn the world what will happen if wars continue.
This was the first movie to show a "flying
saucer", a memorable movie robot and a line of dialogue ("Klaatu Barada Nikto") which itself achieved cult status, make this a bonafide classic of the sci-fi genre.
Quite dated after 60 years but a momentous
achievement at the time. The remake doesn't deserve to bear its title.