They are among you, so beware! Zach examines the 1951 classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still.


The Day The Earth Stood Still depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves–or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh) to gather all the world’s leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government’s witch hunt for the alien.

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Stephen Schleicher

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  1. September 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    Nice to see a review of the original (and that some people actually know it exists since I die a little inside every time I have to point out that there was one before the one with Keanu Reeves).

  2. Oldcomicfan
    September 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    I was glad to see you address this movie since it was a favorite of mine for the longest time. It used to be on TV all the time until color came along, and since then, I’ve owned it on VHS, laserdisc and DVD. I was a little dissappointed by your discussion, though. You went on and on about the special effects, music and religious overtones but the one thing you folks forgot to talk about was the actual movie…

  3. Drago
    September 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Torq! Klaatu barada nikto! errrrr podcast blurrrrrrrrrrrr

    • Drago
      September 11, 2014 at 9:23 am — Reply

      The UN met in London until 1952 when its HQ was completed in Manhattan.

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