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cast, crew and summary of the day the earth stood still - 1951
               
cast


Michael Rennie .... Klaatu
Patricia Neal .... Helen Benson
Hugh Marlowe .... Tom Stevens
Sam Jaffe .... Dr. Barnhardt
Billy Gray .... Bobby Benson
Frances Bavier .... Mrs. Barley
Lock Martin .... Gort
Drew Pearson .... Himself
Frank Conroy .... Harley
Carleton Young .... Colonel
Fay Roope .... Major General
Edith Evanson .... Mrs. Crockett
Robert Osterloh .... Major White
Tyler McVey .... Brady
James Seay .... Government Man
John Brown .... Mr. Barley
Marjorie Crossland .... Hilda
Glenn Hardy .... Interviewer
House Peters Jr. .... MP Captain
H.V. Kaltenborn .... Himself
Elmer Davis .... Himself
Rush Williams .... M.P. Sergeant
Olan Soule .... Mr. Krull
Gil Herman .... Government Agent
James Craven .... Businessman
Harry Lauter .... Platoon Leader
Wheaton Chambers .... Jeweler
Dorothy Neumann .... Barnhardt's Secretary
George Lynn .... Colonel Ryder
Freeman Lusk .... General Cutler
John Burton .... British Radio M.C

Lock Martin Trivia:
Born as Joseph Lockard Martin Jr. on October 12, 1916.
He was VERY tall at 7' 7" and worked as a doorman at a Hollywood night club when he was cast as Gort in this movie. He was married to Ethel Babcock on June 7, 1946. He died on January 19, 1959.

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crew

Credits
Written by
Harry Bates (story Farewell to the Master)
Edmund H. North

Directed by
Robert Wise

Cinematography by
Leo Tover

Music by
Bernard Herrmann

Production Design by
Addison Hehr
Lyle R. Wheeler

Costume Design by
Travilla
Film Editing by
William Reynolds (II)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein

Other crew
L.B. Abbott .... effects team, uncredited
Claude E. Carpenter .... set decorator
Addison Hehr .... art director
Dr. Samuel Herrick .... technical advisor
Ray Kellogg .... effects team, uncredited
Arthur L. Kirbach .... sound
Emil Kosa .... effects team, uncredited
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Bert Leeds .... second unit direction
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Thomas Little .... set decorator
Ben Nye .... make-up
Fred Sersen .... special effects
Lyle R. Wheeler .... art director
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production





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film summary
A huge 'flying saucer' lands in Washington, D.C . A semi-panic ensues and troops arrive. A humanoid alien (Klaatu) and a robot (Gort) emerge, but Klaatu is wounded by a nervous soldier. Gort then uses his laserbeam 'eye' to melt the weapons right out of soldiers' hands and even a tank. Klaatu's arm is treated at Walter Reed hospital and he tries to arrange a meeting with the leaders of the world, but they cannot agree on a meeting place, letting pettiness and pride rule them.

"I'm impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it".

The story continues with Klaatu escaping from the hospital, hiding out in a boarding house, befriending a young boy, and contacting a scientist in the attempt to meet with the best scientific minds of Earth. Even they require prodding, so Klaatu arranges to shut down Earth's power for half an hour (hence the title). He is hunted down by the military, is killed, brought back to life by Gort, and introduces the world to the phrase, "Gort, Klaatu barada nikto". One reviewer thought that means "don't destroy the planet". I rather believe it means, "Hey, come get me!", but yes, "spare those dumb humans" is part of it. Anyway, once he finally has our attention (and is ready to leave), he addresses a world audience, warning us that unless the people of Earth stop their nuclear frenzy, which also endangers the rest of the universe, Gort and the rest of the robots on Klaatu's planet will reduce the world "to a burnt-out cinder". "The choice," declares Klaatu, "is yours."
It still is.

Hard to believe this was made in 1951. This is one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made.

timeline of the day the earth stood still
Thursday, April 19, 1951 "
3:47 PM -- Spaceship lands at the Ellipse in Washington DC *
5:30 PM -- Drew Pearson reports on Evening Newscast *
5:40 PM -- Spaceship opens; Klaatu appears "
5:50 PM -- Klaatu is shot: take to Walter Reed Memorial Hospital, Room 306 "
8:30 PM -- First meeting with Secretary Harley '
Friday, April 20, 1951 "
3:30 PM -- Checkup by MD: healed of gunshot wound '
3:40 PM -- Second meeting with Secretary Harley '
7:00 PM -- Klaatu's escape discovered '
8:00 PM -- Carpenter (Klaatu) rents room at Mrs. Crocket's '
Saturday, April 21, 1951"
Afternoon -- Talks with Bobby Benson
Sunday, April 22, 1951"
10:00 AM - Escorts Bobby Benson on tour of Washington DC '
10:30 AM - Visit Arlington Memorial Cemetary '
11:30 AM - Visit Lincoln Memorial '
12:00 PM - Visit Spaceship '
1:00 PM -- Attempt to meet with Professor Barnhardt '
2:00 PM -- Lunch and Matinee ?
8:30 PM -- Federal agent takes Carpenter to Professor's home '
9:00 PM -- Carpenter meets with Professor Barnhardt '
Monday, April 23, 1951 "
9:00 PM -- Klaatu returns to Spaceship to program 'anomoly' '
11:00 PM - Klaatu discovered by Tom Stevenson '
Tuesday, April 24, 1951 "
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11:45 AM - Carpenter meets Helen Benson at work "
12:00 PM - Anomoly occurs: all electrical activity ceases for one half hour *
12:30 PM - Military puts Washington under quaranteen *
7:00 PM -- Helen confronts Tom: Feds alerted by Tom '
7:30 PM -- Helen leaves boarding house with Carpenter: chase begins ?
7:55 PM -- Chase ends: Klaatu shot and killed - moved to Police Station nearby ?
8:00 PM -- Gort activates: dissolves plastic restraint '
8:10 PM -- Helen tells Gort, "Klaatu birada nicto" '
8:20 PM -- Gort recovers body of Klaatu and returns to spaceship '
8:35 PM -- Klaatu is revived '
9:00 PM -- Scientist conference begins - Klaatu presents ultimatum *
9:15 PM -- Klaatu and Gort depart in Spaceship *