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Sci-Fi Double Feature!

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951);
This Island Earth (1955) @ Million Dollar Theater

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
December 14, 2011 - 7:30 pm

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Directed by Robert Wise

An alien accompanied by a large robot arrives on Earth to warn humans about the consequences of their violent ways and increasingly destructive technology, but his warnings fall on deaf ears as he meets a violent end at the hand of the humans in this science fiction commentary on Cold War mentalities, nuclear proliferation, and irony.

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. Producer: Julian Blaustein. Screenwriter: Edmund H. North. Cinematographer: Leo Tover. Editor: William Reynolds. Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray.

35mm, b/w, 92 min.

This Island Earth (1955)

Directed by Joseph Newman

Flying saucers!  Alien abductions!  Brain-reprogramming!  A sci-fi classic in which aliens kidnap scientists for nefarious purposes, presented in color with special effects described by the New York Times in 1955 as “superlatively bizarre and beautiful,” This Island Earth also features “reasonable acting” and “plucky, even literate, writing.”  If you’ve ever wondered what the influence for GWAR’s fourth album was, now you know.

Universal Pictures Co., Inc. Producer: William Alland. Screenwriter: Franklin Coen, Edward G. O’Callaghan. Cinematographer: Clifford Stine. Editor: Virgil Vogel. Cast: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell Johnson.

35mm, color, 87 min.