Viewers of Turner Classic Movies and fans of classic/cult science-fiction films will be in for a treat.
The original version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951)
The network will showcase Robert Wise’s critically-acclaimed 1951 sci-fi masterpiece on the morning of Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. To kick off the New Year, TCM will have an encore showing on the afternoon of Jan. 1 at 3:45 p.m.
Wise’s film was honored with a Golden Globe award in 1951, under the category of “Best Film in Promoting International Understanding.”
Publicity photo from “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951). Source: Lantern Media Archive Michael Rennie as the alien Klaatu, Patricia Neal as Helen Benson, Hugh Marlowe as Tom Stevens, Sam Jaffe as Jacob Barnhart, Lock Martin as the robot “Gort,” Frances Bavier as Mrs. Barley and Billy Gray as Bobby Benson. A cameo appearance is made by journalist Drew Pearson.
Classic television enthusiasts may recognize Bavier from her role as Aunt Bee on “The Andy Griffith Show” (which ran from 1960-1968), and Gray from his role as Bud Anderson on “Father Knows Best” (which ran from 1954-1960).
Why you should see the original “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (for those that have never seen it)
51 years after its general release, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” still holds up as one of the definitive (and pioneering) science fiction films. With Bernard Herrmann’s iconic orchestral score (with Theremin effects) and Leo Tover’s sharp cinematography, you will not be disappointed in Robert Wise’s science fiction masterpiece.
A cameo mention of CMA304:
To my fellow “friends of the matinee” in Hood College’s online journalism class (CMA304), we made it! It was an interesting and insightful experience, as we learned a lot about blogging (along with hints/techniques on blogging) and our blogs from each other. I will keep on blogging with this site, and my other classic film/TV blog site, “At the Matinee.”
To paraphrase Turner Classic Movies’ recent slogan, “Let’s Movie!” Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all in CMA304- Enjoy!
P.S.- “Keep circulating the tapes!”
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