Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 1, 1951

The New Pictures The Day the Earth Stood Still (20th Century-Fox), by far the best of Hollywood's recent flights into science-fiction, combines a glimpse into the futuristic marvels of outer space with a thoughtful look at the seedy old earth of 1951. Like The Thing (TIME, May 14), it is the story of a visitor from another planet. But Klaatu (Michael Rennie) is no villainous monster; he is an ultra-civilized human being who makes the earthmen, by contrast, look like a monstrous race of Yahoos.

Klaatu comes from an unnamed planet 250 million miles away...

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