WHEN HOLLYWOOD CALLS

IT'S NOT EASY FOR JOURNALISTS TO IGNORE STARDOM'S SONG

Did you hear about the real-life journalists who played themselves in that movie about mankind's first encounter with extraterrestrials? No, I don't mean the gaggle of CNN anchors and correspondents who appear in Contact. I mean the three prominent newsmen who were featured in The Day the Earth Stood Still, the 1951 classic. In that film's opening moments, the descent of the flying saucer to Earth is breathlessly reported by NBC's H.V. Kaltenborn, radio commentator Elmer Davis and muckraker Drew Pearson. Then as now, the producers believed the presence of journalists would lend an air of authenticity to their otherworldly plot.

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