Updated: April 10, 2023
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL PHOTO GALLERY #03
A hallmark of the science fiction genre as well as a wry commentary on the political climate
of the 1950s, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a sci-fi movie less concerned with special effects
than with a social parable. A spacecraft lands in Washington, D.C., carrying a humanoid messenger
from another world (Michael Rennie) imparting a warning to the people of Earth to cease their
violent behavior. But panic ensues as the messenger lands and is shot by a nervous soldier. His
large robot companion destroys the Capitol as the messenger escapes the confines of the hospital.
He moves in with a family as a boarder and blends into society to observe the full range of the
human experience. Director Robert Wise (West Side Story) not only provides one of the most
recognizable icons of the science fiction world in his depiction of the massive robot loyal to
his master, but he avoids the obvious camp elements of the story to create a quiet and observant
story highlighting both the good and the bad in human nature.
The Day The Earth Stood Still depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie),
who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the message that earthlings
must stop warring among themselves or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to
a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh) to
gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about.
Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding
house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon
find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt
for the alien.