Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"The Day the Earth Stood Still"...radio adaptations

One of those science fiction offerings that escaped the pale of radioactive creatures that run amuck destroying cities and eating people. The 1951 film was sophisticated and a huge success. Below are two radio adaptations that followed that stared Michael Rennie.

Actor Michael Rennie reprises his role as Klaatu for the radio listening audience. Jean Peters plays Helen Benson. Billy Gray is recognizable as the character of Bobby Benson and Professor Barnhardt.

Hollywood Radio Theater [ca. 1953]

Lux Radio Theater [Episode 863, January 4th, 1954]

Thematic material: Technology limitations, messianic portrayal of Klaatu, limitations of robots [Gort].

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