Friday, January 14, 2011

Radio – Lux – “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1954) ***

I never realised the Christ parable of this story until now – a visionary man (Michael Rennie, in the role that turned him into a star for about two seconds) arrives on the planet earth, is hounded almost immediately by hostile forces, escapes and walks among the general population, tries to communicate with top leaders, is killed for his pains, rises from the dead to spread the message: do what I do or you’re all doomed. Jean Peters takes over the Patricia Neal role of the widowed mother who shares a house with Rennie and is happy to let him take her young son out for the day when she hardly knows him. Thought-provoking an entertaining – the radio version unfortunately (though unavoidably) has to minimise the role of the robot.

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