Red Planet Mars (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  

USA, 1952.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the play by John L. Balderston, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Anthony Veiller.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

A scientist and his wife discover a method by which they can communicate with Mars and the project yields results: Martians begin communicating with Earth!  Unfortunately, their information is devastating, the Martians telling us that they have impressive resources of food and a strong economy which plunges prices and causes economic mayhem among the puny Earthlings.  When the aliens then let us know that everything Jesus said in the Bible has been forgotten by the nuclear-power obsessed citizens of the blue planet, it gets the world interested in building a better future, but first there’s the matter of a vengeful Nazi scientist who is hiding out in the Andes and playing the Yanks against the Russians.  Despite a ridiculous plot that should be campy fun, what with its anti-Communist propaganda intentions front and centre, this one’s lame attempt at being inclusive (the Martians preach the Bible and the president makes sure to point out that other religions are important too, just so long as you follow a religion) is about as laughable as its dramatic plotting is snore-inducing.  Endless conversations in offices and labs mean that even fans of cheesy fifties sci-fi will get nothing out of it, there is no visual delight in the sets or flat photography, and the dialogue is incredibly dull.

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