Red Planet Mars

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Overview

Harry Horner's notorious anti-Communist science-fiction/fantasy movie Red Planet Mars (1952) has arrived on DVD courtesy of Cheezy Flicks, in a surprisingly good quality edition. The transfer is superior to what one would expect on this now seldom seen movie (which was a staple of local television sci-fi movie programming, at least in New York, during the 1970's), with decent sound and a nice clear image, transferred full-screen (1.33-to-1). The only major supplement is a selection of trailers from other Cheezy ...
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Overview

Harry Horner's notorious anti-Communist science-fiction/fantasy movie Red Planet Mars (1952) has arrived on DVD courtesy of Cheezy Flicks, in a surprisingly good quality edition. The transfer is superior to what one would expect on this now seldom seen movie (which was a staple of local television sci-fi movie programming, at least in New York, during the 1970's), with decent sound and a nice clear image, transferred full-screen (1.33-to-1). The only major supplement is a selection of trailers from other Cheezy Flicks titles, but that's okay -- this movie's entertainment value is not only self-contained but multi-leveled. The chaptering is fairly generous, given the rather rudimentary plot.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Red Planet Mars is an eerily fascinating artifact of the era of the Red Scare, and also the first postwar science fiction boom, combining those elements into an eerie story that is all the more surreal because it is played with such earnestness. Peter Graves and Andrea King -- especially King -- act like they are in some kind of modern day morality play, and Herbert Berghof (a legendary acting teacher who was blacklisted at the time, as was his wife Uta Hagen) is so over-the-top as to be an embarrassment to his profession. And yet . . . therein lies the movie's value -- it can be appreciated as an Edward D. Wood, Jr.-type unintended laugh-fest, which is the way in which it has usually been presented since the 1950's and early 1960's. But it can also be seen as a slightly nutsy-but-valid expression of the concerns of its era, as the politics of Armageddon flowed through the corners of middle America. This would be a great double-feature with MGM's ever-so-slightly more level-headed The Next Voice You Hear, as the doom-laden rightwing equivalent to that movie's soft-peddled liberal version of anti-Communism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • UPC: 827421000774
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,658

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Graves Chris Cronyn
Andrea King Linda Cronyn
Orley Lindgren Steward Cronyn
Walter Sande Adm. Carey
Marvin Miller Arjenian
Herbert Berghof Franz Calder
Willis B. Bouchey President
Morris Ankrum Secretary Sparks
Lewis Martin Dr. Mitchell
House Peters Jr. Dr. Boulting
Claude Dunkin Peter Lewis
Gene Roth UMW President
Bill Kennedy Commentator
Vince Barnett Man
Tom Keene Gen. Burdette
Grace Lenard Woman
Anthony Veiller Roger Cronyn
Technical Credits
Harry Horner Director
Victor B. Appel Sound/Sound Designer
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Don L. Cash Makeup
David Chudnow Score Composer
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director
Charles Hall Production Designer
Donald Hyde Producer
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Mahlon Merrick Score Composer
Anthony Veiller Producer, Screenwriter
Murray Waite Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Red Planet Mars
2. Studying Mars [9:47]
3. Message to Mars [7:08]
4. No Bounce Back [11:27]
5. Panic in the Streets [7:02]
6. Mars Mania [4:20]
7. Pentagon Meeting [5:39]
8. I Will Not Start a War! [7:43]
9. Message to the World [3:04]
10. Presidential Address [5:36]
11. No Communication [7:04]
12. Evil Plan [10:05]
13. Give Me a Cigarette! [4:02]
14. A New Hope [3:05]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Red Planet Mars
   Trailer (Photo)
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   Chapters
   Also From Cheezy Films
   About Cheezy Films
   Intermission Time
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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    It's a 1952 Black & White movie with believe it or not, has excellent moral teachings. It will surprise everyone who watches the complete movie! There are no monsters unless you think man is a monster! I was really caught up in the movie and felt really great at the end! With what is going on in our country and in the world you may have to swollow and gulp at the message! I'm going to buy this movie for my family and friends! It's a story that needs to be seen!

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