20th Century Fox (1951)
“Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still,
but he told us where we stand”
The story of a humanoid alien visitor who comes to Earth with a warning. The film stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe, and Hugh Marlowe, under the direction of Robert Wise. Screenwriter Edmund H. North based the screenplay on the 1940 Harry Bates’ short story “Farewell to the Master.” The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann and used two theremin electronic instruments. The film is often considered by movie historians to be one of the classics of the science-fiction genre. Since the release of the movie, the phrase Klaatu barada nikto has appeared repeatedly in fiction and in popular culture. No translation of the phrase was stated in the film. Philosophy professor Aeon J. Skoble speculates the famous phrase is a “safe-word”
A loose remake of the the film was released in 2008. The screenplay is based on the 1940 classic science fiction short story “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates and the 1951 screenplay adaptation by Edmund H. North, although Bates’ name is missing from the credits. Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves as Klaatu,
Rocky Horror uses the theme of a young couple going to a wise older learned teacher as the catalyst for the plot of both the original stage play and film versions.