As Patricia Neal said to Gort (per Michael Rennie): “GORT! KLATU BARADA NIKTO!”

That’s alien robot talk for “Hey, Gort! Don’t destroy the world, but please bring me back to life, if it’s not too much trouble. Thank you very much.”


An afternoon of classic 1950s science fiction can ruin your brain for days afterwards. “It Came From Outer Space” (based on “The Meteor” by Ray Bradbury), followed by “The Day The Earth Stood Still.”

I’ve got my own robot, so around here, I give the orders.

“Gort! BERENGA!” (Get in the spaceship, we’re leaving.)


Honorific – If you could pick one person to be commemorated on a day dedicated to him/her alone, who would you choose?


Author: Marilyn Armstrong

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39 thoughts on “GORT! KLATU BARADA NIKTO!”

    1. And, I’ve always been a fan of Anne Francis. Friggin’ Leslie Nielsen ticked me off when he suggested Anne wear more clothing.


  1. 50s science fiction (books) was (and still is) my go to read on long slow days; most of the movies are not. they all seemed to have the same structure as “Space Patrol” and the acting creds of Watch Mr. Wizard. Nanoo nanoo to you too

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    1. I agree with you, mostly, but there were exceptions. “Forbidden Planet” for one. “The Red Planet Mars,” for two. And both of the aforementioned for three and four. All of these had better than average scripts and solid Sci Fi concepts, so they had some legs under them. “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is a pretty decent little movie, though I think Michael Rennie isn’t much of an actor. “It Came From Outer Space” had a good script, but bad acting. Still, it was a good little Bradbury story and with better acting, it would have been a decent movie. As it is, with all the bad performances, it’s still better than I expected.

      And I love “Forbidden Planet.” Always have.


    2. I still have fond memories of vintage TV series like “Captain Video”, “Tom Corbett-Space Cadet” among others. I don’t think I’d want to revisit them today and taint my memories.

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      1. Wise choice, Garry. I mourned for years over the loss of my fave little girl puppet show, “Rootie Kazootie” (and his girl friend PolkaDottie). Then I found a few old kinescopes of it, lovingly saved on YouTube.
        Don’t go back. Ev-er

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        1. Wow, Judy! I remember “Rootie Kazootie”. I’ve learned it’s hard to go home again when revisiting old shows with the el cheapo sets and stilted acting. I’m still a big fan of movies (and some TV) from their golden eras…but that’s another discussion.

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          1. You just have a thing for Robbie. Once upon a time, I also would — given his ability to make quality hooch.


  2. I loved The Day The Earth Stood Still as a kid. I wonder how it holds up. A “fun factor” must remain. There is a Perry Mason episode where Michael Rennie fills in for Mason who is off due to some undisclosed illness or accident. Several references are made to the movie in the episode which only makes sense if you saw the movie.


    1. It holds up better than I expected. The acting was not bad — not fantastic but not bad, either. Michael Rennie is a bit wooden, but that was his style. Maybe it was an intentional choice. Patricial Neal was always interesting to watch.

      What surprised me more was “It Came From Outer Space” which I had always dismissed as schlock, but actually has an intelligent script and a good concept at the center. Probably because it was based on a Bradbury story. The actors were the usual bad ones used in 1950s B movies. If you took the same script and used real actors, you might have something.

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      1. Michael Rennie was a decent actor, perhaps limited. He narrated a lot of movies including “Sink The Bismark” , “Titanic” (’53 version), “The Desert Fox” and “The Man Who Never Was”. I thought he did a nice job in “Earth Stood Still” with the proper restraint, irony and disbelief at the stupidity of us earthlings. We still haven’t gotten the message of that film.
        Universal-International did a nice job with some of those ’50’s Sci-fi flicks. At the core, they were entertaining and usually included some respected actors like Edmund Gwenn, Sam Jaffe, James Whitmore, Patricia Neal, etc. Bernard Herrmann did the music for “Day The Earth Stood Still”. Jack Arnold was a decent director.
        We remember them (if old enough) as the second feature when we went to the movies as kids or teenagers.
        Yesterday’s double feature viewing of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and “It Came From Outer Space” was just what the doctor ordered for me.


      1. In the original, director’s cut, “sources” tell me that Patricia Neal looks at Gort, lust in eyes, and says, “Is what they say about you people true?”

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