Visit to a Small Planet

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The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth…

ACTORS : Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1960

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Visit to a Small Planet  Jerry Lewis is Kreton, a childish alien who, against his teacher’s will leaves his planet to visit the Earth, and lands in the backyard of a famous television journalist who doesn’t believe in U.F.O’s and aliens. Wanting to study humans but not able to fully understand them, Kreton makes a mess out of it, generating a lot of comic situations.

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Visit to a Small Planet  Film version of Gore Vidal’s stage hit was later re-made as TV’s Mork and Mindy. UFO movies in the 50’s and early 60’s usually dealt with unfriendly, intellectually superior aliens out to kill helpless and somewhat naive humans. Then comes Jerry Lewis as a friendly, intellectually lacking alien who is out to study the “human condition.” Most of the gags have been used and reused again on countless sitcoms but they are done well. Great character actors give hilarious supporting performances. Supposedly Gore Vidal was not happy with this version of his play. I’ve seen Vidal on TV many times over the years and never once ever seen him laugh or smile so maybe he has a different definition of comedy than the rest of the planet.

A MUST SEE!

Thank you Cinemax for dusting off this rare gem. You don’t get too many chances to see this on the tube. The idea of Jerry Lewis popping in from 8 million light years away in his saucer to help Gen. Lee’s troops fight the “damn yankees” should be enough incentive for anyone to make time for this and it doesnt disappoint. Unfortunately Jerry miscalculated and landed on Earth 100 years later-he’s a student, not a very smart one but he is majoring in the “Earth” so his natural curiosity brought him down for a short stay, much to the frustration and eventual amusement of his mentor Mr. Delton on his home planet where his every move is monitored on the first 60″ wide screen I can remember seeing. The movie is just hilarious with sight gags galore. I thought I was going to fall out of my chair watching Jerry take his first glass of whiskey and then walk up the wall and stand on the ceiling to have a conversation with his host. And the Beatnik scene at the “Hungry Brain” is a real keeper although many probably wont get it-beatniks were the ‘way cool’ hipsters that preceded the flower child movement of the 60’s. Koo koo baby! Earl Holliman is very funny in an early role and Joan Blackman is scrumptious as Holliman’s love interest that he can never seem to keep his hands off of. She later appeared in two Elvis flicks so you know she’s got to be pretty hot. Just a great movie and I think ranks in Lewis’ top three with The Bellboy and The Errand Boy. Don’t miss it.

 

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