Tired Old Queen At The Movies #136 [VIDEO]

Clip recap:

Halloween brings thrills and suspense as debonair Michael Rennie arrives from another planet to warn the Earth of impending doom in Robert Wise’s Sci-Fi classic; “The Day The Earth Stood Still” (1951). With a brilliant supporting cast including Patricia Neal, Billy Grey and Hugh Beaumont and a spine tingling score by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. It’s just the thing to set the hair on the back of your neck on end. Happy Halloween from Tired Old Queen at the Movies!

  • Steven B

    I love Tired Old Queen. I have JoeMyGod to thank for introducing the hubby and me to him. There have been more than a few movies that I watched after seeing his reviews.
    Gotta wonder about Johnnie. Who is he and what’s his relation to Steve?
    Anyway, thanks Joe for introducing us to TOQATM.

    • grindstone

      Agreed on all points. Love TOQ. Husband loves TOQ. Have seen lots of movies because I saw his review that I may have missed otherwise. Thanks, Joe!

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    • charliebkk

      I second that. About 3 weeks ago my Thai mate dialed up an angst-filled “gay” movie from 15 or 20 years ago on our new interweb-capable tv, and who should appear as a club owner but Steve Hayes. I squealed with delight and had to pause the video to explain to Ton about TOQ. Can’t recall the name of the movie to save my life, but it involved a gay artist, a conflicted bisexual man, and a suicidal transsexual.

      • Robincho

        None of my beeswax, but is your mate into B&D, by any chance? Then you could have the Thai that binds…

  • TuuxKabin

    love TOQATM too, but, in a loving way, less of him and more of the featured movie and stars, especially Patrica Neal and Michael Rennie would be nice.

  • Gustav2

    This was our pizza, beer and a movie Friday night a month ago. We hadn’t seen this since it played on Saturday afternoon TV in the late 1960’s.

  • Macbill

    Great movie! It seemed to treat the genre seriously. The “2001: Space Odyssey” of Mid-Century America.

  • One of my favorite movies. Such an interesting counterpoint to so many of the evil alien movies of that era. Terrible remake (sorry Kathy). I still have a crush on Michael Rennie/Klatuu.

  • sherman

    For a long time I was confused between Michael Rennie and Ronald Reagan.

    I wish we had given Rennie a shot at president, he couldn’t have been worse.

    Well no, W proved that you can be worse.

    • Octavio

      I had a major preadolescent boner for Michael Rennie when I saw this film at the local movie house. He ranked high as one of my masturbatory fantasies for years. 🙂

  • BobSF_94117

    “He was killed in Korea.”

    Tsk, tsk, Anzio is in Italy.

    • Frank McCormick

      And World War II

    • colin payne

      Nit pickers….that’s my job!

  • Henri205

    I’ve loved that movie since I was a kid. I remember seeing it the first time on TV, as part of a Saturday afternoon double feature with the 1953 version of War of the Worlds. Good times!!

    • it’s sucks they almost never do that anymore. two truly good films back to back in a non-prime slot.

  • Orion Dumptee

    Rennie was a class act,he showed up as a ‘guest’ villan on the batman tv series many years later,smooth and suave as ever.

  • bfm01

    My favorite movie ever! Just the way it makes me feel. It inspired me many years ago to take up the Theremin. I have 5 Including an original 1929 RCA!

  • stevenj

    The sci fi movie with a timeless message. Gort, we need you on earth right now.
    The interview with Robert Wise on the dvd speaks volumes about the military’s hesitation/refusal to cooperate in making the film.

    • I didn’t realize there was a version with commentary. I’ll have to look for that.

  • Octavio

    For once this old queen is spot on. It’s a great movie that holds up very well. Great photography, too.

    Off topic: If you can, view the opening of last night’s @Midnight with Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central. Hardwick does the most amazing and crazed mad rant on Back to the Future, the Illuminati, hover boards, the Cubs possibly winning the World Series and how it is all a vicious conspiracy theory come true. Quite the performance. He touches on flying saucers, too. 🙂

  • bob

    Hugh Beaumont ?

    • wayoutinthestix

      It should be Hugh Marlowe, not Mr. Cleaver.

      • jomicur

        And Marlowe also starred in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, quite a different kind of sci-fi movie (but also brilliant, in its way).

  • jomicur

    Watch this brilliant film. Then, if you can stand it, watch the dreadful Keanu Reeves remake. The decline of Hollywood–and probably the decline of America–in a nutshell.

    • SilasMarner

      The remake was an absolute travesty!!!

  • bcarter3

    Hadn’t realized that the Korean War was fought in Italy in 1944.

  • bcarter3

    It’s strange to watch this movie if you live in Washington, because it cites very specific DC locations, but then totally screws up the city’s geography. In TDTESS, people drive North on streets that run East-West, take short walks that cover dozens of miles, and generally ignore the realities of time and space.

    I know it’s SF–and very good SF at that–but whenever I’ve watched it with friends, they’re invariable pulled out of the story by the carelessness of the local narrative.

    • SLK in SF

      Many films set in San Francisco pull the same boner, if you’ll forgive the expression.

      • stevenj

        Or the film is supposed to be set in SF but actually filmed in Vancouver.

    • colin payne

      Same thing happens in LA. First they’re downtown, then they speed around a corner and they’re in Long Beach…suddenly they’ve driven to San Diego in seconds. It’s not about continuity.

  • SilasMarner

    Most of the Sci-Fi movies of the 50’s and the 60’s were pure crap. This one and Forbidden Planet were the best. War of the Worlds wasn’t awful but the acting and dialogue were rather over dramatic.

  • Mark

    never saw the flick – but I’ll never lose RHPS

    Michael Rennie was ill
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    But he told us where we stand
    And Flash Gordon was there
    In silver underwear
    Claude Rains was The Invisible Man
    Then something went wrong
    For Fay Wray and King Kong
    They got caught in a celluloid jam
    Then at a deadly pace
    It Came From Outer Space
    And this is how the message ran…

  • do people really not know this movie? it’s a true classic, sci fi or no. they even made a remake with Key Ah New. i feel sorry for you if you haven’t watched this movie. i even liked the remake a bit.

    TOQ is of course the best. Kidz, this is really one you want to see. you may not like the movies he does that are about 50s romance stars or James Dean, but this is a thinking person’s movie. it stands the test of time.

    • Robincho

      Moe like Kay Oh-No…

  • unsavedheathen

    Odd that TOQ didn’t touch on the fact that “The Day The Earth Stood Still” is essentially a retelling of the Christ fable.

    • Paul_in_Dallas

      Yep. Klaatu assumes the identity of an earth man with the initials J.C., a “Maj. Carpenter.” Later, Klaatu is killed by soldiers but is miraculously resurrected, rising into the heavens from whence he came. The number of the cab Helen and Klaatu ride in during the climactic “Zone 5” manhunt which ends with Klaatu’s death is H-0-0-1-2 which, if you follow this link http://lexiconcordance.com/hebrew/0012.html refers to abdan (ab-dawn), the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, meaning “destruction” or “perishing.”

      • unsavedheathen

        And with the choice between peace and destruction laid plainly before mankind he ascends. If Hugh Marlowe had delivered a Judas kiss, I would have been into it. BTW, I’m in Dallas as well.

        • Paul_in_Dallas

          Movie night! 🙂

  • RickCabral

    Steve’s not tired!! And I’m older than he is.

  • JCF

    It’s been too long since we had a talk by the TOQ! 🙂