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.
Jerry Lewis ... Kreton
Joan Blackman ... Ellen Spelding
Earl Holliman ... Conrad
Fred Clark ... General Roger Putnam Standing
John Williams ... Delton
Jerome Cowan ... George Abercrombie
Gale Gordon ... Bob Mayberry
Lee Patrick ... Rheba Spelding
Milton Frome ... Police Commissioner
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Mabel Mayberry
Barbara Lawson ... Desdemona - Singer / Dancer
Director: Norman Taurog
DivX 5 / MP3
Lots of hilarious Jerry Lewis mugging, sight-gags and comedy routines, terrific special effects work by the master John P. Fulton; great flying saucers! Terrific counterpoint with Lewis' Kreton and his professor back home, Mr. Delton, played by the distinguished English actor John Williams; a few Lewis gems: "Keep your nose out of other people's planets", even if you think "the grass is greener on the other side of the galaxy"! A really fun picture.
I saw this when it first came out in the summer of 1960. Too bad it wasn't filmed in Technicolor; that's really the only flaw I find in it - it was made in b&w. It would have been so much better in Technicolor. This is probably why it wasn't more popular.
Great fun for the whole family, with a terrific cast.
This was Lewis' last studio picture under his old Paramount contract before he formed his own independent production company; he made "The Bellboy" in six weeks completely on his own, right after completing work on this movie, and sold it to Paramount. This would be his arrangement with the film studio on all his subsequent films of the 1960s at the studio until he went on to other studios.
Delightful for Jerry Lewis fans, and a delightful music score by Leigh Harline.
Just a great movie and I think ranks in Lewis' top three with The Bellboy and The Errand Boy. Don't miss it.
# Gore Vidal, who wrote the original play, was upset with the choice of Jerry Lewis as the lead in the movie version. On Broadway, Vidal's play ran for 388 performances between Feb 7, 1957 and Jan 11, 1958, and won Cyril Ritchard, originator of the Kreton character, a 1957 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in Play. But Jerry Lewis was a star, twelve times named to the Top Ten list of Box Office Stars, six times with partner Dean Martin (with whom he was the top star of 1952), and six times solo (ranking as high as #3 in 1958). He got the part.
# A poster for "Visit To A Small Planet" can be seen in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". It's on a wall in the final scene in the alley.
# Prior to its successful Broadway run,"Visit To A Small Planet" was first aired as a television play on May 8, 1955 on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. While some sources places another broadcast of this play in 1957, Gore Vidal did publish a collection of television plays in 1956 entitled "Visit to a Small Planet and Other Television Plays".