The Day the Earth Stood Still script
Synopsis: The Day the Earth Stood Still (a.k.a. Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) is a 1951 black-and-white American science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, that stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates. The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.

INT. NEW YORK TAXI - DRIVER AND FARE – DAY

The driver and his fare are listening intently to the radio,

as we hear the voice of another radio reporter.

2ND RADIO REPORTER

(voice off scene)

This is not another "flying saucer"

scare. Scientists and military men

have already agreed on that. Whatever

this is -- it's something real.

EXT. SUBURBAN GAS STATION

The attendant, who is filling a car with gas, leans around

to hear the car's radio, oblivious to the fact that the car's

tank is overflowing.

3RD RADIO REPORTER

(voice off scene)

We interrupt this program to give

you a bulletin just received from

one of our naval units at sea. "A

large object, traveling at supersonic

speed, is headed over the North

Atlantic toward the east coast of

the United States."

Music builds to a climax and ends.

INT. WASHINGTON RADIO STATION

4TH RADIO REPORTER

(with deliberately

controlled calm)

Here in the nation's capital, there

is anxiety and concern, but no outward

sign of panic. As a matter of fact,

there are signs of normalcy that

seem strangely out of place; the

beautiful spring weather, the tourist

crowds at the various monuments and

public buildings...

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Edmund H. North

Edmund Hall North (March 12, 1911 – August 28, 1990), was an American screenwriter who shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Francis Ford Coppola in 1970 for their script for Patton. North wrote the screenplay for the 1951 science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still and is credited for creating the famous line from the film, "Klaatu barada nikto". more…

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