The 27th Day

Synopsis: Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No power on earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given. Each person has been provided with the power of life and death. Any of these individuals has the capability to instantaneously launch the capsules to whatever coordinates he/she chooses, and each capsule will then eradicate all human life within a 3,000-mile radius of its designated location.
Genre: Sci-Fi
Director(s): William Asher
Production: Columbia Pictures
75 min

How do you like it, Eve?


What is it?

My impression of

the coastland of Cornwall.

Oh, Harry darling, you painted

the entire coastline of England.

I've yet to see anything

that looks like a wave.

Never mind. Keep on trying.

I'm going for a walk.

You have certain no appreciation

for modern art.

Miss Wingate

Come with me, please.

- Three sugars?

- Three.

I like your style, Pete.

Some day, You'll be the boss of

the Los Angeles "Record Telegram".

Thanks for the compliment.

That's 20 cents.

My mistake,

some day you'll be the treasurer.

- Keep the change.

- Thanks.

Mr. Clark


Who's that?

My name is of no importance,

Mr. Clark

But I must ask you to come with me.

Su Tan

Come with me, Su Tan.

Well, I'm ready.

At least I remember to take

my notes with me to America.

Coblenz has been honored by your

invitation to the conference.

Ah,the honor will be

to witness the launching of the satellite.

They mark the beginning

of a new phase in the progress of mankind.

Perhaps the greatest single step

toward achieving communication

between the planets.


Your plane to America. 3 o'clock.

It will be difficult to get

there without it. Huh?

Well, professor,

have a nice trip.

And we'll hear from you soon,uh?

- Thank you, Dr. Schimidt .Goodbye

- Good bye.


Professor Bechner.

Did someone call me?

Professor, I'm afraid

you'll have to interrupt

your departure for America.


But why?

I'm afraid it's not quite that simple.

- Ivan.

- Who goes there?

You are in no danger, Ivan Godofsky.

Halt, or I'll fire.

Your gun will not help.

Excuse me. aren't you

Professor Klaus Bechner?

But what are we doing here?

Where are we?

I don't know. I was

writing a column

in the office of a Los

Angeles Record Telegram

Somebody spoke to me,

now next thing I know I woke up here.

Los Angeles?

I was in England.

And I, my dear, was in Coblenz.

But how?

The how I suspect

we may never understand.

What interests me now is why.

It's pretty obvious

where you're from, my dear.

Are you a soldier?

People of Earth.

Permit me to explain

your presence here.

Each of you is hearing

my words in his

or her native tongue.

Who are you?

Since I'm a stranger

to each of you, perhaps it

would be simplest to

call me 'The Alien'.

Where are you from?

The name of the planet I come from

is unknown to you.

One of many worlds in a

nearby universe.

- Where are we now?

- In space.

I don't believe it.

If you please...

It's the Earth.

Don't be frightened.

You'll be sent back to Earth

absolutely unharmed.

Furthermore, no measurable

time by earthly standards

will pass while you're here

Is such a thing possible?

You're travelling at almost exactly

the speed of light.

At such a speed,

time as you know it, does not exist.

Theoretically, but in actuality...

Why have we been brought here?

If you'll kindly be seated

I'll try to explain.

You five, are here

in effect as representatives.

Not of your particular countries

but as representatives of the human race.

Then, you have come to Earth

to establish contact?

No, professor

We are here to help you

save your beautiful planet.

You talk as if the earth

were about to be destroyed.

That danger exists.

Your entire history

is one of self-destruction.

You have now what you believe

to be the ultimate weapon.

The H bomb.

If you destroy yourselves,

You'll also destroy the Earth.

And that we can not permit,

for it is needed.


The universe in which my world

exists is dying.

Soon, our sun will

be going into nova and explode.

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John Mantley

John Truman Mantley (April 25, 1920 – January 14, 2003) was a Canadian theatrical actor, writer, director, screenwriter and producer of the long-running television series, Gunsmoke, and was Mary Pickford's cousin. more…

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