Stranger From Venus - Starring Patricia Neal in a Sci-Fi Rarity

 (31)5.41 h 14 min195413+
A rarely seen Sci-Fi film...Stranger from Venus (a.k.a. Immediate Disaster and The Venusian) is the story of a woman (Patricia Neal) who meets a stranger (Helmut Dantine) with no pulse who has the power of life and death at his touch. He is here from Venus to warn Earth about the atom. A basic plot line similar to the classic "The Day The Earth Stood Still" which also featured Patricia Neal.
Directors
Burt Balaban
Starring
Patricia NealHelmut DantineDerek Bond
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Science FictionSuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Cyril LuckhamWilloughby GrayMarigold Russell
Studio
Princess Pictures
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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Linda LeeReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
British earthlings blunder
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I liked the man from Venus. He is a handsome Venusian without a name.
He can read and speak all languages, as well as read minds. He can also heal people.
He's an honest, forthright representative of Venus who was sent to Earth to arrange a meeting between his superiors and leaders from every nation on Earth.
However, the British butch everything up with selfish disregard and greed.

This is a B movie. The British actors' faces were so deadpan no matter what was taking place. The only exception was the innkeeper's daughter who was the best actress rather than Patricia Neal. PN was as placid as the male actors. Come to think of it, the actor playing the innkeeper was the best actor among all the male characters.

As for action, you get to watch the wheels, bumpers and fenders on vehicles. Several views were of vehicles parking in front of the inn. Other action was watching the Venusian walk up or down the staircase.

If you can handle all that excitement, you'll enjoy the movie.
5 people found this helpful
Hardyboys.usReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Interplanetary Snoozefest
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The plot is similar to "The Day the Earth Stood Still" but that's all it shares with it.
This picture is all talk, talk, talk with little action and el cheapo special effects.
Patricia Neal is wasted in this turkey.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay
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If you are a fan of 50s movies, you may appreciate this one. The same goes for those who are fans of Patricia Neal. She did a good job in this one; it isn't stellar, but she carried the movie. The story and the dialog are weak. The acting is fair. Others have compared this with "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and it isn't as good, IMO. The movie is character driven rather than action driven, and the characters are not well enough developed to make this successful. This might be a good way to spend a snowy or rainy Saturday afternoon.
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BugsReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very similar to Day The Earth Stood Still Spoiler in the review.
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This movie had the same basic theme as Day The Earth Stood Still and Patricia Neal is the leading lady in both films. She plays almost the same type of character with a love interest in the space man. The space man has basically the same message. I thought it was ok but it just does not have the capture your interest attraction. I do enjoy Patricia Neal though.. It does not rate 5 stars.
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William S. DunklinReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Patricia Neal <<<sigh>>>
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There is so much wrong with this movie and yet it's not wrong enough to be campy. Made 3 years after "The Day the Earth Stood Still," this is an obvious hey-look-over-there- while-we-steal-the-plot copy of one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. In this film however, Earth is not threatened/saved by Gort and Klatu, but by being board into submission by 76 minutes of a cast that looks like they've just finished a big dinner and need a nap. Having insomnia? Here's your cure. I can only assume that Patricia Neal thought this would be an easy paycheck.
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Jeffrey SurvivesReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stranger from Venus provides us this closed caption!
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This film "Stranger from Venus" was awesome! The Venusian alien being served to save human lives and provided a closed caption on this film. Our wicked and selfish humans never provide closed captions on several video films. That showed that Venusians cared about our human needs. That was tragic for our paranoid humans preventing a friendly alien landing on Earth. Venusians tried hard to befriend with our strange humans. whom they seek to capture and destroy the Venusian spacecraft. There was a touch feeling of the romantic love between the Venusian and the beautiful Earth woman. In the end, the Venusian became a loner and vanished into a thin air.
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Steve CzetliReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a watch if only to see where the subsequent "earth stopped" movies came from
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This is an historic gem. I doubt it launched Pat Neal's career, but you could see what a natural she is in beauty and acting talent. So often the love interest in syfy films of that era overplayed their part, whereas she hit just the right note.
I think what was more interesting was to see original seed for the classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still " with Michael Rennie. Earthlings proving their worth to extraterrestrials is such a common plot it's surprising no one has displaced the Michael Rennie version. Certainly not the Keanu Reeves sequel. Asylum even took a shot at but I'd have to put the Venus Visitor above their effort.
Stranger from Venus, despite a few plot holes, is well worth a watch.
robReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Sci-fi for the Sci-fi Movie Genre Fan
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Love the film. The card playing scene was such a small bit but humorous. Obviously not a big budget movie, so the film has the story with a different atmosphere, more reserved. The actress who portrayed Gretchen did a nice job for the time she was on screen. In watching these old Sci-fi flicks there should be consideration in regards to the era they were made in and the challenges they faced in producing a movie.
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