"If you have something worthwhile to say, dress it up in the glittering robes of entertainment and you will find a ready market… without
entertainment, no propaganda film is worth a dime.” -Darryl Zanuck, 1943.
Robbie Graham from Silver Screen Saucers
has published a short paper on Scribd entitled
The CIA, the Movie Mogul, and "The Day The Earth
Robbie pulls together a tidy little set of connections that seem to make a substantial contribution to American UFO lore. They are as follows.
Edmund H. North
-Edmund H. North, the writer of the script for The Day The Earth Stood Still, was a Major in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
-He had been responsible for creating training films and also patriotic war-time films such as Sink The Bismark!
. He won an Oscar for writing
the screenplay for Patton
-Even more remarkable, Darryl Zanuck, the producer of The Day The Earth Stood Still, was also in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and was in charge of a
unit that made documentary films.
-Zanuck had been a board member of the National Committee for Free Europe (NCFE),which had been established by the CIA in 1949.
This bit from Grahams paper bears quoting here...
In 1951, when The Day the Earth Stood Still was being written,produced and released the President of the NCFE was General Charles Douglas (C.D.)
Jackson, who served as Deputy Chief of the Psychological Warfare Division of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.
Jackson referred to Darryl Zanuck as being among a group of Hollywood “friends” including Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Warner and Walt Disney on whom
the government could rely “to insert in their scripts and in their action the right ideas with the proper subtlety.”
Another piece that Graham adds is that Linda Moulton Howe had reported that in 1983 she was told by USAF intelligence officers that The Day The
Earth Stood Still
had been created by the CIA as a tool to begin acclimating America and the world to the reality of Aliens visiting us in
I left that for last, ATS, because I knew it would be a stumbling block for some. But Graham managed to keep my attention with the following
They are from letters that Zanuck wrote to North and another producer, and fellow U.S. Army Signal Corps veteran, Julian Blaustein, concerning the
production of The Day The Earth Stood Still
In the memo, dated August 10, 1950, Zanuck stresses that that every effort should be made to “compel the audience to completely accept
[emphasis in original] this story as something that could possibly happen in the not too distant future.”
Zanuck placed particular emphasis on the now iconic scene in which the alien Klaatu lands his flying saucer in Washington, D.C. before emerging to
address the public. Zanuck advised Blaustein and North to “treat it as realistically as you possibly can", even suggesting that the scene play out
“You should suddenly hear radio programs being interrupted with startling flash announcements from Washington, New York, Los Angeles, etc. The whole
nation is ‘listening in.’ This should be dramatized like the opening of a documentary film.
”The audience must “‘accept’ our entire project,” said Zanuck
Although I think that Graham's emphasis on the CIA is a little heavy, the fact that all three of the main guys responsible for the movie had been
Signal Corp veterans, and had been military film makers, was new to me and kinda blew my mind a little.
I think that it is possible that the three vets just enjoyed working together, and they were excited to bring what they learned in the service to bear
on making the most realistic science fiction film ever seen at the time.
But I tend to oscillate on the matter a little. There have been many films that people have been able to make military and government connections to,
and Graham tells a pretty good story.
What do you think, ATS?
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