What I learned about life in the 50’s from watching The Day The Earth Stood Still:
Women scream and fall down when confronted with danger
In an emergency, army men ignore women entirely and let them get away.
If a spaceship lands in Washington DC, it’s okay to leave it guarded by two men and some police tape
Scientists necessarily have frizzy hair.
When you ask a US general to summon representatives from every country, the only one they’ll contact is Russia, whom they know will say “no” anyway.
Saying “klaatu barata nikto” can help in a lot of situations, not just when retrieving the book of the dead.
Even aliens believe in God. Lady: “He has the power of life and death” Klaatu: “No, that power is reserved for the almighty spirit”.
Kids say “golly” an awful lot.
The cold war was pretty serious stuff.
Aliens are well-mannered white men.
“The decision rests with you”