September 28 – Day the Earth Stood Still

Robert Wise‘s excellent sci-fi drama filmThe Day the Earth Stood Still starring Michael Rennie is released. Its reputation has steadily grown; Arthur C. Clarke ranked it the #7 sci-fi film ever.

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The filmscore was Bernard Herrmann‘s first after he moved to Hollywood. His highly regarded score for this film is instrumented very unusually(*) for the day, including electric violin, cello and bass, two theremins, test oscillators and vibraphone. Opening w/o dialogue 

He also used avant methods like tape reversal and overdubbing (pioneered in 1947 (*) by ol’ Les Paul on a cover of Richard Rodgers song Lover).