Beginning with a documentary style that immediately hooks the viewer, The Day The
Earth Stood Still, based on the Harry Bates short story "Farewell to the Master,"
becomes as much a human interest story as it does a sci-fi B-movie classic. The
film soberly depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie),
who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the
message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves or else. After being
shot at by ignorant, panicky military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington,
D.C., hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh)
to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has
come 250 million miles to warn them about.