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The Day the Earth Stood Still Pressbook

Identifier: MS-3759

The collection consists of an original oversized pressbook from the 1951 film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. There are numerous articles within the pressbook that are laid out in newspaper headline format, education ideas, and suggested props and advertising techniques.


  • 1951


The material in this collection is in English.

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Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


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The collection consists of one pressbook for the critically-lauded 1951 science-fiction film classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adapted from the short science fiction story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still portrayed the thrill and threat of aliens, and was by design a metaphor for Cold War politics and culture. The film boasts famous actresses such as the Knoxville native Patricia Neal and actors such as Michael Rennie and Hugh Marlowe.The Day the Earth Stood Still was produced by veteran-producer Julian Blaustein and directed by Robert Wise.

The use of pressbooks for films dates back to the early 1900’s, when filming first began. Pressbooks are used as a promotional material for the film.


This collection consists of a single oversized folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased in 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA