a.k.a. THE STRANGER (original TV-movie title; failed TV pilot)
Ad: "The planet he uncovered was a twin to Earth...
Plot: An astronaut crashes on Earth-twin planet Terra, where the shadowy Perfect Order controls everything, so he tries to escape.
Exec: Andrew J. Fenady (TV's Mayday at 40,000 Feet)
Neil Stryker / Glenn Corbett (Chisum; Shenandoah; Homicidal)
Trivia: CAMERON MITCHELL (1918-1994) started on the stage prior to serving in World War II. He had dreams of signing a baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers, but opted to sign with MGM when offered in 1945. His films include: 1951-Death of a Salesman; Flight to Mars; 1952-How to Marry a Millionaire (with Marilyn Monroe); 1953-The Robe; 1954-Gorilla at Large (with Anne Bancroft); 1956-Carousel; 1957-Monkey on My Back; 1978-The Swarm; 1981-Frankenstein Island; 1982-My Favorite Year (with Peter O'Toole); and 1988's 820-SPACE MUTINY. He did many films in Europe in the 1960's, before starring in TV's The High Chapparal.
Born in Minneapolis in 1908, actor LEW AYRES had the lead in his third film, the magnificent 1930 anti-war movie All Quiet on the Western Front (which received the Best Picture Oscar), and became one of the most popular leading men of the 1930's, doing the Dr. Kildare series of nine movies. Ayres was married to actress/dancer Ginger Rogers from 1934-1936. At the outbreak of World War II, he was one of the most famous (and few) people to declare himself a conscientious objector and refused to bear weapons in military service, thus making him very unpopular among the press and movie fans. He did serve as a medic's and chaplain's aide, achieving the rank of sergeant with three battle stars. More because of his age than his war stance, Ayres discovered that leading man roles were scarce for him upon his return to Hollywood, although he was an Oscar nominee for the 1948's Johnny Belinda. In addition to the many character roles in various TV series, he did make a movie later in life...the Battle for the Planet of the Apes. World peace continued to be his consuming passion until his death in 1996. Some of his other notable films are: 1929-The Kiss (with Greta Garbo); 1938-Holiday (as Katharine Hepburn's drunk brother); and 1962-Advise and Consent. You can also see him in Episode #163 of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which he played Murray Slaughter's father who went out on a date with Mary!
Last Updated: 6/21/1999
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