27th Day, The (1957)

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This quite extraordinary anti-communist tract masquerades as naive science fiction.

An alien gives five people from five different countries a box of capsules capable of destroying life on their continent if opened.

The capsules become harmless after 27 days or on the owner's death. Suicide or destruction is the choice until the Russian emissary is ordered to annihilate the western world.

A real Cold War curio with an equally bizarre payoff despite pedestrian direction by William Asher, who graduated to making Beach Party movies.

Jonathan Clark
Gene Barry
Eve Wingate
Valerie French
Professor Klaus Bechner
George Voskovec
The Alien
Arnold Moss
Leader
Stefan Schnabel
Mr Ingram
Ralph Clanton
Dr Karl Neuhaus
Friedrich Ledebur
Admiral
Paul Birch

Director
William Asher