The story be­hind the film

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A sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence from Harry Bates’s story was forced on screen­writer Ed­mund H. North by the Pro­duc­tion Code Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Bates ends with the rev­e­la­tion from the ro­bot (named Gnut rather than Gort) that ‘I am the Mas­ter.’ But when He­len (Pa­tri­cia Neal) asks Klaatu whether Gort has the power of life or death, his re­ply is ‘No, that is a power re­served to the Almighty Spirit.’ The line was a com­pro­mise to get past the cen­sors and sits un­easily with the rest of the film. Klaatu as a Christ al­le­gory was in­ten­tional (he takes the iden­tity of Maj Car­pen­ter) but North had meant it to be sub­lim­i­nal.

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