I am looking for the title of a 1950s science fiction movie, involving an astronomer trying to decode some extraterrestrial signal, where the juvenile (male) character asks 'how about pi?' which all the adults interpret as a foolish 'how about pie?' question.

  • This reminds me of the Fredric Brown story "Pi in the Sky", but that was a novelette and never a movie as far as i know. – Mark Beadles May 7 '12 at 19:44
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    @MarkBeadles - On the same note... I seem to recall a poem in the back of 'The Mathematical Magpie' that ended with the following verse regarding putting computers in Orbit: "It might be more sound, were they here, on the ground.. but People want Pi in the sky." – K-H-W May 7 '12 at 20:50
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    Welcome to Sci-Fi! Downvoters - this user is new - can you please explain the down votes? – Wikis May 9 '12 at 15:22
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  • probably the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/197905/… (which is newer but has an answer confirmed via comment) – Otis Nov 4 '18 at 5:00

Red Planet Mars (1952)



About 22.5 min into the film.

"how about pi?" ...

The film's a pretty deep trip into the early 50's American psyche, shudder.

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