The controversy over BODY SNATCHERS’ supposed subtext began almost immediately. While still powerful, the underlying message of Fox’s DAY THE EARTH wasn’t as lightning-rod dangerous. It’s general message of world peace was something most agreed was good to hear. And from the get-go producer Julian Blaustein, screenwriter Edmund North and studio head Zanuck fully intended it to be loud and clear. Which isn’t to say the film wasn’t a daring high-wire act of it’s own. In an extremely bold move they even intended the film’s blatant Christ-story allegories. Michael Rennie’s intergalactic visitor from above “Mr. Carpenter” (his name a nod to the profession of Jesus) comes to Earth with a message of peace. He’s then executed and resurrected, gives a stirring message of hope then returns to the heavens. This was during the heyday of the Legion of Decency - a film review office offshoot of the U.S. Catholic church, who’s boycotts and “C” (“Condemned”) rating of a film could greatly cripple it’s distribution and profitability. Established in 1933, studios took a “C” rating seriously, very often instituting Legion approved cuts and censuring. Somehow DAY THE EARTH managed to avoid the Legion’s scepter. BODY SNATCHERS however managed to pop up on EVERYone’s radar … on both the left and right political sides of the spectrum. According to most records however BODY SNATCHERS politically volatile message (the dangers of the loss of self to mass conformity either to the extreme political right or left) is wholly Unintended. In his autobiography I THOUGHT WE WERE MAKING MOVIES, NOT HISTORY, producer Mirisch says he remembered “… reading a magazine article arguing that the picture was intended as an allegory about the communist infiltration of America. From personal knowledge, neither Walter Wanger nor Don Siegel, who directed it, nor Dan Mainwaring, who wrote the script nor the original author Jack Finney, nor myself saw it as anything other than a thriller, pure and simple."