Full review: filmblitz.org/day-the-earth-caught-fire-1961/
Guest used to be London correspondent for the Hollywood Reporter, so knows his way around the trade. The screenplay, written by Guest with Wolf Mankowitz, well deserved the BAFTA it shared with A Taste of Honey. Its dialogue fairly crackles, particularly putting over the fast and frantic nature of life in a newspaper office, when a story breaks late and hard. It’s also a look into a bygone era of carbon paper and manual typewriters, when journalistic research involved more than Googling shit.
And, perhaps, one when reporters were more interested in telling the news, rather than spinning it to fit a predetermined agenda. For here, Peter and his colleagues have to break through a tough wall of official secrecy and denial regarding the situation, despite increasingly ominous and alarming events, such as an unscheduled solar eclipse. When they reach the unpalatable truth of impending disaster, should they publish and risk causing panic? Of course they should!