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The Man from Planet X (1951)

Approved | | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1951 (USA)
As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Lawrence
Margaret Field ...
Enid Elliot
Raymond Bond ...
Prof. Elliot
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Dr. Mears
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Tommy - the Constable
David Ormont ...
Inspector Porter
Gilbert Fallman ...
Dr. Robert Blane
Tom Daly ...
Donal - a searcher
June Jeffery ...
Wife of Missing Man
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Storyline

To study a rogue planet heading for a near-miss with Earth, Prof. Elliot sets up an observatory on the foggy moors of a remote Scottish island, with his pretty daughter and Dr. Mears, a former student with a shady past. Soon after arrival of reporter John Lawrence, a ship from Planet X just happens to land near the observatory. Is the visitor (who actually looks alien) benevolent? What are Mears' real motives for trying to communicate with it? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Deadliest Enemy the World has ever Known! See more »


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Release Date:

27 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem do Planeta X  »

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Budget:

$41,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to producer Jack Pollexfen, director Edgar G. Ulmer did rewrites, designed the moon and spaceship and glass paintings to expedite the production and cut down on expenses. See more »

Goofs

As John and Enid first arrive at the front door of the Broch, the boom mic shadow shows up on the stones right above the front door as they walk towards it. See more »

Quotes

John Lawrence: [Looking at space ship] You know what that looks like to me - a big diving bell1
Professor Elliot: Well, the only difference between water and space is the amount of density.
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Connections

Referenced in Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977) See more »

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Why it is worth seeing
8 August 1999 | by (Los Angeles, ca) – See all my reviews

Just saw this at the Edgar G. Ulmer retrospective at the American Cinematheque. I wasn't expecting much, but found it entertaining, well-paced and beautifully photographed. Robert Clarke discussed this 6-day, $41,000 curio after the screening. Seems this was the first film EVER to deal with aliens making contact with the Earth. It broke the house record at Oakland's Fox Theatre. If you can allow for the cheap sets, this one is worth a look. Ulmer's camera work, including numerous tracking shots, are superbly done. Also, the whole film was shot on the set for Ingrid Bergman's "Joan of Arc."


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