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
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According to producer Jack Pollexfen, producer Edgar G. Ulmer did rewrites, designed the moon and spaceship and glass paintings to expedite the production and cut down on expenses. See more »
When the alien's gas regulator begins to malfunction when he first confronts Lawrence and Elliott, he tries to turn the knob on his suit while standing up. But the close-up of him trying to turn the knob is an insert shot of a scene late in the film, when he is lying on the ground and again attempting to turn the knob back on. See more »
[Looking at space ship]
You know what that looks like to me - a big diving bell1
Well, the only difference between water and space is the amount of density.
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Edgar Ulmer was an absolute master of turning sow's ears into ,if not silk purses,at least something sturdily functional.Consider his masterpiece "Detour"--a cast not overburdened with either charisma or even basic competence,sparse sets and a perfunctory running time,The result? a brilliant,and disorienting movie,"The Man From Planet X"has a similar zero talent cast,phoney fog shrouded Scottish moorland setting and dialogue that might well ave been devised by a blindfolded monkey with a typewriter from which several keys are missing.Result? an odd and compelling little picture about alien contact that stands up well against other pictures from its era.
A rogue planet is about to crash into earth and brilliant professor Field,his daughter Enid and power crazes assistant Dr Mears are joined in their remote Scottish observatory by ace American reporter John Lawrence.Enter a somewhat whey faced alien who Mears wishes to exploit for commercial gain.Said alien can turn people into zombiefied creatures to do his bidding
Who will triumph in the end? Watch and find out-its 70 minutes reasonably well spent if you can tolerate cliche ,bad acting and stereotypical characterisation(not to mention some highly dubious Scottish accents)The quality of direction from a Poverty Roe specialist makes it all curiously watchable
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