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The Man from Planet X (1951)

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


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 <>

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The WEIRDEST Visitor the Earth has ever seen! See more »


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Release Date:

27 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man from Planet X  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


The background of the Scottish village is obviously painted on a flat canvas. See more »


[last lines]
Enid Elliot: You know, I think that creature was friendly. I wonder what would have happened if... if Dr. Mears hadn't frightened him.
John Lawrence: Who knows? Perhaps the greatest curse ever to befall the world, or perhaps the greatest blessing.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Curse (2013) See more »

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Classic among Big-Headed Monsters
13 April 2000 | by (US) – See all my reviews

One of the five sci-fi's I remember every single detail of from my earliest days as a fan. For the genre, I think it's considerably above average. The moor is nicely atmospheric. There's one of every character in the book: the good guy, the bad guy, the local sheriff, the lovely damsel, her father the old professor, etc. The scene where we're looking for the first time through the window of the ship and the visitor peeks out from the other side is easily as good as the three-fingered-hand-on-the-shoulder in War of the Worlds. Nice "character" to the visitor, for whom, like Karloff's Frankenstein, we end up feeling some empathy .

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