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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

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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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Budget:

$41,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to producer Jack Pollexfen, the original budget was set at $38,000 and it was ultimately brought in by director Edgar G. Ulmer at $41,000. See more »

Goofs

Enid's description of the spaceship as "...a glass ball with three metal bands around it..." is nothing like the spaceship miniature or full-size mock-up. See more »

Quotes

Tommy the Constable: What ails ya man? Ya act like you've seen a ghost or something.
Donal, a searcher: A ghost? No - something of flesh and blood, yet of neither. A horrible monstrous creature with a head as big as two men put together... a skin with the shine of a new shilling... and eyes that are no better than a dead codfish!
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Referenced in Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977) See more »

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A Murky But Predictable Space Invader Movie
7 August 2002 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

The Man from Planet X, as an early 50's space invader movie, isn't among the best of that type and scarcely lives up to the hype it got at the time. It has most of the familiar elements common to sci-fi invader movies of the day: a strange ship landing from another planet (reminds you of a diving bell); a hostile alien (reminds you of a diver); a kindly old scientist; a devious assistant bent on personal gain; an attractive young lady; a handsome reporter; a headstrong police inspector; the usual enslaved villagers and the troops called in near the end to confront the ship. The atmosphere on the foggy Scottish moors masks the poor set quality. The alien communicates through musical sounds, an idea that was used much later in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Overall, the movie is murky, uneventful and predictable. Despite its mediocrity, it is important from a historical perspective, as it was among the initial entries to the sci-fi wave to follow.


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