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Wyott Ordung (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 June 1953 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Phil Tucker 
Writing credits
Wyott Ordung (original screenplay)

Produced by
Phil Tucker .... producer
Alan Winston .... associate producer
Al Zimbalist .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Merrill G. White  (as Merrill White)
Makeup Department
Stanley E. Campbell .... makeup artist (as Stan Campbell)
Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Barnes .... assistant director (as Robert Barnes)
Art Department
John Orlando .... property master
Sound Department
Ben Coleman .... stereo technician
Lyle Willey .... sound director (as Lyle E. Willey)
Special Effects by
David Commons .... special photographic effects
Jack Rabin .... special photographic effects
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... dinosaur sequences (archive footage) (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Henry West .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Bruce Schoengarth .... associate editor
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... music director
Other crew
Irving Lerner .... production associate
Herbert G. Luft .... assistant to producer (as Herbert Luft)
Ted Schilz .... script supervisor (as Teddy Schilz)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Monsters from the Moon" - USA (TV title)
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66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Close examination of the Ro-Man's helmet reveal it to be very similar to the helmets worn by the moon-men on the lunar surface in Republic Pictures' serial Radar Men from the Moon (1952).See more »
Continuity: Ro-man goes to tie Alice up, but decides it will take too long, so he knocks her unconscious. He answers his message, and then turns around to see a fully conscious Alice tied up.See more »
[Roy walks up to the group and collapses]
The Professor:He's dead, and there's nothing we can do.
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80 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece!, 25 January 2005
Author: muertos from United States

Robot Monster is the Citizen Kane of abysmal 1950s science fiction. It has everything modern viewers have come to expect from movies of this genre: a laughable plot line, completely improbable situations, ludicrous acting, unbelievably awful special effects, cheapjack production values, gaffes galore, and examples of how to fail miserably at every major aspect of motion picture production. For good measure it also sports easily the most ridiculous "monster" in the history of film! The plot is so thin that it can't even be stretched comfortably over the film's 66-minute running time without generous padding. A family, headed by the requisite German-accented scientist and including a "hot" chick, a "manly" guy, and two cutesy-poo kids wander through the desert after Earth has been annihilated by a guy in a gorilla suit wearing a plastic diving helmet. That's basically it, except for some nonsensical pap about an immunity serum. When the guy in the monkey suit is far and away the best actor in the picture, you've got a MAJOR problem--but compared to John Mylong as "The Professor," Ro-Man is Laurence Olivier. You could drive a semi through the plot holes. The dialogue clangers pile up like horseshoes on George H.W. Bush's lawn. You feel embarrassed for director Phil Tucker, and almost ashamed to laugh at this movie when you learn that the bad reviews of the film drove him to attempt suicide. The experience of watching this film, even with its abnormally short running time, is so excruciating that it feels like you've wasted five hours of your life. It's so bad that after a while you begin to marvel at its very badness, and ultimately you come away awe-stricken.

I call it a masterpiece because under normal circumstances only a talented and determined genius could make a film that sinks as low and violates so many rules of film-making, storytelling and suspension of disbelief as this one does. It takes real talent to make Ed Wood look like Stanley Kubrick, but Phil Tucker pulled it off. For that alone he deserves a place in film history.

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