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Tobor the Great (1954)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  1 September 1954 (USA)
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A young boy-genius befriends his grandfather's robot, designed as a test pilot for space travel and coveted by foreign spies.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Drake ...
Dr. Ralph Harrison
Karin Booth ...
Janice Roberts
Billy Chapin ...
Brian 'Gadge' Roberts
Taylor Holmes ...
Prof. Arnold Nordstrom
Steven Geray ...
The Foreign Spy-Chief
Henry Kulky ...
Paul - Spy-Henchman
Franz Roehn ...
Karl
Hal Baylor ...
Max - Spy-Henchman
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As projected here, a thinly-disguised NASA, working with nuclear rockets, is ready for manned flights in the mid-fifties...but Dr. Ralph Harrison doesn't think so, and resigns in protest. Colleague Prof. Nordstrom promptly enlists his aid in developing an alternative robot Spaceman! Naturally, foreign spies are keenly interested... Uses documentary footage of early space research. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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robot | boy | rocket | shirt | test pilot | See more »

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Man-Made monster with every human emotion

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Sci-Fi

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1 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Goofs

Early in the movie, a model of the earth, rotating on its axis in space, is seen moving from east to west - the wrong way. See more »

Quotes

Brian 'Gadge' Robertson: Gee, Tobor, you're wonderful!
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Earthquake (2002) See more »

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An "Iron Giant" for the 1950s
26 August 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

True, its budget is small, its special-effects minimal, its appeal somewhat juvenile, but there's a directness and innocence about this boy-and-robot adventure which -- when seen from a modern-day perspective -- is quite appealing. I agree, however, with the author of "Keep Watching the Skies" that the ending is a curious and rather unsettling miscalculation.


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