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Philip MacDonald (screenplay)
Carl Dudley (story)
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Release Date:
1 September 1954 (USA) See more »
Man-Made monster with every human emotion
A young boy-genius befriends his grandfather's robot, designed as a test pilot for space travel and coveted by foreign spies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Brocco ... Dr. Gustav (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... CIFC Scientist with Pipe (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Government Representative (uncredited)
Norman Field ... Commissioner of CIFC (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Airport Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Maurice Hill ... Young CIFC Scientist (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ... Gilligan - a Reporter (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Johnston - a Reporter (uncredited)

Robert Shayne ... General #1 (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Military Man (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Tobor (uncredited)

Lyle Talbot ... An Admiral (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... First Congressman (uncredited)
Helen Winston ... Miss Baker - CIFC secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Sholem 
Writing credits
Philip MacDonald (screenplay)

Carl Dudley (story)

Produced by
Richard Goldstone .... producer
Carl Dudley .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell 
Film Editing by
Basil Wrangell 
Art Direction by
Gabriel Scognamillo 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
John McCarthy Jr. 
Makeup Department
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Orville Fouse .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as Herb Mendelson)
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Melbourne A. Arnold .... robot builder (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Errors in geography: 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 »
Brian 'Gadge' Robertson:Gee, Tobor, you're wonderful!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rate It X (1986)See more »


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Great example of a 1950's B movie!, 17 March 2006
Author: innocuous from Raleigh, NC, USA

First, let me say that I am very, very sorry if this movie is not up to some reviewers' standards for 50-year-old movies. I don't really think we need to compare this to "Bicentennial Man" (what a hunk of junk and an embarrassment for Robin Williams!) or "The Iron Giant" (an animated film made 45 years later with the aid of computer graphics).

Second, let me say that I'm also sorry that this film may occasionally give the impression that there might be some negative or dangerous aspects to space travel or the space program. Other than three Apollo crew members perishing in a fire on the pad, and the near-tragedy of Apollo 13, and two space shuttle crews...but I digress.

This movie is about a robot and some bad guys. There's a kid, too. The bad guys lose and the kid and robot win. Plus, the robot has a neat name.

The end.

(BTW, this movie has what is by far my favorite "robot driving a jeep" scene of all time. This is not quite as impressive as a mad snowman driving a car, but it's pretty darn close.) Enjoy it!

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