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Writers:
Philip MacDonald (screenplay)
Carl Dudley (story)
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Release Date:
1 September 1954 (USA) See more »
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Man-Made monster with every human emotion
Plot:
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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Cast

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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
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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 »
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Brian 'Gadge' Robertson:Gee, Tobor, you're wonderful!See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Tobor vs. Robby, 30 July 2010
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Baby boomers of a certain age may recall being entertained, back in 1965, by the latest Japanimation product at that time, a TV program called "Tobor the 8th Man," which had its origins in a manga comic in 1963. But almost a full decade before the 8th Man's initial appearance, another Tobor was thrilling baby boomers in America's movie palaces, via 1954's "Tobor the Great." In this surprisingly likable film, the elderly Prof. Nordstrom builds a mechanical simulacrum, operated telepathically; a robot designed to take the place of a human being in the first, ultrahazardous rocket voyage into space. The professor and his 11-year-old grandson, Gadge, soon become the targets of foreign spies, however, so it's a good thing that Tobor is prepared to meet ALL emergency situations! Anyway, "Tobor" is a perfect film for adults to watch with their kiddies. The film has been well directed by Lee Sholem (the man responsible for 1951's "Superman and the Mole-Men"!) and features some very competent acting (especially by Taylor Holmes as the professor and Charles Drake as his assistant) and a compact (the whole film runs only 77 minutes in length), fairly intelligent script; don't believe the wet blankets at Maltinville who claim these latter two aspects are "terrible." As far as Tobor itself is concerned, comparisons to Robby the Robot, in 1956's "Forbidden Planet," are hard to avoid. Tobor might be a taller and thus more imposing creation, which is not to say cooler looking. And lacking the power of "speech," it doesn't have 1/10 the personality of Robby. Still, it is a wholly endearing construct, and the final shot of the big galoot at the controls of Earth's first space rocket is fairly touching. In all, "Tobor" is good, lighthearted sci-fi fun, and demonstrates that a film doesn't necessarily require the resources of an Industrial Light & Magic complex to fashion a memorable robotic character. Tobor might not be Robby or R2-D2, but it sure is a good dude to have on one's side when the chips are down!

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