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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Wow...talk about a tough audience!, 27 November 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I'm sure surprised to see that this film only has an overall IMDb score of 4.7--talk about a tough audience! Sure, by today's standards the film might seem dated or even quaint, but in its day it was a dandy little sci-fi yarn--and is still pretty entertaining today.

The film is about a really cool elderly scientist. His home is an amazing compound complete with traps and high-tech gadgets and he is working on a robot (named 'TOBOR' in his hidden basement lab--a place even Batman would be proud to own). Charles Drake is a younger scientist of like mind who comes to work with him on TOBOR. The idea is to have a robot that can be controlled from Earth and used to safely explore space. Unfortunately, the evil Commies (though they are never explicitly called 'Communists' in the film) want the plans for TOBOR and will do anything to get it--anything.

The film was obviously meant to appeal to children as well, with young Billy Chapin playing the scientist's precocious grandson--a kid who is as smart as many adult scientists. But I never found the kid as annoying or cloying as precocious kids in some movies. Oh, and by the way, Billy is Lauren Chapin's real-life brother. Fans of "Father Knows Best" may remember her as the youngest in the family, 'Kitten'.

Overall, highly entertaining and fun despite some limitations imposed by a lower budget. Yes, the Earth does NOT revolve the wrong direction in space nor is it surrounded by space clouds! And, the stars look fake because they are all the same brightness. But, even with these minor problems, the film is well worth seeing and is among the better sci-fi films of the day. Clever and cool.

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