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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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 »
Brian 'Gadge' Robertson:Gee, Tobor, you're wonderful!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rate It X (1986)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An "Iron Giant" for the 1950s, 26 August 1999
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

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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