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Forbidden Planet -- A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

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Director:
Writers:
Cyril Hume (screen play)
Irving Block (based on a story by) ...
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Release Date:
15 March 1956 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"Forbidden Knowledge" See more (266 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Pidgeon ... Dr. Morbius

Anne Francis ... Altaira Morbius

Leslie Nielsen ... Commander Adams

Warren Stevens ... Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow

Jack Kelly ... Lt. Farman

Richard Anderson ... Chief Quinn

Earl Holliman ... Cook

Robby the Robot ... Robby the Robot
George Wallace ... Bosun
Robert Dix ... Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ... Crewman Youngerford

James Drury ... Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ... Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ... Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones ... Crewman Nichols
Richard Grant ... Crewman Silvers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Best ... Crewman (uncredited)
William Boyett ... Crewman (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Robby the Robot (uncredited)
Marvin Miller ... Robby the Robot (voice) (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred M. Wilcox  (as Fred McLeod Wilcox)
 
Writing credits
Cyril Hume (screen play)

Irving Block (based on a story by) and
Allen Adler (based on a story by)

William Shakespeare  play "The Tempest" (uncredited)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Irving Block (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Arthur Lonergan 
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes: men's)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
John Greenwald .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
A.D. Flowers .... set dresser: trees (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator and storyboards (uncredited)
Arthur Lonergan .... designer: Morbius house and Krell lab (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special prop designer and builder: ray guns, accessories (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
Kurt Hernfeld .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kendrick Kinney .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Joshua Meador .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects: through courtesy of Walt Disney Productions
Irving G. Ries .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert Kinoshita .... robot builder (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Franklyn Soldo .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Abrams .... animation effects (uncredited)
Joe Alves .... assistant effects illustrator (uncredited)
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Howard Fisher .... matte painter (uncredited)
Henri Hillinck .... matte painter (uncredited)
Bob Trochim .... animator (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costumes: Anne Francis
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Bebe Barron .... composer: electronic tonalities
Louis Barron .... composer: electronic tonalities
 
Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17605) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
In preparing this film for production, MGM borrowed a print of This Island Earth (1955) from Universal-International.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the kissing lesson, Jerry goes from embracing Altaira to holding her by the arms between shots.See more »
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[first Lines]
Narrator:In the final decade of the 21st Century, men and women in rocket ships landed on the moon. By 2200 AD, they had reached the other planets of our solar system. Almost at once there followed the discovery of hyperdrive through which the speed of light was first obtained and later greatly surpassed...
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102 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
"Forbidden Knowledge", 24 August 1999
Author: Chris-180 from St. Louis, MO USA

I first saw this movie when it originally came out. I was about 9 yrs. old and found this movie both highly entertaining and very frightening and unlike any other movie I had seen up until that time.

BASIC PLOT: An expedition is sent out from Earth to the fourth planet of Altair, a great mainsequence star in constellation Aquilae to find out what happened to a colony of settlers which landed twenty years before and had not been heard from since.

THEME: An inferior civilization (namely ours) comes into contact with the remains of a greatly advanced alien civilization, the Krell-200,000 years removed. The "seed" of destruction from one civilization is being passed on to another, unknowingly at first. The theme of this movie is very much Good vs. Evil.

I first saw this movie with my brother when it came out originally. I was just a boy and the tiger scenes really did scare me as did the battle scenes with the unseen Creature-force. I was also amazed at just how real things looked in the movie.

What really captures my attention as an adult though is the truth of the movie "forbidden knowledge" and how relevant this will be when we do (if ever) come into contact with an advanced (alien) civilization far more developed than we ourselves are presently. Advanced technology and responsibility seem go hand in hand. We must do the work for ourselves to acquire the knowledge along with the wisdom of how to use advanced technology. This is, in my opinion, the great moral of the movie.

I learned in graduate school that "knowledge is power" is at best, in fact, not correct! Knowledge is "potential" power depending upon how it is applied (... if it is applied at all.) [It's not what you know, but how you use what you know!]

The overall impact of this movie may well be realized sometime in Mankind's own future. That is knowledge in and of itself is not enough, we must, MUST have the wisdom that knowledge depends on to truly control our own destiny OR we will end up like the Krell in the movie-just winked-out.

Many thanks to those who responded to earlier versions of this article with comments and corrections, they are all very much appreciated!! I hope you are as entertained by this story as much as I have been over the past 40+ years ....

Rating: 10 out 10 stars

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