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The Invisible Boy (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | October 1957 (USA)
A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.

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Timmie Merrinoe
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Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Diane Brewster ...
Mary Merrinoe
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Gen. Swayne
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Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy ...
Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood ...
Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley ...
Prof. Baine
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Dr. Bannerman
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Prof. Zeller
Jefferson Searles ...
Prof. Foster (as Jefferson Dudley Searles)
Alfred Linder ...
Martin / Computer
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1st Gate Sergeant
Michael Miller ...
2nd Gate Sergeant
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Storyline

Timmie is a typical ten-year-old boy: he loves fun and mischief and hates to study. When his scientist father, in an attempt to improve Timmie's mind, plops him in front of the Super Computer, the boy learns more than how to beat his dad at chess. With designs on world domination, the computer has Timmie reactivate Robbie the Robot and directs the metal hulk to do his bidding. But while Robbie is an efficient minion, can he be made to harm the boy who gave him life? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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See Timmie and his friend Robby the Robot combat the Super Computer See more »


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October 1957 (USA)  »

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S.O.S. Spaceship  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

MGM released this movie, which features a sequence set aboard an Earth-orbiting satellite, in October of 1957, the very same month in which the USSR inaugurated the Space Age by launching Sputnik. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Dr. Bannerman pronounces Colonel Macklin dead, tape marks denoting the actors' positions are clearly visible on the floor as the camera pulls out and the cast members obligingly stand up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Tom Merrinoe: General Swayne! Certainly didn't expect to see you in person.
Gen. Swayne: Thought I'd be my own messenger boy this time.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over an entry gate to someone's lovely, expensive home, and towards the end of it, we hear and see a motorcade enter the property. See more »

Connections

References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Grown-ups just don't understand
8 August 2002 | by (Universal City, TX) – See all my reviews

This little picture has its moments of pulp poetry. There are not one, but two intelligent machines. One is a supercomputer that's been biding its time for decades, waiting for an opportunity that arrives one day in the form of a lonely little boy. He is invisible in the sense that the grown-ups pay no attention to him, condescend to him, or talk over his head--they just don't understand! When he becomes literally invisible later, it's just a way of literalizing what the movie has already been saying.

Anyway, the computer hypnotizes the boy and gives him instructions about putting together a robot that's lying disassembled in a workroom. It's all part of the evil plan to use boy and robot in a plot to take over the world via satellite.

The best moment comes when the insidious computer, invented by the boy's father, flashes all his lights and promises that they can explore the universe together. "Dad--" the boy starts to complain. "Just be quiet, son," says Dad, "and look at all the pretty lights." Man spellbound by his own invention, even unto his own destruction, and taking his future generations with him . . . .


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