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The Invisible Boy (1957)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  October 1957 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Richard Eyer ...
Timmie Merrinoe
Philip Abbott ...
Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Diane Brewster ...
Mary Merrinoe
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Gen. Swayne
Robert H. Harris ...
Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy ...
Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood ...
Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley ...
Prof. Baine
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Gage Clarke ...
Dr. Bannerman
Than Wyenn ...
Prof. Zeller
Jefferson Dudley Searles ...
Prof. Foster
Alfred Linder ...
Martin / Computer
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1st Gate Sergeant
Michael Miller ...
2nd Gate Sergeant
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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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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 »

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[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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" Hey Dad, What's a computer? Do you think they'll ever become necessary ? "
22 May 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In 1956 Cyril Hume, wrote a fabulous Science Fiction story called 'Forbidden Planet. It featured a marvelous machine called Robby The Robot' (Marvin Miller). It was an instant Hollywood hit. Indeed, when another interesting Hume script arrived the follow year, producers saw an immediate opportunity to recuperate their original investment by using their fantastic Robot once again. In this story, the military (Harold J. Stone) minds at the pentagon have come to the special labs to re-check their mathematical finding for their special rocket program. In this, they need the help of Dr.Tom Merrinoe (Philip Abbott) and his super mechanical brain. Unknown to the military, that super-brain has developed its own plans to dominate the world. Enter Dr.Merrinoe's mischievous son Timmy. (Richard Eyer). With his friend Robby, they hope to try and stop the great machine from carrying out it's plans. This is a good movie and ever so child-like in it's innocence. Over-looking it's mono-tone scenes, primitive script, cardboard actors and Black and White background, it nevertheless easily qualifies and maintains it celebrity status over fifty years and marks it's special place as a Sci/Fi Classic. Recommended to anyone interested in watching a timeless movie. ****


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