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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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Airs Sun. Nov. 19, 10:00 PM on TCM

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Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy ...
Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood ...
Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley ...
Prof. Baine
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Prof. Zeller
Jefferson Searles ...
Prof. Foster (as Jefferson Dudley Searles)
Alfred Linder ...
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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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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

Featured in Logopolis 12 & 13 (2017) See more »

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The absurd zone... where disinterest reigns supreme.
27 July 2013 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

At every turn the extraordinary is dismissed with casual abandon. I think a formula was used to determine the dialog in this film, especially where interaction between the boy and his parents are concerned. What would a normal person be to expected to say in a given situation, use an opposite response. I focus on dialog because dialog is what I have the most trouble with in this film. The few times I have seen this I have wondered at what seems to be totally disconnected reactions to strikingly bizarre situations, and I have come to the conclusion that it was done on purpose. I have no insight into the minds of writers or directors, but considering the weak story, something needed to be done to make a potentially really boring plot engender at least a little interest. Even at the risk of making a silly movie. Another possibility is that everyone came to work loaded every day. I don't know how to rate it. I will need a time machine to go into the past and become invisible so that I can sit in on the planning of this one.


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