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Writers:
Cyril Hume (screenplay)
Edmund Cooper (story)
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Release Date:
October 1957 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The science-monster who would destroy the world! See more »
Plot:
A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Richard Eyer ... Timmie Merrinoe
Philip Abbott ... Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Diane Brewster ... Mary Merrinoe

Harold J. Stone ... Gen. Swayne
Robert H. Harris ... Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy ... Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood ... Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley ... Prof. Baine

Robby the Robot ... Robby
Gage Clarke ... Dr. Bannerman
Than Wyenn ... Prof. Zeller
Jefferson Searles ... Prof. Foster (as Jefferson Dudley Searles)
Alfred Linder ... Martin / Computer

Ralph Votrian ... 1st Gate Sergeant
Michael Miller ... 2nd Gate Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rayford Barnes ... Capt. McLaren (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb ... Miss Vandergrift (uncredited)
Marvin Miller ... Robby the Robot (voice) (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Scientist #4 (pranks scene) (uncredited)

Gary Vinson ... Young soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Herman Hoffman 
 
Writing credits
Cyril Hume (screenplay)

Edmund Cooper (story)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Wellman  (as Harold Wellman)
 
Film Editing by
John Faure  (as John D. Faure)
 
Art Direction by
Merrill Pye 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
 
Production Management
Gus Schroeder .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Chervin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... recording supervisor
Cathey Burrow .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects
Louis DeWitt .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Casting Department
Lynn Stalmaster .... casting supervisor
 
Music Department
Les Baxter .... conductor
Albert Harris .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:U (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #18712) | USA:G (re-rating) (1973)

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Trivia:
Robby the Robot's appearance in the film was partly because it was so expensive to build him for Forbidden Planet (1956) that MGM felt obliged to use him in another project.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)See more »

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Uneven Mess, 18 April 2015
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Invisible Boy (1957)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

After beating his scientist father at a game a chess, ten-year-old Timmy (Richard Eyer) gets to rebuild Robby the Robot and soon the two of them are going up against an evil computer that has plans on controlling the world.

Obviously the main goal of THE INVISIBLE BOY was to get Robby the Robot back into a picture after he was a huge success in FORBIDDEN PLANET but sadly the end result is pretty much a disaster from the word go. There's no doubt that the decade offered much worse sci-fi movies but you have to say that this here can go down as one of the most dispapointing and especially when you consider that a major company was behind it. There are countless things wrong with this picture including the screenplay, the performances and the overall tone of the thing leads to some pretty bad and rather embarrassing scenes.

I think the biggest problem is the screenplay. I'm going to say that the "plan" by the computer is a pretty good one and when you think about it, the plans at least makes sense. The problem is that the screenplay is so uneven that it's hard to take anything going on very serious. I say this because the overall tone of the movie is that as a children's film and this here leads to some "comedy" moments that are just downright bad at times. Even worse is that we're treated to some really bad scenes that I think are meant for humor but they just come across embarrassing. One such scene is when mommy and daddy are about to mess around and the boy, who has been hiding in the room, starts giggling. What follows is just weird to say the least. The "serious" nature of the film never really comes into play so the rather good idea about the computer taking over the world is just wasted.

The performances really aren't anything to brag about either and that includes Eyer as the young boy. He's certainly not horrible but at the same time he really doesn't keep you entertained. Phillip Abbott is pretty bland as the father but it's Diane Brewster who comes off the worse but I'm going to guess her poorly written character has something to do with this. Even the special effects in the film are pretty bland and especially those dealing with the boy turning invisible. As far as Robby the Robot goes, he's entertaining but basically just gets lost in the background of this rather bad film.

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