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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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Nightmare revisited See more (45 total) »

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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Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
 
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90 min
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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:
Referenced in "Troldspejlet: Episode #1.3" (1989)See more »

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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Nightmare revisited, 15 January 2006
Author: robin-414 from United Kingdom

I feel compelled to add my two pennyworth, as the shade of this movie has been with me for most of my life. One of the most terrifying things I ever saw on TV, and I think I was only four, so this was back in 1959, was a clip from The Invisible Boy. I had no idea what a robot was, and so my introduction to the concept was this most impressive creation, 'Robby'. They must have been very generous with the footage, because I saw the whole kite sequence and the aftermath. I must have been watching through my fingers for most of the time, because when the kid is talking to Robby, he is on the top of a stepladder, and for a long time, I didn't even realise that the robot had a proper body, I thought it was just a great big glass head. Also, I thought that the chap announcing the clip had said Robin the Robot, and, I thought, hey, that's my name, so there was a scary identification thing happening there, too. I only remember that this sequence played on my mind - big giant glass head and a small boy - I was plagued by the notion that Robby the Robot might, one day, come lurching into our house, with his big old twirling pirate-earring antennae.

Flash forward to January 2006. I had never seen a single section of this film since that nightmarish trailer on our little old wooden television set. Now I have it in my grasp, after finding it on DVD. I cut straight to the scene that scared me so much. It's astonishing how clearly it has registered on my memory. I even remember some of the dialogue.

Having now watched this movie all the way through, I can only concur with several of the other reviews, and there is little that I can add. It certainly is a pretty uneven movie, and it looks like several different writers and directors worked on different sequences without ever liaising, although I don't believe this to be the case.

One of the other reviewers referred to this, I think, as a child's nightmare, and that's a very apt description. The film's unevenness of mood adds to its bad-dream quality.

The sequences that contain intentional humour are quite well-devised, but seem to belong to a little film of their own. The cast of competent nobodies deal with their lines pretty well, whether they know what the heck is going on or not.

Robby has quite a lot to do, and, under the evil influence of the super-computer (this is part of the standard published synopsis, so I'm not giving anything away), gets to be menacing, which he's really rather good at, although his credibility wavers at one point, when he actually pops up from behind a bush in the garden. That has to be seen to be believed.

I'm so glad I laid this ghost after 46 years, especially as the film is one of the strangest things I've enjoyed in many a long day.

It's not really a good, or well-crafted film, but it's weird enough to merit my recommendation, especially as it has big, scary old Robby the Robot!

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