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Cyril Hume (screenplay)
Edmund Cooper (story)
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Release Date:
October 1957 (USA) See more »
The science-monster who would destroy the world! See more »
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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  (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 Dudley Searles ... Prof. Foster
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)
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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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Additional Details

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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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 »
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 »
[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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
" Hey Dad, What's a computer? Do you think they'll ever become necessary ? ", 22 May 2010
Author: thinker1691 from USA

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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