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Kronos (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | April 1957 (USA)
Aliens from another world send a huge robotic accumulator to invade the Earth and absorb all energy it comes in contact with.

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Dr. Leslie Gaskell
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Vera Hunter
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Dr. Arnold Culver
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Dr. Albert Stern
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Gen. Perry
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Manuel Ramirez (as Jose G. Gonzales)
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Weather Operator (as Donald Eitner)
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Scientists investigate what appears to be a meteorite that crashes into the ocean. After a few days and nights of mysterious lights and noises, a giant machine comes out of the ocean. The machine is the creation of an alien race, that is trying to syphon energy from earth. A true classic, in that it is so different from anything in the time period. To this day, nothing else has come out like it. Written by Anonymous

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PLANET ROBBER TRAMPLES EARTH...STEALING ENERGY FOR OTHER WORLDS! See more »


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April 1957 (USA)  »

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Kronos: Ravager of Planets  »

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$160,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Although he was fourth billed, George O'Hanlon, who played Arnie, was the most familiar face in the cast. For more than a decade, he was the star of the popular long running series of "Joe McDoakes" (aka "Behind the Eight Ball") comedy shorts which ended production the previous year. See more »

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The close shots inside the helicopter, supposedly in flight, has a shadow of the blades which reveal that they are turning very slowly. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hubbell Eliot: We have half of the equation; we can turn matter into energy. But up there, they have the second half; they can turn energy into matter.
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Something's Gotta Give
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Great idea -- but flawed execution (sad to say).
27 December 2001 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

Scientist John Emory (`Rocketship X-M' ) is possessed by an alien intelligence which foces him to provide information for invaders who are en route to Earth in a huge spacecraft. Astronomer Jeff Morrow (`This Island Earth') spots the approaching ship through his telescope, but he thinks it's an asteroid on a collision course with Earth (never mind the fact that the image we see through the telescope is obviously a saucer-shaped object that zigs and zags insanely).

The spacecraft splashes down off the coast of Mexico, and the next morning `Kronos' is standing on the beach -- a giant, rectangular robot with four piston-like legs. Kronos begins it's destructive march across the country, draining power from everything it encounters (including an atom bomb which the Air Force drops on it. Impressive scene). Morris Ankrum makes a welcome appearance as a psychiatrist (insteand of a general, for a change).

The plot has an interesting basic concept, but the script is plagued by scientific inaccuracies and unintentionally funny scenes. Jeff Morrow and fellow scientist George O'Hanlon (the voice of George Jetson) make casual comments about `minor shifts' in the orbit of the approaching asteroid -- even though what they (and the audience) see in their telescope is a wildly zig-zagging spaceship. Morris Ankrum is electrocuted when John Emory throws him against a protective fence that surrounds a high-voltage transformer ( Wait a second -- Ankrum is electrocuted by a PROTECTIVE FENCE?).

Despite the embarassing goof-ups, `Kronos' is loaded with special effects by FX wizards Jack Rabin, Irving Block, and Louis DeWitt, who are also billed as associate producers.


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