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The Cosmic Monster (1958)

The Strange World of Planet X (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror | 31 December 1958 (USA)
A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.

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Complete credited cast:
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Gil Graham
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Michele Dupont
Martin Benson ...
Smith
Alec Mango ...
Dr. Laird
Wyndham Goldie ...
Brigadier Cartwright (as Wyndam Goldie)
Hugh Latimer ...
Jimmy Murray
Dandy Nichols ...
Mrs. Tucker (as Dandy Nicholls)
Richard Warner ...
Insp. Burns
Patricia Sinclair ...
Helen Forsyth
Geoffrey Chater ...
Gerard Wilson
Hilda Fenemore ...
Mrs. Hale (as Hilda Fennemore)
Susan Redway ...
Jane Hale
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Storyline

At a small, rural British lab, monomaniac Dr. Laird and his staff create ultra-intense magnetic fields. Inexplicably, the apparatus seems to be affecting distant objects, and to be drawing "extra power" from...somewhere. One night, after a "freak" storm, strange and deadly things start happening in Bryerly Woods, and a strange man from "a long way off" appears in the district...concerned about Laird's pulling down disaster from the skies. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Shock by incredible shock this ravaging death overruns the earth...menacing mankind with overwhelming chaos! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

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Cosmic Monsters  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Co-star Gaby André was French and spoke English with a pronounced French accent. All of her dialogue was dubbed over by an actress with a British accent. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Laird installs a fence of corrugated iron around his home as a shield against the magnetic forces he is producing, but the exterior shot of the house in the final scene shows no fence. See more »

Quotes

Brig. General Cartwright: There's no one else available to operate this computer of yours.
Dr. Laird: But a... woman? This is preposterous. This is highly skilled work!
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Connections

Remake of The Strange World of Planet X (1956) See more »

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Illustrated radio
25 June 2011 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I once read an interesting theory from a famous British actor as to why so many American movies were so much successful with audiences than British movies. He claimed that many British movies were scripted as "illustrated radio" - with scripts that might play on radio, but wouldn't be appealing if filmed. This movie is strong evidence to that theory. The first two-thirds of the movie are extremely dull, with characters talking endlessly and there being virtually no action. The last third of the movie is slightly better than what happened beforehand, with some action and some special effects. But the fact that the giant bug effects are so obvious and so cheap (you almost never see a human in the same shot as one of the giant insects), it's not even good for some unintended laughs. You feel embarrassed for the filmmakers instead. If you want to see a giant bug movie, watch an American effort instead.


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