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The Cosmic Monster (1958)
"The Strange World of Planet X" (original title)

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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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Gil Graham
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Michele Dupont
Martin Benson ...
Smith
Wyndham Goldie ...
Brigadier Cartwright (as Wyndam Goldie)
Alec Mango ...
Dr. Laird
Hugh Latimer ...
Jimmy Murray
Geoffrey Chater ...
Gerard Wilson
Patricia Sinclair ...
Helen Forsyth
Dandy Nichols ...
Mrs. Tucker (as Dandy Nicholls)
Richard Warner ...
Insp. Burns
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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Man and alien unite to combat the most insidious peril the universe has ever known! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

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31 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cosmic Monsters  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 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 »

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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Compelling 1950s SF film
25 May 2005 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie recently on VHS. I was surprised at how compelling this film was. It took a while for the monsters to show but that's because great character development and a good plot outline was being established first. But when the monsters to show, there are some shocking scenes for even today.

The effects were very good as well as the acting, especially Forrest Tucker. They even managed to fit in a believable love triangle between the main characters. The logic of the plot pans out very well and was impressive. The movie flowed smoothly and the script well written. Overall it was a great 50s SF film.


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