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The Cosmic Man (1959)

A spherical UFO proves to contain one alien visitor. How to deal with him? Investigators disagree...

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Cosmic Man
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Dr. Karl Sorenson
Angela Greene ...
Kathy Grant
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Col. Matthews
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Ken Grant
Lyn Osborn ...
Sgt. Gray
Walter Maslow ...
Dr. 'Rich' Richie
Herbert Lytton ...
Gen. Knowland
Ken Clayton ...
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Harry Fleer ...
Bill, the Park Ranger
John Erman ...
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Dwight Brooks ...
Major
Hal Torey ...
Dr. Steinholtz
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The latest UFO, a white globe levitating in a California canyon, is investigated by the Air Force, aided by physicist Karl Sorensen. Just big enough for one "man", the object seems impenetrable, but that night a half-invisible being visits the town, and a strange bundled-up man takes a room at Angela Green's mountain lodge, the investigators' headquarters. Sorensen thinks the Cosmic Man is benevolent, but to the colonel he represents either danger...or military advantage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Completed in February 1958, one year prior to release, and several months following the untimely August death of actor Lyn Osborn. See more »

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Near the end of the opening credits, in the close-up of the Earth, the stars behind it are visible right through the planet. See more »

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References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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Alien sphere and its cosmic man create friction between scientist and military
31 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Cosmic Man" is worth watching and has a definite message. This low-budget b-movie takes liberally from "The Day the Earth Stood Still", but it has a more specific conflict in it that is its entire focus.

An alien spacecraft lands on earth. It's a sphere suspended above the earth, indicating that these aliens have found out what gravity is and have utilized anti-gravity. Eventually we find out that the cosmic man, seen either in deep shadow in black with no visible form or else in normal form with bizarre glasses, is John Carradine. He's come to see what we human beings are up to because we're starting to venture into space. He's one of many cosmonauts who visit planets.

The movie has mostly talk and only occasional action, such as when an attempt is made to move the sphere, or when a sound wave is bounced off the craft. The main focus from beginning to end is a conflict between the scientist (Bruce Bennett) and the military man (Paul Langton). This starts out as friction but as the movie progresses, and when more military men appear, it becomes a serious commentary on how to address aliens. But it's really a commentary on a basic conflict in American society between peaceful and military views. The peaceful clashes with a military taken up with the idea of threats in a near-paranoid fashion. The film comes down strongly on the side of the peaceful approach, especially when John Carradine makes a long speech, which is followed by the military men shooting at the shadows in an attempt to capture this being. Even a sub-plot that revolves around a crippled boy brings out the same theme of a military whose focus is blinding them to a broader set of possibilities and even realities. After all, any civilization with an anti-gravity device can neutralize humanity if it wants to.

I am sure that some will see the script as a product of its times, and it is. Yet it's not at all out of date in 2013, and that's what makes this film interesting today, not to mention that it addresses the issues intelligently, even if the dramatic action is on the subdued side.


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