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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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Complete credited cast:
Cosmic Man
Dr. Karl Sorenson
Angela Greene ...
Kathy Grant
Col. Matthews
Ken Grant
Lyn Osborn ...
Sgt. Gray
Walter Maslow ...
Dr. 'Rich' Richie
Herbert Lytton ...
Gen. Knowland
Ken Clayton ...
Master Sergeant
Harry Fleer ...
Bill, the Park Ranger
John Erman ...
Radar Operator
Dwight Brooks ...
Hal Torey ...
Dr. Steinholtz


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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Release Date:

17 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Monstro da Era Atômica  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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

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A Legacy of love and peace
17 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the idea for the story is completely ripped off from The Day The Earth Stood Still and the production values are practically opaque in this film, The Cosmic Man has a nice story to tell with a good cast of sincere competent players. Seeing John Carradine heading the cast I know the man was not to discriminate in those science fiction films he starred in I was expecting the worst. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

Instead of Washington, DC for a landing, a small spherical spaceship travels and lands in a mountainous of the USA. It is plain that a man not like any we know has emerged and is in the area. Played by John Carradine The Cosmic Man is human like in general appearance, but he's not threatened by any of our more conventional like weapons. He takes refuge in a resort lodge owned by Angela Greene and he bonds with her son Scotty Morrow who is crippled and terminal.

The debate between scientist Bruce Bennett and military man Paul Langton as to what to do with this alien invader takes up a lot of the film. If you remember in The Thing the same debate takes place between Air Force Colonel Kenneth Tobey and scientist Robert Cornthwaite. Here we have a different winner.

I can't go further about the plot, but The Cosmic Man is a sincere plea for peace not just on earth. In the end Carradine The Cosmic Man leaves a legacy of love that there is no mistake about.

This is not The Day The Earth Stood Still, but this particular science fiction film from The Fifties while not great is unjustly neglected.

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