The Cosmic Man (1959)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  17 February 1959 (USA)
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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
Alan Wells ...
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 <>

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17 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Monstro da Era Atômica  »

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Did You Know?


This was the final film work for editor Richard C. Currier, ending a career that included over 300 shorts and features going back to the silent era. His associate on this film, veteran editor Helene Turner, also retired after completing this film. 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 »

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Cosmic Carradine and his golf ball from outer space
27 April 2013 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"The Cosmic Man" is a charming attempt to make a $5.00 version of "The Day the Earth Stood Still". It's an extremely low-budgeted Sci-Fi movie from the late fifties, so this generally means there are stern scientists talking a lot of pseudo-philosophical gibberish and asking themselves way too many rhetorical questions, villainous looking military men fantasizing about weapons of mass destruction and mysterious alien forces with minds that are immeasurably superior to ours. When a spherical UFO – a gigantic golf ball actually – is discovered in a small Californian canyon community, the army wants to nuke it and a local scientist wants to study it. Meanwhile, the alien passenger sneaks out of his interstellar golf ball and begins exploring the earthly habits, rites and inhabitants. This is where our cute and cheap little B-movie rips off "The Day the Earth Stood Still", in fact, as the alien witnesses the imbecility and self-destructive nature of the human race. How come aliens get such a kick out of observing how stupid we are? Like in a few hundred of the films he starred in, John Carradine receives top-billing even though he appears all together perhaps for a whole five minutes. "The Cosmic Man" is often rather dull and doesn't contain any real action, but it certainly has good intentions and an earnest supportive cast.

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