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The Man from Planet X (1951)

Approved | | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi | 27 April 1951 (USA)
As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.

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Edgar G. Ulmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Clarke ... John Lawrence
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Enid Elliot
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Prof. Elliot
William Schallert ... Dr. Mears
Roy Engel ... Tommy - the Constable
David Ormont David Ormont ... Inspector Porter
Gilbert Fallman Gilbert Fallman ... Dr. Robert Blane
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Donal - a searcher
June Jeffery June Jeffery ... Wife of Missing Man
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To study a rogue planet heading for a near-miss with Earth, Prof. Elliot sets up an observatory on the foggy moors of a remote Scottish island, with his pretty daughter and Dr. Mears, a former student with a shady past. Soon after arrival of reporter John Lawrence, a ship from Planet X just happens to land near the observatory. Is the visitor (who actually looks alien) benevolent? What are Mears' real motives for trying to communicate with it? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Deadliest Enemy the World has ever Known! See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem do Planeta X See more »

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Budget:

$41,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Margaret Field and Robert Clarke had recently worked together on A Modern Marriage (1950) and were chosen over 100 other applicants. See more »

Goofs

When the alien's gas regulator begins to malfunction when he first confronts Lawrence and Elliott, he tries to turn the knob on his suit while standing up. But the close-up of him trying to turn the knob is an insert shot of a scene late in the film, when he is lying on the ground and again attempting to turn the knob back on. See more »

Quotes

Donal, a searcher: Man from space? What clapperclaw is this?
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Referenced in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) See more »

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Cult for Fans of the Genre
11 March 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The reporter John Lawrence (Robert Clarke) visits Dr. Robert Blane (Gilbert Fallman) and learns that his friend, Prof. Elliot (Raymond Bond) has discovered a new planet that is in route toward Earth and has moved to an observatory on the Burry Island to observe from a closer location. John heads to the Scottish island and is welcomed by Prof. Elliot's daughter Enid Elliot (Margaret Field), who is now a beautiful young woman. They go to the observatory to meet Prof. Elliot and John finds Dr. Mears (William Schallert), who is his disaffection. When Enid returns home after driving John to an inn in the town, she has a flat tire and finds a spacecraft landed on the island with a weird alien inside that follows her home. While Prof. Elliot and John want to investigate the reason why the alien landed on Earth, Dr. Mears has second thoughts. What are the true intentions of the extraterrestrial being?

"The Man from Planet X" is a campy and lame sci-fi in black and white, but also a cult for fans (like me) of sci-fi from the 50's. The story of a close encounter with an alien is from the same year of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" that is a classic. The open end, where the true intention of the extraterrestrial being is not disclosed, is excellent. My vote is six.

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