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The Man from Planet X (1951)

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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Storyline

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

Although SAG minimum was $175 per week, Robert Clarke's pay was $175 for the entire film. His final check was $210 with overtime. 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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A Murky But Predictable Space Invader Movie
7 August 2002 | by daytimer59See all my reviews

The Man from Planet X, as an early 50's space invader movie, isn't among the best of that type and scarcely lives up to the hype it got at the time. It has most of the familiar elements common to sci-fi invader movies of the day: a strange ship landing from another planet (reminds you of a diving bell); a hostile alien (reminds you of a diver); a kindly old scientist; a devious assistant bent on personal gain; an attractive young lady; a handsome reporter; a headstrong police inspector; the usual enslaved villagers and the troops called in near the end to confront the ship. The atmosphere on the foggy Scottish moors masks the poor set quality. The alien communicates through musical sounds, an idea that was used much later in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Overall, the movie is murky, uneventful and predictable. Despite its mediocrity, it is important from a historical perspective, as it was among the initial entries to the sci-fi wave to follow.


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