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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

According to producer Jack Pollexfen, director Edgar G. Ulmer did rewrites, designed the moon and spaceship and glass paintings to expedite the production and cut down on expenses. See more »

Goofs

Tammie the Police Constable is not wearing a standard British police uniform of helmet, jacket with police buttons, epaulettes with his official number on them, belt, and truncheon. Instead, he's costumed in a ex-military dress jacket and a flat sailor's hat. As such, he would have no legal powers to initiate a search or investigation, as a constable only has authority when in uniform. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mears: [to the Man from Planet X]
[laughs]
Dr. Mears: To think - a fantastic gnome like you had to hurdle out of space to put this power in my hands. Well, now that we've made contact, I'm gonna tear out every secret you've got!
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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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A Shoestring Budgetter.
18 June 2004 | by Whizzer-2See all my reviews

A shoestring budgetter directed by Edgar Ulmer. One of the first (if not the first) alien invasion films. The little alien, a child-like being with a big, solemn face, is known to Scottish villagers as 'the bogey' and strikes mortal terror into their hearts with his HypnoRay, a laserlike beam which reduces them to easily programmable zomboids. His motives are unclear throughout the film until a hypnoidal Dr. Mears 'spills the beans' near its end. Strong points: eerie atmosphere, production design; moody 'film noir' photography, engaging music score and interesting story. Weak points: muddled script(more plotholes than a Stephen King cemetry); stilted dialogue and wooden acting. Recommended only for diehard 1950s sci-fi fans(like myself)- this film is both a joy and a disappointment.


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