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The Man from Planet X (1951)

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

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer
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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 WEIRDEST Visitor the Earth has ever seen! See more »


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According to producer Jack Pollexfen, the original budget was set at $38,000 and it was ultimately brought in by director Edgar G. Ulmer at $41,000. 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 »

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[last lines]
Enid Elliot: You know, I think that creature was friendly. I wonder what would have happened if... if Dr. Mears hadn't frightened him.
John Lawrence: Who knows? Perhaps the greatest curse ever to befall the world, or perhaps the greatest blessing.
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Classic among Big-Headed Monsters
13 April 2000 | by clearwriteSee all my reviews

One of the five sci-fi's I remember every single detail of from my earliest days as a fan. For the genre, I think it's considerably above average. The moor is nicely atmospheric. There's one of every character in the book: the good guy, the bad guy, the local sheriff, the lovely damsel, her father the old professor, etc. The scene where we're looking for the first time through the window of the ship and the visitor peeks out from the other side is easily as good as the three-fingered-hand-on-the-shoulder in War of the Worlds. Nice "character" to the visitor, for whom, like Karloff's Frankenstein, we end up feeling some empathy .


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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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1.37 : 1
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