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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... John Lawrence
Margaret Field ... Enid Elliot
Raymond Bond ... Prof. Elliot
... Dr. Mears
... Tommy - the Constable
David Ormont ... Inspector Porter
Gilbert Fallman ... Dr. Robert Blane
Tom Daly ... Donal - a searcher
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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27 April 1951 (USA)  »

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O Homem do Planeta X  »

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$41,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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When Dr. Mears tries to overcome the alien by shutting off his breathing apparatus, you can see the circular hole in the top of the aliens helmet enabling the actor Pat Goldin to breath. See more »

Quotes

John Lawrence: [desperately] If the men don't buckle down to the job, this is going to be a village of zombies!
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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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A Murky But Predictable Space Invader Movie
7 August 2002 | by See 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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