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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.

Director:

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 WEIRDEST Visitor the Earth has ever seen! 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, 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 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

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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Dr Who, where are you?!
10 July 2001 | by whrichardsSee all my reviews

Having caught this film quite by accident, i felt gripped not only its innate cheesiness but also several little gems of direction and production design. If you can get past the stereotypes (doddery professor, beautiful daughter, brash American newsman), and the awful accents (isn't that policeman Irish, rather than Scottish?!) The Man From Planet X is a very watchable b-movie. The alien reminded me of the last days of the Spirit comic strip and the lonely croft amongst the billowing fog was a very stark image. Add to this the beautifully sleek (although wholly impractical) spaceship, typically 50s in design, some great chiarascuro cinematography (the alley abduction scene), plus that low-pitched camera outside the dungeon, and you've got a very technically engaging movie.

Never mind that the plot's got more holes than a string vest (where did all those soldiers come from?) and the acting and script are as wooden as a Scots pine dresser, enjoy it on a technical level if you can't engage with the human drama. As with many films of this ilk, the denoument was a bit hurried but all in all, this watches as well as (or dare i say, better than) any episode of Dr Who - with which it shares many similarities.


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