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Commander Adams: Nice climate you have here. High oxygen content.

Robby the Robot: I seldom use it myself, sir. It promotes rust.

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Cook: Another one of them new worlds. No beer, no women, no pool parlors, nothin'. Nothin' to do but throw rocks at tin cans, and we gotta bring our own tin cans.

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[Robby the Robot has been asked to duplicate whiskey]

Robby the Robot: Would 60 gallons be sufficient?

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Altaira Morbius: [swimming in a pool] Come on in.

Commander Adams: I didn't bring my bathing suit.

Altaira Morbius: What's a bathing suit?

Commander Adams: [quickly turning his back] Oh, murder!

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Robby the Robot: Morbius. Morbius!

Dr. Morbius: What?

Robby the Robot: Something is approaching from the southwest. It is now quite close.

[they run to the windows and look out, but see nothing]

Commander Adams: Could Robby be wrong?

Dr. Morbius: No. Never.

[an invisible force rips down the trees; Morbius closes the steel shutters over the windows]

Dr. Morbius: I feel sorry for you, young man.

Commander Adams: Feel sorry for your daughter, Morbius.

Altaira Morbius: It's listening.

[the monster pounds on the steel shielding, denting it]

Dr. Morbius: Alta, go into my study.

Commander Adams: You still refuse to face the truth.

Dr. Morbius: What truth?

Commander Adams: Morbius, that thing out there - it's *you*.

Dr. Morbius: You're insane. How else would you have led it here, where Alta must see you torn to pieces?

Commander Adams: You still think she's immune? She's joined herself to me, body and soul!

Altaira Morbius: Yes, and whatever comes, forever.

Dr. Morbius: Say it's a lie. Shout, let it hear you out there! Tell it you don't love this man!

Altaira Morbius: Not even if I could.

[the steel shielding begins to break]

Dr. Morbius: Stop it, Robby! Don't let it in! Kill it, Robby!

[Robby shorts out]

Commander Adams: It's no use. He knows it's your other self.

[steel shielding breaks; they run]

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[to Altaira]

Commander Adams: I'm in command of 18 competitively selected super-perfect physical specimens with an average age of 24.6 who have been locked up in hyperspace for 378 days. It would have served you right if I hadn't... and he... oh go on, get out of here before I have you run out of the area under guard - and then I'll put more guards on the guards!

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Dr. Morbius: Guilty! Guilty! My evil self is at that door, and I have no power to stop it!

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Altaira Morbius: Where have you been? I've beamed and beamed.

Robby the Robot: Sorry, miss. I was giving myself an oil-job.

Altaira Morbius: Robby, I must have a new dress, right away.

Robby the Robot: Again?

Altaira Morbius: Oh, but this one must be different! Absolutely nothing must show - below, above or through.

Robby the Robot: Radiation-proof?

Altaira Morbius: No, just eye-proof will do.

Robby the Robot: Thick and heavy?

Altaira Morbius: Oh, no, Robby. It must be the loveliest, softest thing you've ever made for me, and fit in all the right places, with lots and lots of star sapphires.

Robby the Robot: Star sapphires take a week to crystallize properly. Would diamonds or emeralds do?

Altaira Morbius: Well, if they're large enough.

Robby the Robot: Five, ten, and fifteen carats, and on hand. I will run the dress up for you in time for breakfast. Sleep well, miss.

Altaira Morbius: Thank you, Robby. I don't care now whether I do or not!

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[to Altaira]

Commander Adams: Alta, about a million years from now the human race will have crawled up to where the Krell stood in their great moment of triumph and tragedy. And your father's name will shine again like a beacon in the galaxy. It's true, it will remind us that we are, after all, not God.

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[while showing the captain a plaster cast of a monster foot print]

Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: Anywhere in the galaxy this is a nightmare.

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Dr. Morbius: Altaira, I specifically asked you not to join us for lunch.

Altaira Morbius: Lunch is over. You didn't say anything about not coming in for coffee. Well, you didn't, did you?

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Commander Adams: Whatever you know in here, your other self knows out there.

Dr. Morbius: [angrily] I'm not a monster, you...

Commander Adams: [grappling with Morbius] We're all part monsters in our subconscious, so we have laws and religion!

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Dr. Morbius: The fool, the meddling idiot! As though his ape's brain could contain the secrets of the Krell!

Altaira Morbius: [shocked] Father, he's *dead*!

Dr. Morbius: He was warned, and now he's paid! Let him be buried with the other victims of human greed and folly!

Altaira Morbius: [coldly] Morbius. You wanted me to make a choice. Now you've chosen for me.

Dr. Morbius: Alta?

Altaira Morbius: [to Commander Adams] I'm ready to go with you, darling.

[she runs up the stairs]

Dr. Morbius: Altaira! No!

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Dr. Morbius: In times long past, this planet was the home of a mighty, noble race of beings who called themselves the Krell. Ethically and technologically they were a million years ahead of humankind, for in unlocking the mysteries of nature they had conquered even their baser selves, and when in the course of eons they had abolished sickness and insanity, crime and all injustice, they turned, still in high benevolence, upwards towards space. Then, having reached the heights, this all-but-divine race perished in a single night, and nothing was preserved above ground.

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Dr. Morbius: One cannot behold the face of the gorgon and live!

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Commander Adams: What is the Id?

Dr. Morbius: [frustrated] Id, id, id, id, id!

[calming down]

Dr. Morbius: It's a... It's an obsolete term. I'm afraid once used to describe the elementary basis of the subconscious mind.

Commander Adams: [to himself] Monsters from the id...

Dr. Morbius: Huh?

Commander Adams: Monsters from the subconscious. Of course. That's what Doc meant. Morbius. The big machine, 8,000 miles of klystron relays, enough power for a whole population of creative geniuses, operated by remote control. Morbius, operated by the electromagnetic impulses of individual Krell brains.

Dr. Morbius: To what purpose?

Commander Adams: In return, that ultimate machine would instantaneously project solid matter to any point on the planet, In any shape or color they might imagine. For *any* purpose, Morbius! Creation by mere thought.

Dr. Morbius: Why haven't I seen this all along?

Commander Adams: But like you, the Krell forgot one deadly danger - their own subconscious hate and lust for destruction.

Dr. Morbius: The beast. The mindless primitive! Even the Krell must have evolved from that beginning.

Commander Adams: And so those mindless beasts of the subconscious had access to a machine that could never be shut down. The secret devil of every soul on the planet all set free at once to loot and maim. And take revenge, Morbius, and kill!

Dr. Morbius: My poor Krell. After a million years of shining sanity, they could hardly have understood what power was destroying them.

[pause]

Dr. Morbius: Yes, young man, all very convincing, but for one obvious fallacy. The last Krell died 2,000 centuries ago. But today, as we all know, there is still at large on this planet a living monster.

Commander Adams: Your mind refuses to face the conclusion.

Dr. Morbius: What do you mean?

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Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: You ought to see my new mind... it's up there in lights...

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Robby the Robot: [approaches from vehicle, stops and bows] Welcome to Altair IV, Gentlemen.

Robby the Robot: I am to transport you to the residence.

Robby the Robot: If you do not speak English I am at your disposal with 187 other languages along with their various dialects and sub-tongues.

Commander Adams: Colloquial English will do fine, thank you.

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Robby the Robot: Quiet please. I am analyzing.

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Dr. Morbius: ...No doctor, not even though I were the mad scientist of the tape thriller...

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Dr. Morbius: [Commander Adams has just unwittingly activated the Krell self destruct mechanism at Dr. Morbius' instruction] In 24 hours you must be 100 million miles out in space. Krell furnaces... chain reaction... they cannot be reversed.

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[Lt. Farman offers the brilliant but innocent Altaira some sugar for her coffee]

Altaira Morbius: But you keep helping me. After all, you're not Robby.

Lt. Farman: [chuckles] I wouldn't mind being Robby in certain ways. Uh, that's only in *certain* ways, of course.

Altaira Morbius: I can see that was probably very clever, but I don't seem to understand it.

Lt. Farman: There's no rush.

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Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: The total potential here must be nothing less than astronomical.

Dr. Morbius: Nothing less. The number 10 raised almost literally to the power of infinity.

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Dr. Morbius: Do you understand the mechanism, Robby?

Robby the Robot: Yes, Morbius. A simple blaster.

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Altaira Morbius: Robby, I must have a new dress, right away.

Robby the Robot: Again?

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Robby the Robot: If you do not speak English, I am at your disposal with 187 other languages along with their various dialects and sub-tongues.

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Chief Quinn: I'll bet any quantum mechanic in the service would give the rest of his life to fool around with this gadget.

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Dr. Morbius: How ironic that a simple scholar, with no ambition, beyond a modest measure of seclusion, should out of the clear sky, find himself besieged by an army of fellow creatures, all grimly determined to be of service.

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Dr. Morbius: Yes, a single machine, a cube 20 miles on each side.

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Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: Morbius was too close to the problem. The Krell had completed their project. Big machine. No instrumentalities. True creation.

Commander Adams: Come on, Doc, let's have it.

Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: But the Krell forgot one thing.

Commander Adams: Yes, what?

Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: Monsters, John. Monsters from the id.

Commander Adams: The Id? What's that? Talk, Doc!

[Doc slumps and dies]

Commander Adams: Doc?

Commander Adams: [sadly] Oh, Doc. Doc.

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Commander Adams: Dr. Morbius, just what were the symptoms of all those other deaths, the unnatural ones I mean.

Dr. Morbius: The symptoms were striking Commander. One by one in spite of every safeguard my co-workers were torn literally limb from limb.

Commander Adams: By what?

Dr. Morbius: By some devilish thing that never once showed itself.

Commander Adams: And the Bellerophon?

Dr. Morbius: Vaporized as the three remaining survivors tried to take her off.

Commander Adams: And yet in all these 19 years you personally have never again been bothered by this planetary force?

Dr. Morbius: Only in nightmares of those times. And yet always in my mind I seem to feel the creature is lurking somewhere close at hand, sly and irresistible and only waiting to be reinvoked for murder.

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[first Lines]

Narrator: In the final decade of the 21st Century, men and women in rocket ships landed on the moon. By 2200 A.D., they had reached the other planets of our solar system. Almost at once there followed the discovery of hyperdrive through which the speed of light was first obtained and later greatly surpassed. And so, at last, mankind began the conquest and colonization of deep space. United Planets Cruiser C57D, now more than a year out from Earth Base on a special mission to the planetary system of the great main-sequence star Altair.

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Dr. Morbius: My poor Krell.

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Dr. Morbius: [as his invisible id approaches] Stop! No further! I deny you, I give you up!

[Morbius crumbles under the force of the Id]

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