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The Invisible Boy (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 18 October 1957 (USA)
A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.

Director:

Herman Hoffman

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screenplay), Edmund Cooper (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Eyer ... Timmie Merrinoe
Philip Abbott ... Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Diane Brewster ... Mary Merrinoe
Harold J. Stone ... Gen. Swayne
Robert H. Harris ... Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley John O'Malley ... Prof. Baine
Robby the Robot ... Robby
Gage Clarke ... Dr. Bannerman
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Prof. Zeller
Jefferson Searles Jefferson Searles ... Prof. Foster (as Jefferson Dudley Searles)
Alfred Linder Alfred Linder ... Martin / Computer
Ralph Votrian ... 1st Gate Sergeant
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... 2nd Gate Sergeant
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Storyline

Timmie is a typical ten-year-old boy: he loves fun and mischief and hates to study. When his scientist father, in an attempt to improve Timmie's mind, plops him in front of the Super Computer, the boy learns more than how to beat his dad at chess. With designs on world domination, the computer has Timmie reactivate Robbie the Robot and directs the metal hulk to do his bidding. But while Robbie is an efficient minion, can he be made to harm the boy who gave him life? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Spaceship See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a connection with this movie and Forbidden Planet (1956) when Timmie discovers a photo from the future, dated March 26, 2309, showing the return of the C57D spacecraft landing at Chicago Spaceport. The photo has his uncle in the photo, which would suggest "time travel". Timmie says the photo is over three hundred years from now. Which would explain why Robby the Robot is in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Dr. Bannerman pronounces Colonel Macklin dead, tape marks denoting the actors' positions are clearly visible on the floor as the camera pulls out and the cast members obligingly stand up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Tom Merrinoe: General Swayne! Certainly didn't expect to see you in person.
Gen. Swayne: Thought I'd be my own messenger boy this time.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over an entry gate to someone's lovely, expensive home, and towards the end of it, we hear and see a motorcade enter the property. See more »

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Pleasantly odd.
14 July 2004 | by vjuhohSee all my reviews

Such a strange film. One that doesn't really know which gimmick to run with: the super computer, the borrowed and infamous Robby the robot, invisibility, or space travel. It's a schizophrenic jumble of the time's sci-fi staples, with absurdly weak links. Still, I can't say it was ever dull.

One thing that struck me about this picture, was the dry humor involving the Scientist father. He reacts almost casually to his son's sudden intelligence boost and invisibility. It comes off like a satire of the Cleaver-type family, and was a welcome surprise.

Give this one a chance if you catch it on Turner Classic Movies one night. But I wouldn't recommend seeking it out for purchase.


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