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The Strange World of Planet X (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror | 31 December 1958 (USA)
A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.

Director:

Gilbert Gunn

Writers:

Paul Ryder (screenplay), Rene Ray (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Forrest Tucker ... Gil Graham
Gaby André ... Michele Dupont
Martin Benson ... Smith
Alec Mango ... Dr. Laird
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Brigadier Cartwright (as Wyndam Goldie)
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer ... Jimmy Murray
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Tucker (as Dandy Nicholls)
Richard Warner ... Insp. Burns
Patricia Sinclair Patricia Sinclair ... Helen Forsyth
Geoffrey Chater ... Gerard Wilson
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Mrs. Hale (as Hilda Fennemore)
Susan Redway Susan Redway ... Jane Hale
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Storyline

At a small, rural British lab, monomaniac Dr. Laird and his staff create ultra-intense magnetic fields. Inexplicably, the apparatus seems to be affecting distant objects, and to be drawing "extra power" from...somewhere. One night, after a "freak" storm, strange and deadly things start happening in Bryerly Woods, and a strange man from "a long way off" appears in the district...concerned about Laird's pulling down disaster from the skies. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

EVERY SECOND YOUR PULSE POUNDS THEY GROW FOOT BY INCREDIBLE FOOT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmic Monsters See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was first released on VHS tape in the U.S. by Englewood Video, a part of their "Science Fiction Gold" series (see cover above). Using the same cover artwork, Times Forgotten released the film on DVD, at whose website it still remains available. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Laird installs a fence of corrugated iron around his home as a shield against the magnetic forces he is producing, but the exterior shot of the house in the final scene shows no fence. See more »

Quotes

Brig. General Cartwright: There's no one else available to operate this computer of yours.
Dr. Laird: But a... woman? This is preposterous. This is highly skilled work!
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Alternate Versions

The film was originally released in the UK in 1958 with an uncut 'X' certificate as "The Strange World of Planet X". It was then cut down to an 'A' certificate in 1960 and released as "The Strange World", and was missing some shots of Michelle trapped in a giant web and a dead man's face being eaten by an insect. See more »

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Illustrated radio
25 June 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I once read an interesting theory from a famous British actor as to why so many American movies were so much successful with audiences than British movies. He claimed that many British movies were scripted as "illustrated radio" - with scripts that might play on radio, but wouldn't be appealing if filmed. This movie is strong evidence to that theory. The first two-thirds of the movie are extremely dull, with characters talking endlessly and there being virtually no action. The last third of the movie is slightly better than what happened beforehand, with some action and some special effects. But the fact that the giant bug effects are so obvious and so cheap (you almost never see a human in the same shot as one of the giant insects), it's not even good for some unintended laughs. You feel embarrassed for the filmmakers instead. If you want to see a giant bug movie, watch an American effort instead.


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