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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>

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Taglines:

Man and alien unite to combat the most insidious peril the universe has ever known! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmic Monsters See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Artistes Alliance Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (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

When Gil Graham (Forest Tucker) and Jimmy rescue the new school teacher from the giant insects, they learn that Michele (Gaby André) is in danger outside. Graham goes running out of the building, but when the camera shows the outside of the school, it is obviously not Forest Tucker, but a stand-in that is running out. 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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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Cosmic Monsters (1998) See more »

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Grasshoppers
10 September 2012 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

Of all the giant insects flicks of the 1950s, this is probably the worst. But as a low-budget sci-fi flick with a modest mystery, it's not so bad. First, the good news: Forrest Tucker and others are conducting magnetic experiments, which leads to a problem: the experiments allow cosmic rays to bombard the land, resulting in giant insects, reptiles and spiders. And they're all very hungry. A strange individual (Michael Benson) shows up to help. He's from another planet, naturally. Now for the bad news: the giant insects and reptiles and whatnot are simply regular creepy crawlies poorly enlarged through the camera lens. The one exception is a spider that tries to eat the obligatory helpless heroine (Gaby Andre). There's a bit of gore, but not enough to keep the kiddies away. Tucker is solid, as always, and Benson is oddly believable as the friendly alien. It has been suggested his performance was based on Michael Rennie's alien visitor in "The Day The Earth Stood Still."


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