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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Gil Graham
... Michele Dupont
... Smith
... Dr. Laird
Wyndham Goldie ... Brigadier Cartwright (as Wyndam Goldie)
Hugh Latimer ... Jimmy Murray
... Mrs. Tucker (as Dandy Nicholls)
... Insp. Burns
Patricia Sinclair ... Helen Forsyth
Geoffrey Chater ... Gerard Wilson
Hilda Fenemore ... Mrs. Hale (as Hilda Fennemore)
Susan Redway ... Jane Hale
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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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Man and alien unite to combat the most insidious peril the universe has ever known! See more »

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Cosmic Monsters  »

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1.33 : 1
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The film was distributed in the UK by Eros Films. In 1958 it was released in the US by Distributors Corporation of America on a double bill with The Crawling Eye (allegedly, DCA considered the alternative titles The Crawling Terror and The Crawling Horror for the second feature). See more »

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When the bugs are banging at the schoolhouse door, the top moves in and out, suggesting that there no pin in the upper hinge. 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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Remake of The Strange World of Planet X (1956) See more »

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Why I enjoyed the film; points of interest.
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"The Strange World of Planet X" (British, 1957; usually shown as "The Cosmic Monsters" on American TV) has been one of my favorites for many years. It's been said that films of this type don't appeal to anyone except the public, since they're usually despised by critics, but I found this film great scary fun to watch (throughout many repeated viewings) as well as a good example of how a low budget can be stretched. The performances are sincere; Forrest Tucker is his reliable self as the hero, and I particularly admired the performance of Martin Benson as "Mr. Smith", a benevolent visitor from afar probably inspired by Michael Rennie's "Klaatu" character in 1951's "The Day The Earth Stood Still". The film builds suspense quite well, and there are suitably harrowing scenes involving giant insects. This originally played American theatres as a double feature with another nifty British chiller, "The Trollenberg Terror" aka "The Crawling Eye", which also starred Forrest Tucker.


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