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The Cosmic Man (1959)

A spherical UFO proves to contain one alien visitor. How to deal with him? Investigators disagree...

Director:

Herbert S. Greene

Writers:

Arthur C. Pierce (original story), Arthur C. Pierce (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Cosmic Man
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Karl Sorenson
Angela Greene ... Kathy Grant
Paul Langton ... Col. Matthews
Scotty Morrow ... Ken Grant
Lyn Osborn Lyn Osborn ... Sgt. Gray
Walter Maslow Walter Maslow ... Dr. 'Rich' Richie
Herbert Lytton ... Gen. Knowland
Ken Clayton Ken Clayton ... Master Sergeant
Alan Wells ... Sergeant
Harry Fleer Harry Fleer ... Bill, the Park Ranger
John Erman John Erman ... Radar Operator
Dwight Brooks Dwight Brooks ... Major
Hal Torey Hal Torey ... Dr. Steinholtz
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Storyline

The latest UFO, a white globe levitating in a California canyon, is investigated by the Air Force, aided by physicist Karl Sorensen. Just big enough for one "man", the object seems impenetrable, but that night a half-invisible being visits the town, and a strange bundled-up man takes a room at Angela Green's mountain lodge, the investigators' headquarters. Sorensen thinks the Cosmic Man is benevolent, but to the colonel he represents either danger...or military advantage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Thing That Could Destroy the Earth! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Monstro da Era Atômica See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Futura Productions Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While examining the sphere, an Air Force corporal places devices around the object. The devices are actually reflective grids used by film crews to adjust the lighting in specific parts of a shot. See more »

Goofs

The shiny surface of the glowing alien spacecraft clearly reflects the additional lights being used to light it. See more »

Connections

References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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An enjoyable late 50's alien invasion movie
21 April 2004 | by Chris GaskinSee all my reviews

I have just watched The Cosmic Man for the first time and rather enjoyed it, despite reading several bad reviews about it. This was released on video in Britain as part of the Killer B's series, now out of print. I have an NTSC copy which is part of the excellent Science Fiction Gold series. It is basically a remake of he Day The Earth Stood Still.

A strange sphere from outer space lands in a canyon in California, and the Air Force come and investigate it. The same night, a strange, half invisible figure is seen roaming around the local town and not long after, a man in a rain coat and hat comes to stay at the local mountain lodge. He makes out he is a scientist who is investigating the sphere, but is actually the Cosmic Man from the sphere. After making the lodge owner's crippled son walk again, he is shot and the sphere explodes.

Despite being first billed, horror legend John Carradine as the Cosmic Man doesn't appear a great deal. This movie also stars Bruce Bennett, Angela Greene and Scotty Morrow as the crippled boy.

This movie is worth watching if you get the chance.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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