4.7/10
355
24 user 21 critic

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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after hitting it with their car.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One of the first science fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail tells the story of the first trip to the Moon.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill
Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge
The Bat (1959)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Director: Crane Wilbur
Stars: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney
Fantasy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Chester Morris, Tom Conway, Cathy Downs
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

Director: Ib Melchior
Stars: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal
Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Martians replace a scientist and his family to pave way for their invasion.

Director: Maury Dexter
Stars: Kent Taylor, Marie Windsor, William Mims
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Beverly Garland, Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney Jr.
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ghost creature from space! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Featured in Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on: The Cosmic Man (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cosmic Carradine and his golf ball from outer space
27 April 2013 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"The Cosmic Man" is a charming attempt to make a $5.00 version of "The Day the Earth Stood Still". It's an extremely low-budgeted Sci-Fi movie from the late fifties, so this generally means there are stern scientists talking a lot of pseudo-philosophical gibberish and asking themselves way too many rhetorical questions, villainous looking military men fantasizing about weapons of mass destruction and mysterious alien forces with minds that are immeasurably superior to ours. When a spherical UFO – a gigantic golf ball actually – is discovered in a small Californian canyon community, the army wants to nuke it and a local scientist wants to study it. Meanwhile, the alien passenger sneaks out of his interstellar golf ball and begins exploring the earthly habits, rites and inhabitants. This is where our cute and cheap little B-movie rips off "The Day the Earth Stood Still", in fact, as the alien witnesses the imbecility and self-destructive nature of the human race. How come aliens get such a kick out of observing how stupid we are? Like in a few hundred of the films he starred in, John Carradine receives top-billing even though he appears all together perhaps for a whole five minutes. "The Cosmic Man" is often rather dull and doesn't contain any real action, but it certainly has good intentions and an earnest supportive cast.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed