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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:

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

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmic Monsters See more »

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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

Wyndham Goldie's (as Wyndam Goldie) final film. He died on 26th September 1957, before it was released. See more »

Goofs

When the soldiers fire their rifles, the sound-effect includes the 'zing' of a ricochet rather then simply the 'crack' of a rifle shot. 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 Rhino Video release of this film in the U.S. used a print of the original British version with its original title "The Strange World of Planet X" intact. See more »

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Classic British science fiction of its era.
28 December 2009 | by gallimore-johnSee all my reviews

I have been a collector of the British cinema of the 1930's to the mid 60's for some years. One of my principle interests is in the backgrounds and 'business' behind the main story.

Science fiction films were difficult to produce at the time in Britain, as the budgets were low, even in comparison to US 'B' movies , and yet to earn export dollars they had to be pleasing to an American audience.

Fortunately for we viewers this film has avoided falling in to the trap of using wobbly scenery to subsidise special effects The setting for the story is an attractive but unremarkable village on the south coast conveniently close by train and coach to London.

There is the village pub, the police station, the school, Brierley woods and the discreet research centre.

These all provide authentic backdrops for the well constructed and well developed plot.

I suspect that the giant insect incident with its macro-photography and army documentary splices was 'shoe-horned' into the plot to make the film more saleable in the US.

The science of the fiction is not only of the same style as perhaps John Wyndham or Quatermass, but also Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle, its presentation laid out as stage play and a novel.

Watch this film with enjoyment, particularly if you can appreciate the difference in rank between a Hillman and a Singer car driver..!!!


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