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The Invisible Boy (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 18 October 1957 (USA)
A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.

Director:

Herman Hoffman

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screenplay), Edmund Cooper (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Eyer ... Timmie Merrinoe
Philip Abbott ... Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Diane Brewster ... Mary Merrinoe
Harold J. Stone ... Gen. Swayne
Robert H. Harris ... Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley John O'Malley ... Prof. Baine
Robby the Robot ... Robby
Gage Clarke ... Dr. Bannerman
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Prof. Zeller
Jefferson Searles Jefferson Searles ... Prof. Foster (as Jefferson Dudley Searles)
Alfred Linder Alfred Linder ... Martin / Computer
Ralph Votrian ... 1st Gate Sergeant
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... 2nd Gate Sergeant
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Storyline

Timmie is a typical ten-year-old boy: he loves fun and mischief and hates to study. When his scientist father, in an attempt to improve Timmie's mind, plops him in front of the Super Computer, the boy learns more than how to beat his dad at chess. With designs on world domination, the computer has Timmie reactivate Robbie the Robot and directs the metal hulk to do his bidding. But while Robbie is an efficient minion, can he be made to harm the boy who gave him life? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Spaceship See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robby the Robot's appearance in the film was partly because it was so expensive to build him for Forbidden Planet (1956) that MGM felt obliged to use him in another project. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Dr. Bannerman pronounces Colonel Macklin dead, tape marks denoting the actors' positions are clearly visible on the floor as the camera pulls out and the cast members obligingly stand up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Tom Merrinoe: General Swayne! Certainly didn't expect to see you in person.
Gen. Swayne: Thought I'd be my own messenger boy this time.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over an entry gate to someone's lovely, expensive home, and towards the end of it, we hear and see a motorcade enter the property. See more »

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Featured in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) See more »

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"Wait till I catch him tied to a tree. I'll clobber him! Bash his teeth in!"
30 September 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

MGM sci-fi flick about a young boy and his robot friend trying to stop an evil supercomputer from taking over the world. There is some invisibility in this one but it seems like it was just tacked-on to justify the title. It's certainly not important to the plot. This has no connection with the earlier Invisible Man series from Universal, either. It has somewhat of a connection to the classic Forbidden Planet, which was the first movie with Robby the Robot. Here, it's said Robby was brought from the future via time travel so there's an implication (though never stated definitely) that it's the same character from the other film. This is more of a kiddie movie than serious science fiction. It goes on longer than necessary and offers little to impress. The cast is fine, although child actor Richard Eyer seems like a poor man's Jerry Mathers. The best thing about the movie (besides Robby, of course) are the old-school computers and whatnots. Silly but charming in its way. It's no Forbidden Planet, that's for sure.


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