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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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Man and alien unite to combat the most insidious peril the universe has ever known! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

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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

Co-star Gaby André was French and spoke English with a pronounced French accent. All of her dialogue was dubbed over by an actress with a British accent. 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 film was originally released in the UK in 1958 with an uncut 'X' certificate as "The Strange World of Planet X". It was then cut down to an 'A' certificate in 1960 and released as "The Strange World", and was missing some shots of Michelle trapped in a giant web and a dead man's face being eaten by an insect. See more »

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" This is Planet X calling, . . . you're messing with our Universe "
10 June 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

In England, they produced many a B-Picture which if deemed suitable was shipped to America to entertain American Audiences. Among the more interesting is this entertaining Science Fiction movie entitled " The Strange World of Planet X, " in America it was renamed " Cosmic Monsters. " Whatever it was remembered as, it became a notable movie and a B-Picture Classic, primarily because of American Actor Forest Tucker. He plays Gil Graham a Electronic physicist working with a deranged Scientist who creates a powerful electromagnetic machine capable of upsetting not only the Earth's delicate magnetic field, it's insect population, but also the inter-galactic space-ships from Planet X. One notable star is Martin Benson who plays 'Smith' better remembered as the nervous gangster 'Mr.Solo' from the famous 'Goldfinger' movie. Despite it's modest budget and low-tech special effects, the story remains interesting and Tucker carries it through to a satisfying conclusion. A fun film for all. ***


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