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Forbidden Planet (1956) was a Mystery - Science Fiction Film directed by Fred M. Wilcox and produced by Nicholas Nayfack.

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 11, 2018 From 4 Star Films

We’re all part monsters in our subconscious. ~ Leslie Nielsen as Commander Adams I couldn’t help?but recall Han Solo’s line about the Millenium Falcon in the original Star Wars in response to Luke’s derision. After giving?his pride and joy?an affectionate pat he defends her r... Read full article


“Monsters! Monsters from the Id!”: Forbidden Planet (1956)

on Sep 26, 2016 From True Classics

The Wonders in the Dark sci-fi countdown rolls on, and here’s another contribution from yours truly: at #25, it’s the 1956 deep-space classic?Forbidden Planet: MGM, the studio that produced Forbidden Planet, threw a couple million dollars into the production of the film, and it shows in ... Read full article


Project X: A Bit of Mission: Impossible, a Pinch of Forbidden Planet, and a Dash of Jonny Quest

By Rick29 on Aug 25, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Chris George as Hagan Arnold. One of William Castle's final films as a director, the seldom-shown Project X is a science fiction film brimming with innovative ideas--perhaps too many. Set in 2118, it has a team of scientists trying to retrieve a forgotten secret from deep inside the mind of gove... Read full article


Project X: A Bit of Mission: Impossible, a Pinch of Forbidden Planet, and a Dash of Jonny Quest

By Rick29 on Aug 25, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Chris George as Hagan Arnold. One of William Castle's final films as a director, the seldom-shown Project X is a science fiction film brimming with innovative ideas--perhaps too many. Set in 2118, it has a team of scientists trying to retrieve a forgotten secret from deep inside the mind of gove... Read full article


The Brave New World of FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)

By Jennifer Garlen on May 23, 2014 From Virtual Virago

This post is part of the CMBA Blogathon: Fabulous Films of the 50s. Visit the Classic Movie Blog Association's website for links to all of the participating blogs! The 1956 science fiction classic Forbidden Planet is like one of those desserts that secretly has spinach or wheat germ in it. On the... Read full article


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Commander John J. Adams: Nice climate you have here. High oxygen content.
Robby the Robot: I seldom use it myself, sir. It promotes rust.


[Lt. Farman offers the brilliant but innocent Altaira some sugar for her coffee]
Altaira: But you keep helping me. After all, you're not Robby.
Lt. Farman: [chuckles] I wouldn't mind being Robby in certain ways. Uh, that's only in *certain* ways, of course.
Altaira: I can see that was probably very clever, but I don't seem to understand it.
Lt. Farman: There's no rush.


Dr. Edward Morbius: In times long past, this planet was the home of a mighty, noble race of beings who called themselves the Krell. Ethically and technologically they were a million years ahead of humankind, for in unlocking the meaning of nature they had conquered even their baser selves, and when in the course of eons they had abolished sickness and insanity, crime and all injustice, they turned, still in high benevolence, upwards towards space. Then, having reached the heights, this all-but-divine race disappeared in a single night, and nothing was preserved above ground.


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Studio chief Dore Schary and producer Nicholas Nayfack were unsure about releasing the film with a solely electronic score by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron. A rough cut of the film was previewed with the electronic score. The audience reaction to the film overall was so favorable that Dore Schary ordered the rough cut to be released with the electronic score and no further editing.
The "electronic tonalities" created by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron were reused several years later in another science fiction film From the Earth to the Moon that was produced by RKO.
Robert Kinoshita, who is credited as building Robby the Robot, was also Art Director for the TV series Lost in Space. Many of the Lost in Space Robot's features are similar to Robby's: glass "head" with animated elements; rotating antenna "ears" (although LiS Robot's ears rarely moved after the pilot episode); flashing light "mouth"; chest panel with more animated elements. For that matter, much of the layout of Forbidden Planet's spaceship is mirrored by LiS's Jupiter 2: saucer shape; integral landing gear/entry stairs; lower external dome with animated lights; central, plexi-domed navigation station; vertical hibernacula arranged along perimeter. In addition, Robby and the LiS Robot had a couple of "family reunions" in two LiS episodes: War of the Robots and Condemned of Space.
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